Not knowing there was even an original out there, I loved the 2000 version with Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, just for the cars that were in the movie, and even though it had an interesting story line, it was still mostly about the cars, and considering i flat-out love Mustangs, it was awesome regardless of acting. Fast-forward 7 years later, and i'm doing searches on E-bay for Mustang parts for my 2008 Mustang GT Mach 1 and i run across Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 version) and i'm like "WHAT!?!?!?" no way.. so i had to get it.
This movie is unbelievable, ESPECIALLY considering it was all headed, directed, acted, scripted, and shot by basically one man - H.B. Halicki - the movie is MUCH MUCH better than the re-make. the 45 minute Chase scene with Eleanor (she's a yellow 1973 Mach 1 in this film) is flat-out THE best car chase scene i have ever layed eyes upon. that scene where close to 90 cars are destroyed in a massive auto chase spanning several cities, freeways, parks, car lots, you just name it. It didn't even feel like it was that long.. i mean.. WOW... you HAVE to see this film.
All the extra footage, behind the scene, the interviews, the STORY of his life is unbelievable, i wish i had known Mr. Halicki, he was an extraordinary man!
the only thing i disliked about this film was that it ended, and what an ending at that! Two thumbs up by me!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Gone in 60 seconds
This is the granddaddy of all car chase and crash with something like 60 cars wrecked in 30 minutes. Plot is bare bones, a client in South America demanded a whole lot of cars to be stolen, cleaned up and sent to the docks for shipment in record time. For simplicity, each of these is assigned a womans name, and all are collected, except one--Eleanor, the 1973 Mach I Mustang, which is finally grabbed at the International Towers in Long Beach, but the grab in witnessed by undercover cops in a '71 Mercury Montego who were tipped off by a disgruntled employee. And the chase is on! One crash is cinema verite, as the producer, H.B. Halicki, crashes into a light standard on the LA freeway at 100 mph- this was NOT intended tohappen in real life. The movie was shot primarily in Long Beach/Torrance/Carson, with the co operation of civic officials (Mayor of Carson), car dealers (see te incredible scene of the Mustang crashing cars on tne lot and INSIDE the service department of Moran Cadillac) and watch a 73 Challenger being stolen off the lot of Prince Chrysler Plymouth in Inglewood and being chased, whilst onthe hook of a tow truck, thru LA, and then being unhooked fast and crushed at a scrapyard, really good stuff) Some humor too, to be found....(at the end especially)
Very good period dress (70's), absolutely authentic with the cars, and lots of good car chases and crashes (especially on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, though in that one most of the cars in the chain collision were 67s or older)to save some money. Absolutely great! Though the "bit" about the female employee Pumpkin's love life and the song was a bit sappy, as was the Constant Country KFOX DJ following the chase. Actor playing Maindrian Pace was excellent though. DEFINATELY worth collectying this one. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE followup Nicholas Cage/Angela Jolie/Robert Duvall movie of the same name which was garbage, no plot, dialogue, car chases except a couple of computer enhanced crashes and a phony jump scene on the Vincent Thomas bridge.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Classic action packed car chase movie
After watching the remake of this movie I realized that nothing could compare to the original. This movie was made in the early 70s with mostly "one take" action stunts and chase scenes. I like the get to the point direction of this movie. If you love classic car chase movies i.e. Bullit, The French Connection etc. then this is one more for your collection. A must buy DVD!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A good review
This movie is really nice and it's a big classic. The quality is excellent cause it's the remasterized version and it's a must! You should really try with a good sound system.
-It's only in english
-the motorcycle frame is so useless. It's just for the looking. I thought it would be a frame to put on my bike but it's just print on the box.
So, in general, if you like car, action, drive skills and explosion, go for it!
Original Gone in 60 Seconds
This movie is a cult classic. Way better that the remake. Its a must see movie for any car fan, best car chase ever