Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
H.B. Halicki ...
Marion Busia ...
Jerry Daugirda ...
James McIntyre ...
George Cole ...
Ronald Halicki ...
Markos Kotsikos ...
Butch Stockton ...
1-Baker-11 detective (driver)
Phil Woods ...
1-Baker-11 detective (passenger)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.C. Agajanian Jr. ...
Light Blue Unmarked Detective
Christopher J.C. Agajanian ...
Gary Bettenhausen ...
Edward Booker ...
Anthony Cole ...
Mark Cole ...


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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HIS BUSINESS IS STEALING CARS...when he goes to work, the excitement starts---and GOES---and GOES---and GOES! See more »


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Release Date:

28 July 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gone in Sixty Seconds  »

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,009,703 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eight different makes and models of police cars were used in this film, all of them either actually still in use by the various city departments featured or real decommissioned vehicles purchased by the director. They encompassed nearly every car in use by the police departments of Los Angeles, Long Beach and South Bay at that time (including the California Highway Patrol): AMC Matador (only seen where an LASD helicopter takes off) Dodge Coronet, Dodge Polara, Ford Custom 500, Mercury Montego, Plymouth Belvedere, Plymouth Fury, Plymouth Satellite. See more »


Just before Eleanor hits the light pole on the freeway, a closeup of the instruments shows that the fuel guage is on empty. See more »


Hawkins: You know something, Vicinski, I bet five more cars have been stolen in just the time I've been here.
Maindrian Pace: No, I don't think so, Hawkins. Good night.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits stop after only one acting credit: "Eleanor." See more »


Referenced in Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) See more »


Boob Tube Blues
Music and Lyrics by Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
Sung by Philip Kachaturian
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The best car-chase film of all time
6 June 2005 | by (Elm Street) – See all my reviews

The original "Gone In 60 Seconds" will be remembered by many viewers as the best car-chase film of all time. It will also be remembered as the film that featured lots of destroyed cars in a 40 minute chase. As said in the film's IMDb trivia: "93 cars are crashed in this 97 minute movie."

The best part of this whole movie is the 40-minute chase scene. So many cars are crashed and destroyed during the chase, including original city police cars. What's more, the chase scene had absolutely NO special effects, meaning that all the crashes and smashes were real. Furthermore, H.B. Halicki himself wrote, directed, and starred in the movie. He even drove the "star car" (the Mustang) throughout the chase!

My only negative comment about the film is that the beginning of the movie is very slow; so slow that you may be very eager to get to the 40-minute chase scene. However, if you have the DVD, you can just watch the film starting from the chase scene if you want to.

Overall, this movie had an awesome chase scene. It is the best chase scene ever filmed in a movie. It has to be seen to be believed.

P.S: This movie is much much better than the awful remake.

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