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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.


H.B. Halicki


H.B. Halicki





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


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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The 2001 video release features an all-new musical score (and all-new sound effects), largely due to music agreement issues for the original soundtrack. In the original video release, the sound effects made by the cars (engines, tires, crashes, etc.) are authentic. See more »


When the fire truck pulls up at the Carson Street offramp crash, the three patrol cars still in the pursuit and 1-Baker-11 can briefly be seen parked in a row on the opposite side of the intersection, facing the accident scene. See more »


Eugene Chase: [on phone] I need to speak with Sergeant Hawkins.
Hawkins: Hawkins.
Eugene Chase: You want to catch that car-theft ring that's been bothering you? Well put a stakeout at the International Towers in Long Beach!
Hawkins: Who is this?
[Eugene hangs up]
Eugene Chase: I'll fix you, Mr. Big-Shot.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The film was heavily re-edited after initially being submitted to the MPAA for rating, with particular concentration on the scenes where Maindrian meets with the South American contact and the Challenger is re-birthed in the workshop. This was due to the high visibility of pin-ups on the wall of the shop, with the MPAA threatening to give the film an R-rating if they weren't removed. With careful re-editing by Warner E. Leighton, the film passed as PG. Originally, Atlee picks up Maindrian and Corlis from the airport, and after Corlis' failed attempt at stealing the "Eleanor" parked near-by (with Harold Smith's wife inside), they conduct a drive-around of the airport parking lot looking for other potential hits. Maindrian then spots another Challenger ("Jill") and proceeds to steal it (footage which is seen later in the final cut of the film). They then return to base, and Maindrian meets with the South American contact by boat. After returning to his car, Maindrian calls the workshop where the original wrecked "Jill" is being brought in to be switched with the recently-stolen Challenger from the airport. He talks with Corlis about their plans while driving, and Corlis tries to ask for a pay-rise before Maindrian hangs up on him. He then joins the others to pull apart the wrecked Challenger and explain the re-birthing process to Stanley with Atlee. The original pre-release cut, shown as an Easter egg on the 2000 DVD release, but only in slideshow mode, has all these scenes intact. See more »


Remade as Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) See more »


Chicken Dance
Music and Lyrics by Werner Thomas
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19 April 2002 | by WGREERSee all my reviews

I saw Gone In Sixty Seconds in 1974 at this broken down theater in West Memphis, Arkansas when I was 10 years old. From that point on I have been a car chase/motorcycle/Evel Knievel stunt fanatic. The fact that H.B. Haliki was a high school dropout who made his millions in the auto junk business is reason enough to admire the man behind this drive-in classic. With his knowledge of the biz, he made the most hair raising car chase flick ever while teaching himself filmaking 101 at the same time! He was the Jackie Chan of the seventies. A one man demolition squad who teamed up with family and friends and made this movie on a shoestring budget that made over 40 million worldwide during its release. His efforts alone should inspire not only filmakers but anyone who has been putting his or her dreams off for one reason or another. Do like Toby Haliki,Do some research, find a way, stick to it and "CHASE" your dreams.

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Release Date:

28 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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