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Deadline Auto Theft (1983)

After the attempted theft of his daughter's husband's car, LAPD Captain Gibbs declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace, whose insurance investigation company provides the perfect ... See full summary »

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H.B. Halicki

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
H.B. Halicki ... Maindrian Pace
Hoyt Axton ... Captain Gibbs
Marion Busia Marion Busia ... Pumpkin Chase
Jerry Daugirda Jerry Daugirda ... Eugene Chase
George Cole ... Atlee Jackson
Lang Jeffries ... Lt. Arthur
Dan Grimaldi ... Carl
Judi Gibbs Judi Gibbs ... Herself
Pat Hartigan Pat Hartigan ... Lt. Reed
Butch Stockton Butch Stockton ... 1-Baker-11 Detective (Driver)
Phil Woods Phil Woods ... 1-Baker-11 Detective (Passenger)
James McIntyre James McIntyre ... Stanley Chase
Ronald Halicki Ronald Halicki ... Corlis Pace
Markos Kotsikos Markos Kotsikos ... Uncle Joe Chase
Maureen Coddington Maureen Coddington ... Officer DuPree
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Storyline

After the attempted theft of his daughter's husband's car, LAPD Captain Gibbs declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace, whose insurance investigation company provides the perfect front. A South American drug lord pays Pace and his team to steal 48 cars for him, so they set out on the job while the police frantically try to track him down. Their efforts pay off when Pace's boss double-crosses him and tips them off on his next job. Police pursue Pace in "Eleanor", the last of the cars needed to fulfill their contract, through southern California as he tries to get away. Written by Paul Morris

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf dem Highway spielt die Polizei verrückt See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

H.B. Halicki Mercantile See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The close-up shots of Maindrian escaping from the roof of the Bricklin and onto the helicopter were achieved by placing the Bricklin on the back of a flat-bed truck and spinning the wheels to give the illusion that the car is moving. See more »

Goofs

The Brickland and Captain Gibbs drive past the Queen Mary Hilton and Adolph's Restaurant at least twice. See more »

Quotes

Maindrian Pace: I'm Maindrian Pace, adjuster for the insurance company.
Carl: All right, what about my check?
Maindrian Pace: Yeah, I'm sorry, are you Mr. DeGusta?
Carl: Yes, I am.
Maindrian Pace: Yeah, I'm sorry, but it doesn't work quite that easily, we'll have to conduct an investigation, first.
Carl: Hey, look, really, I don't need this "gosh I'm sorry for your loss". I'm a busy man, I have things to do, I have business appointments to deal with. I want my money and I want it, now! I mean, I don't want to hear anything by "I'll call you later", because ...
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Alternate Versions

There are many lines of dialog missing from the DVD release, most said at the start by director/star as Maindrian Pace. These include lines to the helicopter pilot upon taking off from the silo, and during the warehouse scenes of the opening pursuit. Also missing are lines from the police dispatcher during the same pursuit, where she announces a long list of units responding, and warns them that Captain Gibbs does not want "any accidents", highlighting the goofy nature of the new scenes. The "Unit 10 and 1-Baker-5" dispatcher line and the "Goodhew" line missing from the "Gone in 60 Seconds" DVD, taking place during the big chase, are also missing here. See more »

Connections

Edited from Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) See more »

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Detroit Iron being smashed at its finest!
15 July 2006 | by ejpriceSee all my reviews

One scene in the film shows an auto dealer billboard at his Buick Dealership saying "'73 model clearance, save $$$" I would say the person that commented it was a 1974 film that had scenes added would be correct. If you look at the cars in the film none are newer than 1974. Don't know how they came up with a 1983 release date unless it was released that year and was 10 years later than it was made. A great chase movie with real mayors and city folks in the movie. Don't think you could film that chase scene today with insurance and all. I used to live down in Torrance, CA and recognized the area and streets they used during the filming.


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