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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 car that flips during the earlier night-time chase in Torrance was actually overturned by six men lifting it up from one side. The film was later skip-framed to create the desired effect. See more »
Maindrian narrowly misses hitting a white van when speeding out of Prince Chrysler-Plymouth in the tow truck, and waits until it passes before continuing. When the security car follows, the van is back next to the driveway, stopped. See more »
[Before the famous 40 minute chase scene]
I should have read my horoscope this morning.
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The ending credits in the 2001 DVD release features footage of H.B. Halicki's widow, Denice Shakarian Halicki, riding in "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 »
Background: Because I am nearly deaf, I depend upon videos and DVDs that are captioned or have subtitles. Most videos made within the past 10 years have captions and DVDs often offer BOTH of these capabilities. As you probably have guessed, I do not go to movie theaters to see a movie because I have absolutely no idea what is going on. Over the years, I have garnered an extensive collection of both videos and DVDs. All of them either captioned or having subtitles.
Current: My introduction to this movie was inspired after renting the 2000 DVD with Nickolas Cage, which I though was a terrific movie. While searching for the 1974 H.B. Halicki video, I found that it was not captioned, so I was thrilled to recently find the 25th Anniversary DVD which was released in 2000, assuming that it would at least have subtitles. Surprisingly, it is neither captioned NOR does it have subtitles. Unfortunately, I did not realize this until I attempted to view the movie. I could not return it because I had opened the package. What a disappointment.
I could not understand the dialogue and was a bit confused as to why the heist team ended up destroying the cars, I decided to check the plot at IMDb. It told me of a different reason for all of the cars being stolen as compared to the 2000 version, and that was helpful. Thank you, IMDb! So I decided to watch it anyway, because I was looking forward to the final chase scene, which had been described as even better than the N, Cage 2000 remake.
I loved this movie - EVEN IN SILENCE! I really enjoyed seeing the fashions from the 70's, hilarious as they now seem to me. Did I really dress that way? Yes! Seeing the older cars was wonderfully nostalgic. And the heist methods were ingenious. The final chase scene was terrific. Although I couldn't understand the dialogue, I laughed in a few places that seemed comic to me. Possibly not hearing what was being said made the movie even more enjoyable than it really was.
I recommend this movie very highly, even as a silent film.
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