Gone in 60 Seconds (also known as Gone in Sixty Seconds) is a 2000 American action heist film starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, Delroy Lindo, Chi McBride, and Will Patton. The film was directed by Dominic Sena, written by Scott Rosenberg, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film is a loose remake of the 1974 H. B. Halicki film of the same name.
|Gone in 60 Seconds|
|Directed by||Dominic Sena|
|Written by||Scott Rosenberg|
|Based on||Gone in 60 Seconds|
by H. B. Halicki
|Music by||Trevor Rabin|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures Distribution|
|Box office||$237.2 million|
The film was shot throughout Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. It was released on June 9, 2000, by Buena Vista Pictures (through its Touchstone Pictures label). Upon release, Gone in 60 Seconds received generally negative reviews from critics, with criticism for its writing, its direction, as well as the acting and the action sequences. Despite the critical response, the film grossed $237 million against an estimated production budget of $90 million.
Car thief Kip Raines works with his gang to steal fifty high-end cars for Raymond Calitri, a British gangster in Long Beach, California. After stealing a Porsche 996 from a showroom, Kip unwittingly leads the police to his crew's warehouse, forcing the thieves to flee. Detectives Castlebeck and Drycoff impound the stolen cars and open an investigation. Atley Jackson, Calitri's associate, reaches out to Kip's older brother Randall "Memphis" Raines, a notorious but reformed car thief. Memphis meets with Calitri, who has kidnapped Kip and intends to kill him in a car crusher. Memphis agrees to steal the fifty cars within 72 hours, and Kip is released; Calitri warns that if the cars are not delivered on time, Kip will be killed.
Memphis visits his mentor Otto Halliwell and they assemble a crew of old associates: Donny Astricky, now a driving instructor; Sphinx, a mute mortician; and Sara "Sway" Wayland, a mechanic and bartender. Kip and his crew volunteer to help, and the group tracks down the cars, giving each a code name; Memphis insists on saving a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500, dubbed "Eleanor"—which he has attempted to steal before—for last. While scouting the cars, he and Kip narrowly avoid being killed by a rival gang. Hoping to deliver the cars before they can be traced, the crew plans to steal all fifty cars in one night.
Castlebeck and Drycoff learn that Kip bribed a Mercedes dealership employee to order laser-cut transponder keys, enabling the detectives to stakeout the Mercedes cars on the crew's list. A member of Kip's crew impulsively steals a Cadillac Eldorado not on the list, and the crew discovers a stash of heroin in the trunk. Castlebeck arrives, forcing the crew to distract him while they dispose of the drugs. He leaves, having ascertained that the heist is happening that night.
The crew sets their heist in motion, stealing the various cars and delivering them to Atley on the docks. As they prepare to use the transponder keys to steal the Mercedes cars, Memphis spots Castlebeck and Drycoff watching from a surveillance van. Abandoning the cars under surveillance, the crew breaks into the police impound lot, distracting the guard and stealing the Mercedes cars originally stolen by Kip's crew; the plan is hampered temporarily when Otto's dog eats, and eventually passes, the keys. Memphis and Sway rekindle their past romance while stealing a Lamborghini Diablo. Castlebeck and Drycoff return to the warehouse seized from Kip's crew. Having found pieces of a broken blacklight lamp, the detectives discover the crew's list of fifty cars written in ultraviolet-sensitive paint. With too many cars to track, Castleback focuses on the Shelby GT500, knowing Memphis will steal it last, and determines the location of the only 1967 Shelby in the area. When the crew steals a Cadillac Escalade, security is alerted, and a member of Kip's crew is injured. Memphis steals Eleanor just as the detectives arrive and leads police on a chase through the city and into a shipyard. Reaching the Vincent Thomas Bridge, blocked by an accident, Memphis jumps Eleanor off the ramp of a tow truck and lands on the other side, evading the police.
Memphis arrives at Calitri's junkyard twelve minutes late, and Calitri refuses to accept the slightly damaged Shelby, ordering his men to crush the car and kill Memphis. Kip and Atley use the junkyard crane to knock out the henchmen, and an armed Calitri pursues Memphis into the warehouse as the detectives arrive. Calitri prepares to shoot Castlebeck, but Memphis kicks Calitri over a railing to his death. A grateful Castlebeck lets Memphis go free, and Memphis tells him where to find the container ship full of stolen cars.
