Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) 3.29/5 (4)


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Rating: The Good – 79.9
Genre: Action, Crime
Duration: 105 mins
Director: H.B. Halicki
Stars: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda

The original not that Angelia Jolie bullsh%&t! Stuntman extraordinaire H.B. Halicki wrote, directed, and starred in this supercharged action masterclass about an expert car thief who is given the task of stealing 48 luxury cars in 24 hours. When he and his team have secured all but one, a 1974 Ford Mustang (codenamed Eleanor), he becomes the target of a state wide pursuit as he attempts to bring her in. It’s impossible to properly explain how good this film is with words because its genius lies in the way it viscerally connects with the audience. It’s not about production values so don’t be put off by the sound and picture quality especially of the earlier scenes. Neither is it about the acting because Halicki wasn’t big on read-throughs or even using proper actors. On the contrary, those raw and unprocessed qualities should be savoured because they  feed into the overall project seamlessly. Gone in 60 Seconds is the ultimate in guerrilla film-making and damn near the best car-chase movie ever made. Give it time because it starts slow but once it gets goin – hold on!

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