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Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds

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Cast: H.B. Halicki, Parnelli Jones, James McIntire, Marion Busia


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Maindrian Pace (H.B. Halicki) is a master car thief who heads an elaborate organization of professionals. Using an insurance investigation company as a front, Pace and his associates buy junked cars from accident scenes, steal new autos of the same model and color, then switch the serial numbers for resale. It's a lucrative business, but when some shady characters


Maindrian Pace (H.B. Halicki) is a master car thief who heads an elaborate organization of professionals. Using an insurance investigation company as a front, Pace and his associates buy junked cars from accident scenes, steal new autos of the same model and color, then switch the serial numbers for resale. It's a lucrative business, but when some shady characters offer them 400,000 dollars to deliver 50 specific luxury vehicles, the challenge is too much to pass up. The burglars put on disguises and waste no time in lifting limousines, official racecars, and Rolls-Royces (even stopping by a television studio to steal actor Lyle Waggoner's convertible). When Pace discovers that a recently stolen Cadillac has a million dollars worth of heroin in the trunk, he destroys the car and the drugs, which infuriates his adversarial partner, Eugene (Jerry Daugirda). Just as Pace is stealing a bright yellow Mustang (code-named Eleanor), the Los Angeles police department gives chase, tipped off by Eugene's anonymous call. This leads to the meat of the film, a wild 40-minute pursuit which takes Pace and the police through five cities and leads to the destruction of 93 cars. Gone in 60 Seconds was a big hit for first time director/writer/producer/star H.B. Halicki, and inspired a big-budget remake in 2000.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Fast, loud, expensively mounted, and charged with testosterone (qualities it shares with most other films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer) Gone in 60 Seconds is the archetypal popcorn movie that offers a shot of pure, visceral entertainment. Nominally based on a 1974 B-movie with the same title, it stars Nicolas Cage as a former car thief -- the best in the business, we're told. Cage comes out of retirement to help his irresponsible young brother (Giovanni Ribisi) pay off a debt to a debonair but ruthless gangster (Christopher Eccleston). To do this he must steal 50 cars in one night, a herculean task for which he enlists the aid of onetime associates Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, and Will Patton. Director Dominic Sena deals with plot absurdities by ignoring them, concentrating his creative energies on the big heist and its unintended consequences. He develops nail-biting suspense with this lengthy, elaborate sequence, but it's those high-octane chase sequences that really put Gone's pedal to the metal.
All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Beginning with the legend, "H.B. Halicki Mercantile Co. & Junk Yard Presents," the original Gone in 60 Seconds gets right to the heart of the matter as the opening credits roll, listing only the yellow Mustang named Eleanor as its star. Halicki was the owner of a successful body shop and salvage business before entering the movie world, and single-handedly created this energetic orgy of car crashes and high-speed chases. Not only did Halicki have control over the artistic and financial aspects of the production, but the maverick moviemaker performed most of the film's spectacular stunts as well, smashing into police cars, garbage trucks, and even a highway light pole. This last unscripted collision was real, bringing the post down across the windshield and almost killing the determined director. Knowing that Halicki was working without a net makes the cataclysmic 40 minute chase that much more hair-raising. Some of the stunts were filmed illegally, without any kind of permits or police escort, and the slightest miscalculation could have taken out scores of unsuspecting bystanders. While car chases and crashes had long been staples of action pictures, Gone in 60 Seconds raised the bar and paved the way for the grotesque excess of future films like Smokey and the Bandit and The Blues Brothers. Unlike these cartoonish spectacles, however, Halicki doesn't shy away from the unpleasant aftermath of road accidents, including shots of ambulances helping wounded drivers to safety and firefighters battling blazing wrecks. That's not to say that Gone in 60 Seconds is a hard-boiled affair. The overall tone of the film is breezy, and Maindrian Pace's fractured morality helps keep the audience on his side. Since the hero restricts his stealing to insured vehicles, it's the insurance company and not the car owners who get screwed (or so the theory goes). Considering the years that Halicki spent in the auto salvage business, it's possible that the criminal plot that drives Gone in 60 Seconds began as a wicked fantasy that he was too honest to actually carry out. Instead, Halicki put the caper on film, let the action tell the story, and wound up with a serious drive-in hit.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Mill Creek Ent
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Original trailer; Rare Footage: ; POV ride inside Eleanor; The "boys" on a joyride; Wild takes & set talk; ; Interviews: ; Lee Iacocca; Parneli Jones; J.C. Agajanian Jr.; Bobby Ore

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Parnelli Jones Actor
James McIntire Actor
H.B. Halicki Maindrian Pace
Marion Busia Pumpkin Chase
Jerry Daugirda Eugene Chase
Christopher J.C. Agajanian Actor
J.C.Sr. Agajanian Actor
Gary Bettenhausen Actor
Billy Englehart Actor
Jonathan E. Fricke Actor
Markos Kotsikos Actor
Hal McClain Actor
George Cole Atlee Jackson
Ronald Halicki Corlis Pace

Technical Credits
H.B. Halicki Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ronald Halicki Score Composer
Mark Hanes Sound/Sound Designer
Philip Kachaturian Score Composer
Warner E. Leighton Editor
Jack Vacek Cinematographer
John Vacek Cinematographer


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Gone in 60 Seconds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gone in 60 Seconds is the product of Toby Halici. He was a car nut who got wealthy and decided to make his own car chase movie, without hollywood's involvement. Its story focuses on a band of car thieves who are filling a big order. The main character ends up in the last car, spotted by the cops. From there, the last 40 minutes are totally realistic crashing and chasing on real streets for the climax of the film. The acting and storyline of the film are weak, and the whole movie feels a bit amateur. But for what is basically a homemade movie, it is surprisingly decent, and the chase beats anything from a script and a digital lab. To give you an idea of how much more realistic this chase is than most others: There was only ONE copy of the getaway car used in filming. Whenever it got damaged, it STAYED damaged, whether the collision was intentional or not. Halici wrote, produced, directed, starred, and even stunt-drove the film himself. The film was given a remake with more money and less realism in 2000.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the acting throughout the movie is something less than epic, this original version of Gone In 60 Seconds contains real automobiles involved in real mass destruction. There are no fake computer simulated scenes anywhere within this movie. Just real cars smashing other real cars leading to a 40 minute long and very realistic chase scene in which more cars are destroyed than one could ever imagine. This is the real film that inspired the second version of Gone In 60 Seconds which is just a copycat re-run of one of the greatest films ever produced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a remastered copy of the original 1974 version and much better than the new cage/jolie version but the 1974 movie with the original music can not be beat. Mr. Halicki did a great job on a low budget. If you like the cars this is the movie to see.
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