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Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 July 1974 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Maindrian Pace / Vicinski
Marion Busia ... Pumpkin Chase
Jerry Daugirda ... Eugene Chase
James McIntyre ... Stanley Chase
George Cole ... Atlee Jackson
Ronald Halicki ... Corlis Pace
Markos Kotsikos ... Uncle Joe Chase
Butch Stockton ... 1-Baker-11 detective (driver)
Phil Woods ... 1-Baker-11 detective (passenger)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.C. Agajanian Jr. ... Light Blue Unmarked Detective
Christopher J.C. Agajanian ... Himself
Gary Bettenhausen ... Himself
Edward Booker ... Lowrider
Anthony Cole ... Lowrider
Mark Cole ... Lowrider
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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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HIS BUSINESS IS STEALING CARS...when he goes to work, the excitement starts---and GOES---and GOES---and GOES! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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28 July 1974 (USA)  »

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Gone in Sixty Seconds  »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To achieve the effect of cars sliding into each other when hit by the patrol car at Moran Cadillac, the filmmakers put oil under the tires of the first few cars to help them slide. When it came time to do the stunt, it worked too well and many of the agency's own Cadillacs that were for sale were badly damaged. Director H.B. Halicki had to purchase all of them. See more »

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During the chain-reaction collision on the bridge, a red 1963 Oldsmobile Cutlass slams into the rear of what appears to be a green 1969 or 1970 Ford LTD. A few seconds later as a police car snakes through the carnage, we see the wrecked Cutlass but the LTD is nowhere to be seen. The LTD may have left the scene of the accident. See more »

Quotes

Pumpkin Chase: Maindrian, we have to give Eleanor back.
Maindrian Pace: What are you talking about? The contract's filled!
Pumpkin Chase: [handing him newspaper] She's not insured. Here, look for yourself.
Maindrian Pace: You gotta be kidding me..."Owner desperate. '73 Ford Mustang stolen from 18511 Mariposa, Gardena. Not insured. Please return, no questions." Pumpkin, I'm tired. I'm not Superman. Look at that, that contract is filled!
Pumpkin Chase: Maindrian...
[Eugene bursts in]
Eugene Chase: Damn you, Pace! Where's that El Dorado?
Maindrian Pace: It's gone, Eugene.
Eugene Chase: What did you do with it, you ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Where Did Our Love Go
Music and Lyrics by Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
Sung by Philip Kachaturian
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The standard against all subsequent are measured!
19 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing what could be done with a tiny budget and no digital effects. I watched this after having seen the trashy remake, and expected a similar degree of dumb wisecracks and hackneyed sub-plots.

I was impressed, however, to discover real talent behind the camera. The plot is simple: a car thief has to steal 40 fancy cars in a very short time. Using a combination of skill, insider knowledge of the insurance business and just sheer brass, the protagonist and his pals start their automotive harvest. Everything seems done and taken care of, when everything goes to hell at the last moment, leading to what surely be the longest car chase put to film.

The best thing about this movie is its low-budget feel. Many of the early scenes are almost mimed, with voices overdubbed later; you don't see actual dialogue, just hear it on top of the action. But as things progress, it begins to show more polish, and by the time we get to the big chase, you get what appears to be the entire 7th Cavalry Division in squad cars chasing one li'l yellow Mustang.

A very smart touch during the big chase was to frequently cut to the aftermath of car crashes, with wounded cops and civilians being dragged from burning cars and hustled away in ambulances -- it added an edge to the film, to show there are actually consequences to these actions (and how often is that shown on the big screen?).

Aside from the marvelously-choreographed action sequences, there are many moments of great wit, which I won't describe so's not to spoil them.

All in all, a brilliant piece of film-making, made not with glitz, glamor, star-power or special effects -- just sheer talent (and pretty cars, o'course!).


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