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.
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
A different version of the film exists. The earlier version has several scenes not used in the released version. Stills and footage from the alternate version can be found on the 25th Anniversary DVD by going to the Credits screen, highlighting Main Menu, then pressing up. A fast slide show of the early print will be shown. See more »
When the Mustang first enters Moran Cadillac, an employee and two women spin around at the sound of it crashing into a parked car near the second entrance to avoid the police cars pulling up. The Mustang then drives around the lot to find another exit and a couple of mechanics are standing in the driveway (one carrying a bucket, which he drops), who scramble out of the way. In the background as the Mustang approaches are the same man and women, and the man jumps up and runs to the side with the women to avoid being hit. The Mustang then comes across another police block, reverses into a Cadillac that is parked up on a jack, then there is another shot of the same man and two women who are back in their original positions looking towards the Mustang but in the wrong direction. The man then jumps up again and runs out of the way. See more »
[Mustang crashes into a light pole]
Jesus Christ, he just hit a damn pole! Turn aroud, turn around! We've got him now!
Male police dispatcher:
Attention all units, suspect vehicle has TA'd with light pole at Harbor Freeway northbound and Carson Street offramp. Pursuit is terminated.
[Mustang roars off up offramp]
Male police dispatcher:
That is negative - pursuit is not terminated, repeat, not terminated.
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The ending credits in the 2001 DVD release features footage of H.B. Halicki's widow, Denice Shakarian Halicki, riding in "Eleanor." See more »
The Norweigian version, at least when released theatrically, concluded at the end of the "big jump" scene, where Eleanor spins out to the song "Big Town, Big City". Everything afterward was removed, because the Norweigian censors did not want Mandarian to get away. The scene optically turns white, then cuts straight to the end credits. See more »
This was the seminal movie that raised publics awareness about automobile security. Back then nobody knew actually fast a car can be heisted. Gone in 60 seconds said it all in its title and people became aware how vulnerable their prized possessions were. Now because of this, we have an entire industry dedicated to protecting automobiles.
Looking at this movie is shocking in a way because it shows how "raw" the society was back then. I really love the movie because I can see the nostalgic landscape of Los Angeles shown in all their glories. I can catch some of the landmarks that exists even today. The "cars" are lavish for back then. Pantera, Mangusta, Daytona, Rolls, and of course the '73 Mustang. Very cool.
There's something primal about this movie. Maybe because the production is so basic. There's no special effects, or attempt to make the characters pretty. It feels like drinking water right out of the faucet. This rawness makes this movie moving in a way like no other movies I've seen recently.
This is one heck of a movie, and you owe it to yourself to see it at least once.
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