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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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
1-Baker-5, the second unmarked Mercury that joins the main pursuit early on, was supposed to roll when side-swiping the oncoming car as Maindrian drives onto the sidewalk. A ramp was installed against the side of the civilian vehicle but the Mercury's suspension gave out after hitting it, resulting in the car simply sliding along the road on two wheels. Director H.B. Halicki became frustrated at the failed stunt and left the scene at that, but would eventually master the "barrel roll" for his second film The Junkman (1982). See more »
Immediately after the pole crash, the light pole is on the ground. When they resumed filming a week later, the light pole is on the car and falls off when he backs up.. See more »
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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