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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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Butch Stockton ...
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Phil Woods ...
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Himself
Gary Bettenhausen ...
Himself
Edward Booker ...
Lowrider
Anthony Cole ...
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Mark Cole ...
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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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MAINDRIAN PACE...his front is insurance investigation...HIS BUSINESS IS STEALING CARS... See more »

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28 July 1974 (USA)  »

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Gone in Sixty Seconds  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Nearly every civilian vehicle seen in close proximity to the main chase (especially in downtown Long Beach) was owned by director H.B. Halicki. This resulted in several of them being seen multiple times throughout the 40-minute sequence. The second "Eleanor" (that Maindrian steals from the car wash) and the white Ford that he and Stanley spend much of their time in are visible parked in one street that Maindrian turns into before hitting the boat in Long Beach. The white Ford also shows up in many other shots. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Maindrian Pace: This job is ruining my sex life.
Stanley Chase: Ah, who'd have sex with you anyway?
Maindrian Pace: Nobody you'd know, that's for sure.
[sees a Pantera with a pretty girl climbing out]
Maindrian Pace: Will you look at that!
Stanley Chase: Hey, I think I'm in love!
Maindrian Pace: I'm talking about the car, Stanley.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Remade as Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) See more »

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Hope The Man Doesn't Catch Me
Music and Lyrics by Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
Sung by Philip Kachaturian
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Watch it for the Cars, Not the Cast
10 November 2001 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

A "great movie" is not necessarily one that combines superb acting, character development, intelligent comedy and artistic direction. Instead, a great movie is one that succeeds in doing what it set out to do, and therefore the original Gone in 60 Seconds is great indeed.

The car chase scenes in this movie are superior to all others. The 40 minute chase at the end of the movie is obviously cinematic history, but the chase that excited me the most was when the tow truck was trying (and succeeding) to outrun the police. Critics of this movie fail to understand the joy that is brought to a car-loving audience such as myself when a tow truck with an actual car in tow powerslides and fishtails and eventually gets away. This is not something you see in modern high-budget car chase movies. This is the type of genius you see only in a movie created by a guy who really knows the subject matter.

If you want quality acting, well-written drama, and striking cinematography, go elsewhere... it's as simple as that. The world only needs one Lawrence of Arabia. But if you want to be stunned with incredible action scenes featuring REAL cars (instead of oh, say a Lincoln Navigator like the one in the remake), pick up a copy of this movie. And if you must have something to accompany the car chases, listen closely to the dialogue; while it may not be poetic enough for some people's ears, it'll make you laugh whether the writer intended it or not.


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