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Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 July 1974 (USA)
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When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one is in the bag - thereby, the police precipitate in a desperate car chase against Pace and his Eleanor across Southern California.

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H.B. Halicki

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H.B. Halicki

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
H.B. Halicki ... Maindrian Pace / Vicinski
Marion Busia Marion Busia ... Pumpkin Chase
Jerry Daugirda Jerry Daugirda ... Eugene Chase
James McIntyre James McIntyre ... Stanley Chase
George Cole George Cole ... Atlee Jackson
Ronald Halicki Ronald Halicki ... Corlis Pace
Markos Kotsikos Markos Kotsikos ... Uncle Joe Chase
Butch Stockton Butch Stockton ... 1-Baker-11 detective (driver)
Phil Woods Phil Woods ... 1-Baker-11 detective (passenger)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.C. Agajanian Jr. J.C. Agajanian Jr. ... Light Blue Unmarked Detective
Christopher J.C. Agajanian Christopher J.C. Agajanian ... Himself
Gary Bettenhausen Gary Bettenhausen ... Himself
Edward Booker Edward Booker ... Lowrider
Anthony Cole Anthony Cole ... Lowrider
Mark Cole Mark Cole ... Lowrider
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You can lock your car. But if he wants it...it's GONE IN 60 SECONDS. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gone in Sixty Seconds See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,000,000
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Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)| DTS (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Pumpkin tells Maindrian that they have to give Eleanor back because the car is not insured, Maindrian reads the owner's address from a newspaper--18511 Mariposa, Gardena. This was in fact director/star H.B. Halicki's own real home address at the time. See more »

Goofs

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

Mr. Velas: I don't need to remind you of the consequences if you fail to perform.
Maindrian Pace: Don't worry, Mr. Velas.
Mr. Velas: [chuckles] I don't worry. That's your job.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The sound of the gunshot when the Long Beach officer shoots at Maindrian just before the Mustang takes out the open door of a stopped vehicle (next to the burning cars at the Carson St off-ramp) has been removed from the DVD release, making it appear that the officer is merely threatening Maindrian with the weapon, rather than shooting. Also removed are three words spoken by the Torrance PD sergeant through the bullhorn at Torrance Mazda. His original dialog, "This is the police, this is an emergency! Please clear the area, please clear the area! Come on, man!" loses the "come on, man" which is replaced with an echo of "area". Furthermore, Bud Wackeen is dubbed in the DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Driver: San Francisco (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Low Rider
Music and Lyrics by Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
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The best car-chase film of all time
6 June 2005 | by ShadySovereignSee 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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