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Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 July 1974 (USA)
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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Release Date:

28 July 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gone in Sixty Seconds  »

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The complete list of 48 cars stolen by Maindrian and his crew for the contract, with the celebrity/business owners, where applicable, is as follows (pieced together from the blackboard in Maindrian's office and the list he gives Atlee and Stanley, as well as dialog throughout the film):
  • 1. Donna: 1973 Stutz Blackhawk (Florence-Western Medical Center)

  • 2. Karen: 1973 Stutz Blackhawk (The Upstairs Art Gallery)

  • 3. Marilyn: 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta

  • 4. Judy: 1962 Ferrari 340 America

  • 5. Kathy: 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I

  • 6. Nancy: 1971 Cadillac Eldorado

  • 7. Terry: 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I (Willie Davis)

  • 8. Dianne: 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine (Morgan Limousine Service)

  • 9. Christy: 1971 Customized Chevrolet Vega

  • 10. Patti: 1971 Citroen SM

  • 11. Marion: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Limousine (The Gamby Mortuary)

  • 12. Janet: 1971 Ford "Big Oly" Bronco (Parnelli Jones)

  • 13. Annie: 1969 Manta Mirage (Whittlesey Motors)

  • 14. Maxine: 1969 De Tomaso Pantera

  • 15. Claudia: 1970 Jaguar XK1500

  • 16. Leona: 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Station Wagon (Bruce Industries)

  • 17. Ruth: 1974 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

  • 18. Sandy: 1972 Maserati Ghibli Coupe

  • 19. Laurie: 1973 Cadillac El Dorado

  • 20. Patricia: 1974 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

  • 21. Tracie: 1967 Lamborghini Miura (Tayco)

  • 22. Kelly: 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I (J.C. Agajanian)

  • 23. Rosie: 1959 Rolls Royce Phantom V

  • 24. Dorothy: 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL

  • 25. Eleanor: 1973 Ford Mustang Mach I (Hal McClain)

  • 26. Martha: 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine (Morgan Limousine Service)

  • 27. Beverly: 1930 Hudson Great Eight

  • 28. Jean: 1971 Chevrolet Corvette C3

  • 29. Betty: 1973 Jensen Interceptor

  • 30. Joanne: 1972 Mercedes Benz 200SE

  • 31. Carey: 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II

  • 32. Mary: 1973 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

  • 33. Dorie: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine

  • 34. Frances: 1971 White Freightliner (Transall Trucking Co.)

  • 35. Maria: 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I

  • 36. Sharon: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB

  • 37. Ruby: 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine (Morgan Limousine Service)

  • 38. Michelle: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

  • 39. Susan: 1972 Plymouth Barracuda

  • 40. Alice: 1953 Chrysler Coupe D'elegance

  • 41. Paula: 1949 Ferrari 195 Inter

  • 42. Julie: 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Limousine

  • 43. Renee: 1966 Lotus Europa S1

  • 44. Jackie: 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

  • 45. Eileen: 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

  • 46. Elizabeth: 1927 Citroen B14 Conduite

  • 47. Lorna: 1968 Intermeccanica Italia GFX (Lyle Waggoner)

  • 48. Nicole: 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine (Morgan Limousine Service)

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At the accident scene opposite the freeway offramp, a police officer is scene getting out of his car and running over. In an earlier shot, you can see his patrol car is already there and he is not inside. See more »


Long Beach Female Dispatcher: [over radio] 1-Baker-11, are you still with the pursuit?
1-Baker-11 detective: Where in the hell's she think we've been? Out to coffee?
1-Baker-11 detective: [wearily] Ohh!
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits in the 2001 DVD release features footage of H.B. Halicki's widow, Denice Shakarian Halicki, riding in "Eleanor." See more »


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


Big Town, Big City
Music and Lyrics by Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
Sung by Philip Kachaturian
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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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