Oscar-Nominated Peter Yates, Director of Bullitt, Dies at 82

Sad news: The acclaimed British director and producer Peter Yates has passed away at 82 following "a long illness." Yates is perhaps best-known for revolutionizing both car chases and Steve McQueen's coolness in Bullitt, but his entire filmography is varied and remarkably consistent. It includes such titles as Year of the Comet, Breaking Away, The Robbery, Krull and possibly one of the best crime films ever, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Check out the terrific trailer for this hard-hitting Robert Mitchum film after the jump. And just so Monday doesn't start on a completely sad note, I've also included the one-minute "refund" clip from his Oscar-nominated Breaking Away, which is still one of the best cures for a long day that I've ever found.



  • milessilverberg says:

    For Breaking Away and The Dresser alone, he will always remain one of my favorite directors. RIP.

  • Brian Clark says:

    Agreed. Breaking Away still holds up so well. They don't make them like that any more.
    Also, if you haven't seen The Friends of Eddie Coyle, it's as good of a time as any to check it out. A total knockout.