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Gone in 60 Minutes, the Car Chase Classic

MPAA rating: PG
length: 97 minutes
Posters and Movie/Video Artwork
Toby Halicki: A Memoir
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A brief overview:

Gone in 60 Seconds was produced and directed by its star and principal stunt driver, H.B. ("Toby") Halicki ("Maindrian Pace")

The first part of the movie has two minor car chases. The final segment features a 40-minute pursuit beginning in Long Beach that goes through seven cities in southern L.A. County culminating in a spectacular jump that takes the film's real star, "Eleanor" (a "last of the Real Mustangs", or a 1973 model), 128 feet through the air and to a fairly plausable escape for its protagonist. This record-setting chase (which took seven months to film, with the production assistance of five cities and seven law enforcement agencies) leaves 93 cars destroyed in its wake.

The plot, such as it is, involves a gang of car thieves that work as insurance investigators/adjusters for their cover. They need to steal forty eight cars for some sort of black-market exporter and have no trouble with any of them save the one code-named "Eleanor". The police are tipped off to the leader of the gang (Halicki) by his partner due to a business dispute. The alarm goes off on Eleanor as she leaves the parking garage. Our hero gets out, disables the alarm, spots the plain-clothes officers staking him out, gets back in the car, laments his failure to read his horoscope that morning, and initiates the pursuit.

The main chase sequence is the primary reason to see this cult classic. The acting and dialogue leading up to it are high-school drama level at best. Critics panned Gone in 60 Seconds when it was finally distributed in 1975. But it grossed over $40 million with production costs of $1 million. And despite its continuity flaws (the pursuit in Bullitt had at least as many) and a handful of improbabilities, the chase is actually very exciting, and it does maintain a high level of intensity throughout. And that final stunt is unbelievable.

Sadly, Mr. Halicki was killed August 20, 1989 while filming the (since aborted) sequel, Gone in 60 Seconds II, The Slasher (go here for details of the accident). A telephone pole fell on his car during filming on location in New York. He was 48.

 2000 Touchstone Pictures. All rights reserved COMING SOON TO DVD Nicolas Cage Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock) stars in the remake with Angelina Jolie (Gia, Girl,Interrupted) as his co-star/love interest and a heavilly customized 1967 Shelby GT 500 as Eleanor. The new Gone in 60 Seconds is produced for Disney/Touchstone Studios by Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Con Air) with Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) as screenwriter and Dominic Sena (Kalifornia) as director. There is, of course, The Jump. The Chase itself exceeds 160 mph. PRE-ORDER your copy HERE.

VIDEO/RE-ISSUE INFORMATION: The widow of H.B. Halicki, Denice Shakarian Halicki, owns the copyrights to Gone as well as The Junkman and Deadline Auto Theft. All three are to be released on VHS and DVD soon. IN THE MEANTIME, the new Gone is set for DVD release December 12, 2000. Pre-order your copy here

THIS JUST IN! Mrs. Halicki and her partner Michael Leone finished the restoration of Gone last August 11, and their entirely successful efforts screened, along with its new soundtrack (remastered at 5:1 digital surround Dolby), at the L.A. County Museum of Arts theater August 12. The packed house cheered loud and long. Check out this trailer. E-mail here for info and updates.

ELEANOR ALERT! The star of the original classic will have her own video, Eleanor2000, when Gone is re-released. She does power slides and hits 100 mph at Willow Springs International race track. Pictures of both Eleanors at the Petersen Museum can now be seen here. The first one's leading lady has her own official page with never-before-seen archived photos. FOR OUR AUSSIE FANS: Eleanor's cousin from Down Under can be viewed here.

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Page index:

[1) Main Page]
[2) Index Page]
[2a) Posters and Movie/Video Artwork]
[3) Cast and Crew Info, Links]
[4)Cast and Crew Info for the New Gone]
[5) A Tale of Two Eleanors]
[6) Toby Halicki: A Memoir]
[7) Details Of Mr. Halicki's Fatal Accident]
[8) The Eleanor Scrapbook]
[9) Titles by Jerry Bruckheimer Films]
[10) Films With Nicolas Cage]
[11) Films With Angelina Jolie]
[12) The Unofficial Fan Webpage
review of the new Gone
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[13) Frequently Asked Questions]
[14) Eleanors at the Petersen]

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