Car Guy Movie Review – Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 version)

Time for another car guy movie review.  This time it is the 1974 version of Gone in 60 Seconds.

This is one of my favorite movies.  Although I will be the first to admit that the acting is not great.  The movie is one that was made by a stunt driver who wanted to make a movie.  The results are about what you would expect.  Many of the actors in the movie were friends and family of H. B. “Toby” Halicki, the one who directed, produced, and starred in the movie.

Much of the movie was unscripted, but the main attraction of the movie are the car chases.  Yes, there is the main chase, but we will get to that.  There is also a chase involving a tow truck with a car on the back  as it is chased by a security officer.

And then there is the main reason for the rest of the movie, the big chase scene.  What lead up to it, is that the main character, played by Halicki, needs to steal 48 cars in a few days.  The one quirk he has, is that all cars stolen need to be insured.  That leads him to end up stealing multiple 1973 Mustangs, which like the rest of the cars stolen, were given women’s names for tracking purposes.

The last one stolen, the police were tipped off, and the big chase is started.  It is cool to see a chase scene that was just set up by a stunt driver, and not by some writer and they have to try to make it look right.

And some of the action in the chase scene were not scripted, including the Mustang crashing into a light pole at 100 MPH.  But it adds to the realism of the movie.

And the best line of the movie happens during the chase, a pilot for the airplane of the radio station covering the chase, gives this great line when talking to the radio station, “hey down there, it’s up here”.  I think it is hilarious.

All in all, the rest of the movie is there to support the 40 minute chase scene.  And it is a great chase scene, so if you love car chases, this is one to not miss.

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Car Guy Movie Review – Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 version) — 5 Comments

  1. The original Gone in 60 is a classic. Even the more modern take with Nicholas Cage is a fun flick, if for nothing else other than the cars. The main chase scene in the original still gives me goosebumps. It’s right up there with Bullitt.

  2. I do like the remake of gone in 60, probably a lot because of angelina jolie, but mostly the end chase, just let ‘er rip! european muscle cars tend to be of the italian or german models, but i find a lot them overly sporty, some of the bigger merc’s with AMG do have a real feel of power, while giving that king of the road sensation..nothing quite like i t!

    • Angelina Jolie does add a lot to the remake. But I kind of prefer the chase scene in the first one, just because it is so low budget.

  3. The car chase scene in the original (1969) Italian Job is still pretty awesome even when compared to more modern car chase scenes, The Bourne Identity also has an amazing chase scene.

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