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Gone in 60 seconds

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Movie propaganda

His business is stealing cars...when he goes to work, the excitement starts - and goes - and goes - and goes!

The assignment: to steal 48 muscle and exotic cars. The challenge: avoid getting caught!

When the cops catch up with master car thief Maindrain Pace (HB "Toby" Halicki), he has no choice but to rock them through a full-throttle chase, wrecking five cities making his escape. Behind the wheel of souped up Ford Mustang mach 1 Eleanor, Gone in 60 seconds is raw filmmaking at its best, with spectacular stunts and unstoppable action. It slams you on a rocket ride you'll never forget.

Persons of interest

  • HB "Toby" Halicki .... Maindrain Pace, Writer, Director
  • Marion Busia .... Pumpkin Chase
  • Jerry Daugirda .... Eugene Chase
  • James McIntyre .... Stanley Chase
  • George Cole .... Atlee Jackson
  • Ronald Halicki .... Corlis Pace
  • Markos Kotsikos .... Uncle Joe Chase
  • Eleanor .... Herself

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Agent Matt Peters

Theatrical report

In the year of your lord, 1974, the USA film industry was in pretty good shape. It was the year of Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Mel Brooks' Blazing saddles, Francis Ford Coppola's The godfather Part II, Terry Gilliam's Monty python and the holy grail and the ageless classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre By Tobe Hooper. All of these films made it into the top 10 at the box office.

One film that didn't make it into the top 10 is HB Galicki's Gone in 60 seconds and it's pretty obvious why if you sit down to watch it.

Gone in 60 seconds is a film about stealing cars; the synopsis could've been printed on the back of a matchbox. There are wacky characters with names like Pumpkin, Eugene and Stanley. How parents could burden their children with such a collection of names is beyond me.

The structure of the film is erratic. There is a voice-over. There are throwaway scenes.

Balancing this out is the climax, an awesome event with no less than 93 cars destroyed. If you liked The Beastie Boys' Sabotage, Gone in 60 seconds is a flick that might entertain you: it will definitely give you a laugh with the cheesy level of cool it tries so hard to portray. You will also laugh at the ease with which the hero, Maindrain, foils the ham-fisted cops.

If you love Mustang motor cars this is a film you can quote and no-one will ever be able to argue with you because the chances are that no-one else has seen it. The recent release has been digitally enhanced, but the film would've worked a lot better as a grainy cinematic oldie. Burning rubber gone dreadfully wrong. Amusing, but stupid.

Media intelligence (DVD)

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Security censorship classification

PG

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 14 November 2001
VHS retail: 14 November 2001

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