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Deadline Auto Theft (1983)

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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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
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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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When viewed after director H.B. Halicki's second movie, The Junkman (1982), this film becomes an interesting piece of meta-fiction. Most of the movie is a shortened version of Halicki's first film, Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), with a new, lengthy opening sequence and various other new scenes which create a new subplot surrounding Hoyt Axton and the LAPD Auto-Theft Division. In The Junkman (1982), Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) is presented as a fictional film in post-production - this movie's new opening sequence is partially seen being shot in The Junkman (1982), during which Christopher Stone's character comments that Halicki (himself playing a fictional director) was "not excited" by the first three minutes of the original film (train crash investigation), and is therefore filming an entirely new sequence. As such, this film is the result of what is seen being shot in The Junkman (1982), and thus takes place in a different universe. In reality, Halicki sought to improve upon the original Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) by re-releasing it with these new scenes, which are far more extravagant and costly than what was originally shot. Without the different title, it could almost be seen as a "director's cut" of the original movie. 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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Running in Circles
4 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a rip-off! Deadline Auto Theft is actually the original Gone in 60 Seconds with some very minor editing. It is well established that Gone in 60 Seconds 2 is unfinished and this shows the stunt sequences that would have been in that film. That amounts to about 33 minutes of car chases with no storyline to speak of. If you've seen the original Gone in 60 Seconds, acquiring this film will be an extraordinary waste of time unless for some reason you insist on seeing the complete Halicki body of work, in which case, the special features are quite nice. Everyone else should rent this, or the original Gone in 60 Seconds, not both.


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