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Deadline Auto Theft (1983)

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After the attempted theft of his daughter's husband's car, LAPD Captain Gibbs declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace, whose insurance investigation company provides the perfect ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
H.B. Halicki ...
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Captain Gibbs
Marion Busia ...
Pumpkin Chase
Jerry Daugirda ...
Eugene Chase
George Cole ...
Atlee Jackson
Lang Jeffries ...
Lt. Arthur
Dan Grimaldi ...
Carl
Judi Gibbs ...
Herself
Pat Hartigan ...
Lt. Reed
Butch Stockton ...
1-Baker-11 Detective (Driver)
Phil Woods ...
1-Baker-11 Detective (Passenger)
James McIntyre ...
Stanley Chase
Ronald Halicki ...
Corlis Pace
Markos Kotsikos ...
Maureen Coddington ...
Officer DuPree
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After the attempted theft of his daughter's husband's car, LAPD Captain Gibbs declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace, whose insurance investigation company provides the perfect front. A South American drug lord pays Pace and his team to steal 48 cars for him, so they set out on the job while the police frantically try to track him down. Their efforts pay off when Pace's boss double-crosses him and tips them off on his next job. Police pursue Pace in "Eleanor", the last of the cars needed to fulfill their contract, through southern California as he tries to get away. Written by Paul Morris

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28 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Auf dem Highway spielt die Polizei verrückt  »

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The close-up shots of Maindrian escaping from the roof of the Bricklin and onto the helicopter were achieved by placing the Bricklin on the back of a flat-bed truck and spinning the wheels to give the illusion that the car is moving. See more »

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Camera and cameraman visible against wall when the Mustang hits couch during chase. See more »

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"The New 'Gone in 60 Seconds'!"
3 October 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Or so touts the original trailer for the film. In director H.B. Halicki's previous movie, "The Junkman", Christopher Stone says he was "not excited" by the first three minutes of "Gone in 60 Seconds", and is thus doing reshoots. Here we have the result. "Gone in 60 Seconds" has been ripped apart, a lot of old stuff thrown away and new scenes inserted, including an entire new opening, parts of which can be seen in "The Junkman".

The new opening and additional scenes are actually really good. However, they pretty-much have nothing to do with the rest of the film. Well, they do, but not in a way that if you got rid of them and just kept the old "Gone in 60 Seconds", it would make a difference. Hoyt Axton steals the show, but unfortunately disappears towards the end. His daughter's fiancé's car is stolen at the start, and we get numerous "hell-bent" speeches on how he is determined to catch master thief Maindrian Pace, but come the big pursuit at the end, he is nowhere to be found, apart from a couple of quick scenes in a helicopter, and when he saves the day for the hapless car wash manager who is wrongly accused.

I guess the only thing to really discuss are the new scenes. For those who have seen the original "Gone in 60 Seconds", everything is still there, apart from a lot of shaved footage. The new Queen Mary chase at the start is very entertaining, but unfortunately the detectives in the pursuit are portrayed as goofy and stupid, much to the cliché. In "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "The Junkman", the police certainly crashed during chases, but the crashes were believable and real. In "Deadline Auto Theft", they seem to crash just for the sake of action, and most of the crashes are stupid and corny. Three cars in a row flying over an embankment and into boats to avoid a stationary Kombi? Not to mention the ridiculous "shortcut" taken by two cops in the LA riverbed, where they end up stalled over the drainage channel and have another unmarked car hit them and overturn.

It was wonderful to see Sgt. Hawkins from "Gone in 60 Seconds" back and involved in the new scenes. However, where he was a hard-ass cop in that film, his new scenes here portray him as just as goofy and stupid as the rest. I was unhappy to see him uncredited yet again, and would love to know who played him. A great actor!

"Deadline Auto Theft" is certainly worth a look. Hell, I really enjoyed it. There is one glaring problem, though, and that is that the new scenes were filmed in 1982, while "Gone in 60 Seconds" came out in 1974. So fashions and vehicles are completely different, and one would wonder why the hell Maindrian and pals dress like fools and the Long Beach PD drive 1968 Plymouth Belvederes, when at the start everything is post 1976. Try to ignore that and you'll be fine!


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