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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
The fire trucks seen on the Gerald Desmond Bridge during the main chase were real Long Beach FD units on their way to an emergency call. The "crash" staged for the film was blocking both lanes and they could not get past until the cars were cleared. Director H.B. Halicki asked the camera crew to film them in case there was somewhere to fit the shot into the movie. There was. See more »
Crowds and onlookers are shown throughout most of the car chase watching the shots being filmed. 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 opening credits stop after only one acting credit: "Eleanor." See more »
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. A 35mm pre-release print, shown as an Easter egg on the 2000 DVD release, but only in slideshow mode, has all these scenes intact. See more »
Crap acting, dodgy voice dubbing, lack of plotting... no matter, the reason for this films existence is highly evident, the stunts are superb, the final chase builds like a classical music piece, starting off small and basic before escalating into a full blown crescendo. The sheer amount of destruction on-screen is astounding, but unlike most car chases this actually shows the consequences, with cutaways of the chase "victims" placed in between the hi-octane spills and tyre squealing thrills. Unlike the recent Nic Cage remake, which purports to be a Ferrari but is actually a Fiat Uno in disguise, this version keeps things simple and lets the action do the talking. Shallow, yes, but you'll hard pressed to find a more exciting car chase this side of Ronin.
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