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Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  28 July 1974 (USA)
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Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford... See full summary »

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Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed "Eleanor", in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives are waiting and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away. Written by Paul Morris

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SEK 4,009,703 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Harold Smith's dog was actually owned by cinematographer Jack Vacek, and called Flash. All of the hats Maindrian wears in the film also belonged to Vacek, as did the black Pontiac Trans Am being cleaned in the scene where Atlee steals Lyle Waggoner's car. See more »

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Entire crew filming the chase in front of the Mustang when it plows through boxes in the alley and enters a parking lot. See more »

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Maindrian Pace: Hey, Stanley, what's your new girlfriend's name?
Stanley Chase: Jill, why?
Maindrian Pace: I'm going to name this car after her, 'cause she's a wreck too.
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The opening credits stop after only one acting credit: "Eleanor." See more »

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The standard against all subsequent are measured!
19 June 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's amazing what could be done with a tiny budget and no digital effects. I watched this after having seen the trashy remake, and expected a similar degree of dumb wisecracks and hackneyed sub-plots.

I was impressed, however, to discover real talent behind the camera. The plot is simple: a car thief has to steal 40 fancy cars in a very short time. Using a combination of skill, insider knowledge of the insurance business and just sheer brass, the protagonist and his pals start their automotive harvest. Everything seems done and taken care of, when everything goes to hell at the last moment, leading to what surely be the longest car chase put to film.

The best thing about this movie is its low-budget feel. Many of the early scenes are almost mimed, with voices overdubbed later; you don't see actual dialogue, just hear it on top of the action. But as things progress, it begins to show more polish, and by the time we get to the big chase, you get what appears to be the entire 7th Cavalry Division in squad cars chasing one li'l yellow Mustang.

A very smart touch during the big chase was to frequently cut to the aftermath of car crashes, with wounded cops and civilians being dragged from burning cars and hustled away in ambulances -- it added an edge to the film, to show there are actually consequences to these actions (and how often is that shown on the big screen?).

Aside from the marvelously-choreographed action sequences, there are many moments of great wit, which I won't describe so's not to spoil them.

All in all, a brilliant piece of film-making, made not with glitz, glamor, star-power or special effects -- just sheer talent (and pretty cars, o'course!).


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