How the French do Bullitt | Video

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZXTJRXAwCqA

The plot of this film, titled “Le Marginal,” may be about a loose cannon French cop who doesn’t play by the rules, but we know a Bullitt homage when we see one.

Although few scenes can even come close to Steve McQueen’s iconic chase, we’d say the French know how to make a decent car chase, too.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/1/21 9:15 a.m.

Nice find, Colin. 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/1/21 9:39 a.m.

Is hand-washing your car on a blind corner under a bridge a common practice in France?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/1/21 9:43 a.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

Is hand-washing your car on a blind corner under a bridge a common practice in France?

Maybe? I kinda expected more--like it was foreshadowing and later they'd get caught up in something with the main action. 

APEowner
APEowner SuperDork
10/1/21 9:47 a.m.

Awesome.  And, now I can add Le Marginal style Mustang coupe to the list of cars I'd like to build someday but probably never will.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
10/1/21 9:51 a.m.

That mustang is awesome 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/1/21 10:09 a.m.

This was one of those videos you end up at after falling pretty far down a YouTube rabbit hole. I'll take this over weird conspiracy videos any day, though.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
10/1/21 10:12 a.m.

Is it ok that I like this mustang better than the one on Bullit?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
10/1/21 10:15 a.m.

I think we need jfryjfry's analysis :)

Although I have to say Le Marginal's Mustang is meaner looking than McQueen's.

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/1/21 10:20 a.m.

They couldn't afford to blow up a gas station? 

Mustang50
Mustang50 Reader
10/1/21 11:16 a.m.

A Mustang chasing a Chrysler product.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
10/1/21 11:33 a.m.

There's French Connection, too in there- with the chase under the viaduct or track thing.

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) PowerDork
10/1/21 12:00 p.m.

This I like.

stylngle2003
stylngle2003 Reader
10/1/21 12:49 p.m.

I especially enjoyed the "lead car launches onto right two wheels and smashes the roof into a column before crashing into another column, getting bloodied and battered 3x by chase car" scene.  Pretty sure you can hear someone laughing during that part. 

RossD
RossD MegaDork
10/1/21 12:55 p.m.

Starts Bullitt, but end a bit Blues Brothers-ery

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/1/21 2:05 p.m.

In reply to stylngle2003 :

"He's on the top rope!!"

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
10/1/21 3:43 p.m.

Some Hal Needham - style stunts in there too.  Running through an empty shed, a big plate glass window that just happened to be moved across the path of the chase, and so on.  I'm surprised there wasn't a vendor with a fruit cart (or since it's in France, a vendor with a baguette cart.)

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
10/1/21 5:17 p.m.

Good fun, although I'd rather have seen a Renault A110 as the car being chased.

A pretty great, funky french movie is Diva, which has a couple neat  chase scenes including one (slow one) with a moped if you can imagine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BwG45I03NA

billstewartx
billstewartx New Reader
10/1/21 6:54 p.m.

where did they find a Piece O E36 M3 like a dodge aspen for this movie in france?? 

hahahaha 

CyberEric
CyberEric Dork
10/1/21 7:27 p.m.

Seriously, I kept looking at the car being chased and thinking where the hell did they find that in France?!

And agreed that that Mustang is more badass than the one in Bullitt.

The plate glass reminds me of Wayne's World II.

GTwannaB
GTwannaB HalfDork
10/1/21 8:31 p.m.

The French make the best action flicks. Hollywood get the glamour but props to the French. That was as good as French Connection or 7Ups chase scenes in similar 70s theme. 

Junghole
Junghole SuperDork
10/1/21 8:51 p.m.

All I can say is 

French Connection United Kingdom that was good. 
 

things I liked: a run of the mill mustang, no fancy models. several "over the shoulder" shots from driver POV. Actual damage that stayed on the hero car. A... dodge diplomat? What was that car? The "we did a 360" fake was iffy for me. Wish they did it in one take, no cuts. 
 

things I didn't like: almost replica ripoff styling. The cheesy "through the glass wall" antic. Wtf two wheels. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
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10/1/21 10:31 p.m.

Hubcaps didn't fly off of the dodge. What a disappointment. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/1/21 11:23 p.m.

It's French, shouldn't they be running away from each other?

malibuguy
malibuguy HalfDork
10/2/21 7:53 a.m.

That was pretty good.  Good idea to sunroof the car to help naturally light up the driver

GhiaMonster
GhiaMonster Reader
10/2/21 9:50 a.m.

I liked the tire choice on the Mustang way better than Steve's. Less wheel hop too. Was good to see hits actually racking up damage for once. 

jfryjfry
jfryjfry SuperDork
10/2/21 11:02 a.m.

I love watching car stuff I haven't seen before.     This is really good stuff. 

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
10/2/21 12:02 p.m.
ShawnG said:

It's French, shouldn't they be running away from each other?

Not to be a stick-in-the-mud, but the French have a proud history of valor in combat, but a less proud history of idiot commanders who are lousy strategists.

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
10/2/21 12:29 p.m.

That's not the full scene, the full scene shows a section where he is beside them and they fire directly into his car and he never flinches. No car stuff really is different though they cut all the characters close ups. I was trying to find the full movie since it looks like my kind of horrible 70's/80's action flick.

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/2/21 2:00 p.m.
Kreb (Forum Supporter) said:
ShawnG said:

It's French, shouldn't they be running away from each other?

Not to be a stick-in-the-mud, but the French have a proud history of valor in combat, but a less proud history of idiot commanders who don't know how to apply strategy to protect borders.

But their elite fighting force is made up of the "Not French".

BFMRGTX
BFMRGTX New Reader
10/2/21 2:39 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

France in the 1980s was such a different place.

eastpark
eastpark HalfDork
10/3/21 9:21 a.m.

In reply to chandler :

Well, judging by the way the bullets were bouncing off the windshield I suppose the driver was feeling pretty confident. smiley

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
10/3/21 10:41 a.m.
eastpark said:

In reply to chandler :

Well, judging by the way the bullets were bouncing off the windshield I suppose the driver was feeling pretty confident. smiley

Ha, yeah but the premise of the movie seems to be that he doesn't care anymore and he is going kill those dirty SOBs who drugged his daughter/girlfriend/wife (choose one).

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/4/21 3:22 p.m.

In reply to eastpark :

So is/was the windshield bullet-resistant? Or is French Mustang glass that strong? 

Kinda reminds me of this:

 

ckosacranoid
ckosacranoid SuperDork
10/6/21 3:38 p.m.

That mustang is very badass for sure with the arches and wider wheels.

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