Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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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.


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23 March 2002 | uds3
As the tag-line said: "If he wants it, its gone in 60 seconds!"
Hey guys, if you want to REALLY enjoy this flick, watch the horrific remake first. You had to be young in the mid 70's to remember the hype that went with this flick. A total B-Grader that had audiences (including me and my 19 year old wife) queued up around the block.

Considering its microscopic budget, H B Halicki delivered precisely what audiences wanted to see - truck loads of cars smashed up! No more no less! No-one handed over their (then) $5 expecting to see Sir Laurence Olivier do Hamlet, they just wanted some serious fender-bending and this they got!

Admittedly I suspect most people who own the video or DVD these days fast-forward to the actual 40 minute chase each time they load it up. I am actually watching it as I compose this critique! (Right at the sequence at the end where Harley pulls off the big swapperoo at the car wash!) Absolute stand-outs are the incredible smash on the freeway when Halicki takes out the power pole at 80 mph plus and the unimproved-upon final scene as the Mach-1 leaps several cars at the intersection. That shot, lovingly photographed from multiple slow-motion camera angles was worth the ticket price alone. The climactic scene in the 2000 version is just plain wimpy!

The plotline for the film is remarkably simple. Man steals cars for a living! For trivia fans who may NOT know. H. B. Halicki died during a stunt filming the sequel GONE IN 60 SECONDS : THE JUNKMAN which features arguably the greatest car stunt of all time. (Sorry, not telling!!)

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Trivia

1-Baker-11 is a 1970 Mercury Montego.


Quotes

Pumpkin Chase: Maindrian, we have to give Eleanor back.
Maindrian Pace: What are you talking about? The contract's filled!
Pumpkin Chase: She's not insured. Here, look for yourself.
Maindrian Pace: You gotta be kidding me..."Owner desperate. '73 Ford Mustang stolen from 18511 Mariposa, Gardena. Not insured. ...
Pumpkin Chase: ...


Goofs

A Sheriff's Department Plymouth Satellite is visible parked on the extreme right of screen behind Billy's Cadillac when he and his friends climb out after crashing. It is not there in any other shot.


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

The original end credits sequence has been completely changed on the DVD release, with production stills replacing the shot of Billy and his friends getting out to examine their wrecked car, although their dialog and sound effects can still be heard. The black screen (with credits imposed over it) that features after the "Billy" footage is also gone, with the stills carrying on. Most of the credits have been reformatted, with 'H.B. Halicki''s credits now shown as 'H.B. "Toby" Halicki', and the original music/sound effects credits gone completely. All of the non-police "special thanks" credits have been removed as well, and the "Low-Riders" credits merged with the "Special Guest Appearances" credits.


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Boob Tube Blues
Music and Lyrics by
Ronald Halicki and Philip Kachaturian
Sung by Philip Kachaturian

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Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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