The crew celebrates with a barbecue, and Kip reveals that he has bought Memphis a dilapidated 1967 Shelby GT500 which Memphis also calls "Eleanor", which Otto promises to restore. Memphis invites Sway on a ride, but the car breaks down just as they drive away.
- Nicolas Cage as Randall "Memphis" Raines, a former car thief who comes out of retirement to steal 50 cars in exchange for his brother's life
- Angelina Jolie as Sara "Sway" Wayland, a mechanic and bartender who was once Memphis' girlfriend and ends up rekindling their romance
- Robert Duvall as Otto Halliwell, Memphis' former mentor who helps him attempt to pull off his biggest task yet
- Will Patton as Atley Jackson, an original member of Memphis' former crew and currently Raymond Calitri's associate
- Delroy Lindo as Detective Roland Castlebeck, a police detective investigating stolen cars, who has a grudge against Memphis
- Giovanni Ribisi as Kip Raines, a car thief and Memphis' brother
- Christopher Eccleston as Raymond Calitri, a British gangster and Kip's former boss who gives Memphis the task of delivering 50 stolen cars for him in exchange for Kip's life
- Vinnie Jones as "Sphinx", a mute mortician and former member of Memphis' team, who comes out of retirement to help him
- Scott Caan as "Tumbler", a member of Kip's team
- T.J. Cross as "Mirror Man", a member of Kip's team
- James Duval as Freb, a member of Kip's team
- Timothy Olyphant as Detective Drycoff, Detective Roland's partner who helps him attempt to catch Memphis
- Chi McBride as Donny Astricky, a driver instructor and a former member of Memphis' team, who comes out of retirement to help him
- William Lee Scott as Toby, the youngest member of Kip's team
- Grace Zabriskie as Helen Raines, the mother of Memphis and Kip
- Frances Fisher as Junie Halliwell, Otto's wife
- Stephen Shellen as Roger
- Harry Van Gorkum as Forge
- Trevor Goddard as Don
- Master P as Johnny "Johnny B", leader of a gang and a past rival of Memphis who stills holds a grudge against him
- Carmen Argenziano as Detective Mayhew, a homicide cop
- Bodhi Elfman as "Fuzzy" Frizzel
- Arye Gross as James Lakewood
- Dan Hildebrand as Saul
- Michael Peña as Ignacio
- John Carroll Lynch as Impound Manager
Cars featured Edit
The 50 cars, stolen in the film, are listed below. They are listed in the same order as seen in the film; by year and model, along with their respective codenames.
In 1995, Denice Shakarian Halicki entered into a license contract to produce the remake with Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer. Filming began in 1999, with Halicki as Executive Producer.
An album containing only Trevor Rabin's instrumental music for the film was also released in 2000 (subtitled "Original Motion Picture Score").
Box office Edit
Gone in 60 Seconds premiered on June 9, 2000. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $25.3 million from 3,006 US theaters, ranking number one at the box office, beating Mission: Impossible 2. By the end of the film's theatrical run, it had grossed $101.6 million domestically and $135.6 million internationally, comprising a total gross revenue for the film of $237.2 million worldwide.
Due to its high production and marketing costs, it is estimated the film lost the studio about $90 million, although due to Hollywood accounting, Disney wrote it down as a $212 million loss.
Critical reception Edit
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 25% out of 138 reviews gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.40/10. However the movie garners a 77% viewer rating from more than 250,000, reviews making the movie a fan favorite and cult classic. The website's critical consensus reads: "Even though Oscar-bearers Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duvall came aboard for this project, the quality of Gone in 60 Seconds is disappointingly low. The plot line is nonsensical, and even the promised car-chase scenes are boring". The average viewer rating is overwhelmingly positive in comparison to the professional critics. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale.
At the 2000 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film won the awards for Worst Screenplay for a Film That Grossed over $100 Million Using Hollywood Math, and Most Intrusive Musical Score. Angelina Jolie received a nomination for Worst On-Screen Hairstyle but lost to John Travolta and Forest Whitaker for Battlefield Earth.
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