Gone in 60 Seconds

1974

Gone in 60 Seconds

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Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed "Eleanor", in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives are waiting and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away.

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Critic Reviews for Gone in 60 Seconds

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (8)

  • It's a pity that it had to descend into such routine carnage.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • ... perhaps the ultimate drive-in car chase movie. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment, then you don't know the sheer visceral thrill of a great tire squealing, chassis-slamming, speed demon piece of auto outlaw cinema.

    Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Amateurish, badly acted and shot on the cheap (many sequences don't even have sync sound), this cult item features a 40-minute car chase (almost half the film's running time) that's nothing short of breathtaking.

    May 6, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Has much more of an electrifying energy, and intelligence than the remake does...

    Jul 16, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Halicki may know car chases, but he doesn't really know anything about dramatic filmmaking

    Sep 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • The car wrecks pile up to boredom before the end.

    Jul 26, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Gone in 60 Seconds

  • Sep 06, 2011
    The classic Gone in 60 Seconds is a decent car chase film, but its nothing that great to be honest. The film is memorable of course for the car chase scene that spans half the film, and features the destruction of 93 cars. The film though entertaining, lacks anything really intriguing about the plot. The acting is average, and it's nothing great. The films plot is very thin, and not elaborate. I felt that this film was entertaining, but it was also sloppy in its style. I can applaud the effort of the crew for attempting this low budget film, and it pays off slightly. Bur like I said, the film lacks effective material to really make it a stellar film. I mean, they could've added more depth to the overall plot. That's my biggest beef with the film, its lack of effective plot development. I guess with that aside, there's a cool little film to enjoy. But it's flawed, and overall there are better car chase films than this film. After seeing the famous chase, I wasn't really in awe. I still think the most legendary car chase is the one in Bullitt. For what it is, Gone in 60 Seconds is an impressive low budget car chase film, and there are lots of cool cars. However the film lacks in effective plot development and acting. The film can be summarized as such, the thieves get together and get their list of cars they need to steal and after they start to steal the cars, then there's the famous chase, and the end credits. Not too much substance. But decent, mindless fun, if this is your type of film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2009
    Only watch this for the Shelby at the end.
    kawai d Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2009
    H.B. Halicki, the car crash king, writes, directs, and stars his way into stardom, with a car chase film, known as <i>Gone in 60 Seconds</i>.<p>The plot has a lot of potential, in which it deals with the stealing of 48 cars in only a few days. The problem here is that there isn't enough explanation for the plot or buildup for the characters. It almost seems like something to just past the time until the finale. Still, it is quite interesting. The pacing is moderate and Halicki utilizes a lot of narration dialogue, where the characters are talking while the screen is showing something else.</p><p>The most memorable and popular segments of this movie are the car chases. There are a couple small ones in the first half of the film, including one that involves a tow truck. It is the big one at the end that deserves an applause. Remember how I mentioned that the story feels like something to pass the time? Well, this film is about an hour and 40 minutes. At just before the 1 hour mark, the story goes away and it is 1 long car chase until the end credits appear. We're talking about a 30-40 minute car chase. Supposedly, there were 93 cars destroyed in this picture, which comes out to nearly 1 car a minute. There are no special effects either, as it is all real stunt work.</p><p>The acting is OK at best, with George Cole giving the best performance.</p><p><i>Gone in 60 Seconds</i> is a film for fans of car chases. Nothing more and nothing less. On a quick note, the opening segment is mimicked in another film ... <i>Kill Bill</i>.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2009
    i had no idea what was going on for about half of this movie.
    jason d Super Reviewer

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