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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.

Director:

H.B. Halicki

Writer:

H.B. Halicki

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Cast overview, first billed only:
H.B. Halicki ... Maindrian Pace
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
Parnelli Jones ... Parnelli Jones
Gary Bettenhausen Gary Bettenhausen ... Self
Jonathan E. Fricke Jonathan E. Fricke ... KFOX Interviewer
Hal McClain Hal McClain ... KFOX Announcer
J.C. Agajanian J.C. Agajanian ... Self
J.C. Agajanian Jr. J.C. Agajanian Jr. ... Light Blue Unmarked Detective
Christopher J.C. Agajanian Christopher J.C. Agajanian ... Self
Billy Englehart Billy Englehart ... Billy
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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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Trivia

Ronald Halicki, the director's real-life brother and Corlis Pace in the film, operated the crane that lifted "Jill", the red Challenger, to its fate in the car-crusher at the junkyard. See more »

Goofs

Entire crew filming the chase in front of the Mustang when it plows through boxes in the alley and enters a parking lot. See more »

Quotes

Maindrian Pace: What are you doing out this late at night?
Hawkins: Ah, I just finished taking a report down at Whittlesey Motors. It seems somebody ripped-off a Manta.
Maindrian Pace: What's a Manta?
Hawkins: The thirty-fifth expensive car stolen in three days! You heard about that, didn't you?
Maindrian Pace: Listen, all I hear is the insurance companies screaming at us every time they lose a lousy dime.
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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 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 the bad guy to get away, as Maindrian does in the film. The scene optically turns white, then cuts straight to the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of the Junkman (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Lois Lane Blues
Music and Lyrics by Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
Sung by Philip Kachaturian
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The original car-jack classic.
11 March 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

I've only seen trailers for the Summer 2000 release of GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS. But the trailers show a big budget, MTV style editing, and big stars. What it didn't show was that this thriller about a master car thief is a remake of this 1974 no-budgeter by auto man Halicki. The 1974 GI60S's charm is that it is very low budget. Some scenes, such as the auto auction in the run down lot, or the Radio DJ's cramped little studio add to some crisp atmosphere. However, the first half of GI60S is rather amateurish (One entire scene is terribly out of focus) and we have trouble following Halicki's unprofessionally written plot. The second half of the film is a car chase that has to be seen to be believed! In 40 minutes, close to 90 cars are destroyed in a massive auto chase spanning several cities, freeways, parks, lots, you just name it. For all it's sloppiness, the original 1974 version of GI60S has a neat charm.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gone in Sixty Seconds See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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