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Deadline Auto Theft (1983)

After an attempted theft of his daughter's husband's car, LAPD Captain Gibbs declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace - overtaking his boss' betrayal and pursuing the Eleanor as Pace tries to make his getaway.

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H.B. Halicki

Writer:

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:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Captain Gibbs is astonished when Carl says his license plate number is "UDUNOME". Carl explains that "MRCOOL" was already taken. As seen later in the film (and in the original Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)), it was taken in reality - by Lyle Waggoner. See more »

Goofs

Several of the unmarked police cars in the riverbed during the opening chase have rotating lights on the passenger-side roofs, despite there only being one officer inside driving who could clearly not reach all the way across and out to the roof on the other side of the car to put them on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Farley: You know, Merle, we haven't seen our pet ducky in a while. I wonder what happened to Mallard?
Merle: I don't know. I saw him going down that way, you know. Then he was gone.
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Alternate Versions

Almost all of the sound effects and all of the music has been completely changed for the DVD release, in both the new "Deadline" footage and the old "Gone in 60 Seconds" footage. See more »

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A decent patchwork of Halicki's previous films
12 September 2018 | by abbazabakyleman-98834See all my reviews

This film is nothing more than a re-cut version of Halicki's 1974 classic Gone in 60 Seconds, but the end result is actually pretty good, if not sadly misleading. Those who are expecting this to be a new film will be disappointed. The film, at least, offers a lengthy opening car chase scene, which I suspect was actually cut from Halicki's previous movie, The Junkman, with pretty good crashes. The film also offers new footage featuring Hoyt Axton as the blustery Captain Gibbs, who promises to nail Halicki to put an end to car thefts in the city, and Dan Grimaldi (Don't Go in the House) as Gibb's whiny future son-in-law whose priceless Bricklin is stolen in the film's opening scene. Axton and Grimaldi add a lot of comedy to the new scenes, particularly where Axton reprimands and berates his bumbling group of detectives at the impound yard.

Though it doesn't necessarily count as a new film, you might get some joy out of this one.


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