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July 4, 2016
Actual townsfolk running for their lives in real-life, along with dangerous and actual stunts performed as well as real-life crashes and characters playing their real-life characters make this organic film the best car-chase movie of all time, even better than Bullitt. Most acting is porn-film quality, however.
October 6, 2015
Didn't know there was an original.
½ October 6, 2015
For all the ones attacking it : it's got to be said, H.B. Halicki wasn't a director, neither a screenwriter or an actor : he was a stuntman. So some of the negative aspects generally pointed about the first part of the film might as well be true (acting, dialogue...), but Halicki makes up for all possible issues by showing he's learned William Friedkin's lesson very well in the iconic finale.
A film younger, contemporary filmakers working on car-chase blockbuster franchises should watch over and over again.
½ April 15, 2015
This movie is way better and more fun than that Nicolas Cage remake.
½ February 1, 2015
Betwixt the two Gone in 60 Seconds movies, this one generates more excitement and gets the job done quicker compared to the remake, with an extremely long car chase that cannot be missed. While the film certainly fails in the acting department for the most part, it is more interesting compared to the remake, as it relies on action more than drama and acting. The late Toby Halicki sure knows how to outdo himself in a car chase film.
October 20, 2014
The original movie. Fantastic stunts and amazing chases. All done without CGI
September 24, 2014
I had NO clue that was a remake (shockingly)...so I'd like to see this one as well.
September 7, 2014
Cars, cars, and more cars.
August 5, 2014
Some good action bits, some funny bits and some other type of bits.
½ August 1, 2014
The first half of this is laughably bad, thanks to the stiff acting, terrible camera work, and several nonsensical scenes. But the second half, which contains the forty minute chase scene is, in a word, epic.
May 20, 2014
WAY better then the new one
April 16, 2014
knew H.B.H. personally. ^^
March 1, 2014
didn't know the Nicolas Cage version was a remake... now I want to see this one
½ January 31, 2014
Nostalgic win. I've always loved this film. Every minute was put to good use. Even if there's bad acting and production flaws basically making it a B-movie, who cares? It adds to the vibe, atmosphere, and mojo that was the 70s. Pure automobile beauty, pure vehicular madness. Best car chase in history which is the signature, and large, highlight of the film.
½ October 16, 2013
The outrageously bad original car chase film that was truly re-made for the better in 2000 with Nicolas Cage.

I believe the lead actor of this film was the director also & he wasn't too crash hot at either.

Filled with some terrific car stunts & chases this film has some merit, but is directed & edited like a nightmare.
September 19, 2013
I wanted to see Gone in 60 Seconds when I discovered that it had a 40-minute chase sequence and achieved this on a budget of only $150,000. Plus, since the remake was such a boring load of crap which took forever to get to the action I figured the original should be significantly better.

Of course, it takes a while before you can truly determine what the premise offers as outside of the first chase scene is a large quantity of dialogue against inexperienced acting to pass the time. The boring wait goes on for about 50 minutes, and the problem here is that a good action film has to have its action evenly paced throughout the film, but instead there's a long wait until the action presents itself with minor brief chase scenes between the two periods of 47 minutes in the film, until the cataclysmic final 40 minute car chase. The waiting in Gone in 60 Seconds throws off the viewing experience, with the into real stimulation being the hope that something cool will present itself and the sights of so many awesome classical cars, some of the grooviest ever to be specific, in particular H.B. Halicki's Eleanor, the first Ford Mustang to receive starring credit for a film.
Unfortunately, Eleanor doesn't hold the interest of a viewer not looking for antique automobile nostalgia and instead results in boredom, and so viewers today will not view Gone in 60 Seconds in the same light they did in 1974. Although viewers then, particularly the youths with car chase obsessions would have marvelled at the awesome vehicles used and the final 40 minute car chase, viewers today will have had they minds set on racing films such as The Fast and the Furious series or the classical Smokey and the Bandit series, films where the action is consistent instead of over and done with in one big shot.
To summarise, half of Gone in 60 Seconds is crap, but at least it's only half, unlike in the terrible remake where the time is indefinite and seemingly longer than it actually is due to painstaking boredom.
However, one thing the remake achieves better than the original is explanation of plot. In the original Gone in 60 Seconds, I have no idea how to understand just what the hell was occurring. H.B. Halicki claimed that 40 cars needed to be delivered to the docks by Friday as the plot, but there is no real further explanation and all that happens from there is a few random people talking and then suddenly H.B. Halicki's iconic Eleanor is on the run from the police, and that goes on for 40 minutes. Although its cool, what it means isn't explained and is unclear to me and so many people, pointing out how H.B. Halicki is bereft of the ability to act or write in lieu of being an excellent stuntman with astounding direction for action.
Essentially, the 40 minute chase scene is great and worth checking out, and the single thing making Gone in 60 Seconds notable. The rest of it is essentially garbage, but fans of classic automobiles and original car chase scenes will find Gone in 60 Seconds somewhat awesome. It wasn't somewhat enough for me though, and should have been more.
½ August 29, 2013
I own this on DVD in a two movie pack along with:
* Junkman (1982)
August 18, 2013
Nowhere near as good as you'd think it would be.
August 7, 2013
Not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but the 45 minute car chase sequence is absolutely sensational, and the film earns its spot on the shelf of any car lover.
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