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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

  Bullitt now knows that the murdered state's witness wasn't mobster Johnny Ross after all, it was Albert Renick (Felice Orlandi), a car salesman who Ross had paid to take his place to take the heat from his pursuers.  Following up, Bullitt finds out that Ross is at San Francisco airport (map) about to take a Pan Am flight out of the country under Renick's name.

Then ...  Bullitt rushes to the Pan Am terminal at the airport, in the South Terminal.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport
  ... from the 1960s ...  this vintage photo shows the departure level of the South Terminal as seen in the movie view above but viewed from the opposite direction.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

... and Now,  the airport has changed greatly since then but the terminal is still there, now called Terminal 1, although it has itself seen many changes over the years and is now used for domestic flights only.  Here's how it looks curbside today (below).

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport
 

 

Then ...  Director Yates used hundreds of extras for the airport scenes.  Here are some of them in the check-in area.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport
... and Now,  Terminal 1's check-in area today.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

 

 

Then ...  San Francisco airport in 1968 had only two terminals as seen in the aerial photo below.  Central Terminal was built in the mid 1950s, South Terminal in the 1960s.

 

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport
... and Now,  Today there are four terminals.  South Terminal is now known as Terminal 1, Central Terminal became Terminal 2, Terminal 3 was added in the late 1970s and the International Terminal opened in 2000.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

 

  Ross's plane has already left the gate but Bullitt orders it to return to the terminal. As the passengers file out Johnny Ross (the real one, played by Pat Renella), in desperation, jumps from the plane to the tarmac as Bullitt closes in.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

 

  Bullitt follows him and a night-time chase across the runways ensues that is as daring and exciting as the movie's better-known car chase.  Below, Bullitt ducks under a passing Boeing 707 to the soundtrack accompaniment of screaming engines.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

 

  After a harrowing exchange of gunfire Ross runs back into the terminal.  Bullitt catches up with him and much to the consternation of the teeming crowd finally gets his man.

Bullitt - Showdown At The Airport

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