Gone in 60 Seconds (2000 film)

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Gone in 60 Seconds
Gone in sixty seconds.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dominic Sena
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Mike Stenson
Written by Scott Rosenberg
Based on Gone in 60 Seconds by H.B. Halicki
Starring Nicolas Cage
Angelina Jolie
Giovanni Ribisi
Delroy Lindo
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Paul Cameron
Edited by Roger Barton
Chris Lebenzon
Tom Muldoon
Production
company
Touchstone Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 2000 (2000-06-09)
Running time
118 minutes (Theatrical)
122 minutes (Director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $90 million
Box office $237.2 million

Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action heist film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, and Will Patton. The film was directed by Dominic Sena, written by Scott Rosenberg, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock and Con Air (both of which starred Cage) and Armageddon (which starred Patton), and is a loose remake of the 1974 H.B. Halicki film of the same name.

The film was shot throughout Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

Plot[edit]

Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi), an aspiring car thief in Los Angeles, has taken the offer of stealing fifty expensive cars for Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston), a British gangster, via Calitri's associate, Atley (Will Patton). Though Kip and his crew Mirror Man (T.J Cros), Toby (William Lee Scott), Tumbler (Scott Caan) and Freb (James Duval) nearly complete the job, their youthful antics lead the police to their warehouse where the cars have been stashed, and they barely escape capture. Detectives Castleback (Delroy Lindo) and Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant) seize the cars and begin an investigation.

Calitri orders Kip kidnapped and threatens to kill him for failing. Atley contacts Kip's older brother, Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage), a former car thief having gone straight years before, and explains Kip's plight. Memphis attempts to negotiate for Kip's release, but Calitri forces him to accept the same job Kip had, to steal fifty cars. Kip is turned over to Memphis, but Calitri warns that he only has 72 hours to complete the heist or he will kill Kip. After getting their mother's approval to do whatever it takes to save Kip, Memphis begins talking with his mentor, Otto Halliwell (Robert Duvall) and assembling a crew, including Donny Astricky (Chi McBride) and Sphinx (Vinnie Jones). Memphis also tries to engage his former lover, Sara "Sway" Wayland (Angelina Jolie), who initially refuses but later comes to help, rekindling her relationship with Memphis. Kip offers the help of his own gang, as they know tricks for dealing with more modern cars than Memphis' crew knows. They identify the fifty cars with female code names and identify the locations where they can be stolen. Memphis sees one car is a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500, dubbed "Eleanor", which he plans to steal last, as all former attempts to steal that type of car have ended badly and he feels the car is cursed. To avoid police detection, they plan to steal all the cars over a few short hours just prior to Calitri's deadline.

Castleback and Drycoff learn Memphis is back in town, and believe he is about to engage in a car theft, warning him to keep himself and his crew clean. The detectives tail Memphis but he remains careful to avoid giving the police a reason to arrest him while scouting the vehicles. The detectives' investigation at the warehouse reveals that to get some of the cars, Kip's gang had to acquire electronic keys, and they set up surveillance at these vehicles.

The night of the heist arrives, and most of the cars are stolen without incident as they are delivered to Calitri's dockside warehouse. When Memphis approaches one of the watched cars, he recognizes the signs of surveillance and tells the others to abandon their attempts to steal them. Instead, they are able to recover the previously stolen versions of the cars from police impound. With their plan failed, Castleback and Drycoff are told to stand down off the case, but this gives Castleback the opportunity to review the evidence, discovering a fragment of a UV light bulb from Kip's warehouse. They return to the warehouse and discover Calitri's list of cars written in UV-sensitive paint, matching up with those they had been watching, and know Memphis is attempting to steal the same. Castleback recognizes the GT500 on the list as the likely last car to be stolen based on Memphis' previous thefts, and arranges to monitor the few GT500's that are in the city.

With all the other cars collected, Memphis proceeds to steal Eleanor, but encounters Castleback and Drycoff as he departs with it. This leads to a chase across the city, but Memphis eventually ditches the police chasing him near Calitri's dock. He delivers the badly-damaged car minutes after the deadline, and Calitri refuses to accept it, considering his deal null and void. Calitri orders that Eleanor be crushed and Memphis killed, but Kip and Atley take out Calitri's men before they can kill Memphis. Memphis follows Calitri into his warehouse to attack him, but Calitri turns and fires a warning shot at him, which alerts Castleback and Drycoff searching outside. Memphis is chased down by Calitri in the warehouse and eventually cornered at gunpoint, but then Castleback appears. Confused to who Castleback is, Calitri holds him at gunpoint, giving Memphis the opportunity to rush Calitri and push him over a railing to his death. After explaining his situation, Castleback agrees to let Memphis go as he saved both his life and his brother Kip's.

Later, Memphis and his crew celebrate at a barebeque. Kip presents Memphis with a rusty GT500, rebuilt using parts from his motorcycle as a way of showing thanks. Memphis and Sway prepare to take the car for a drive, but the engine fails to turn over, continuing the Eleanor curse.

Cast[edit]

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.

An original "Eleanor" car, circa. 2010. They were created by "hot rod" designer Chip Foose, who in turn based his design on the sketches drawn by illustrator Steve Stanford. Of the 12 made, five were destroyed during the film's production.[1]
# Years Automobiles Codes # Years Automobiles Codes
1 1999 Aston Martin DB7 Mary 26 1999 Infiniti Q45 Rachel
2 1962 Aston Martin DB1 Barbara 27 1994 Jaguar XJ220 Bernadine
3 1999 Bentley Arnage Lindsey 28 1999 Jaguar XK8 Coupe Deborah
4 1999 Bentley Azure Laura 29 1990 Lamborghini LM SUV Gina
5 1964 Bentley Continental Alma 30 1999 Lexus LS 400 Hillary
6 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Madeline 31 1999 Lincoln Navigator Kimberley
7 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Patricia 32 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL/Gullwing Dorothy
8 1999 Cadillac Escalade Carol 33 1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500 Donna
9 2000 Cadillac Eldorado STS Daniela 34 1999 Mercedes-Benz S600 Samantha
10 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible Stefanie 35 1998 Mercedes Benz SL 600 Ellen
11 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Erin 36 1950 Mercury Custom Gabriela
12 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Pamela 37 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Shannon
13 1967 Corvette Corvette Stingray L71 Stacey 38 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Jessica
14 2000 Ford F-Series F-350 4×4 Pickup (Modified) Ann 39 1965 Pontiac GTO Sharon
15 1971 DeTomaso Pantera Kate 40 1999 Porsche 996 Tina
16 1970 Plymouth Superbird Vanessa 41 2000 Porsche Boxster Marsha
17 1998 Dodge Viper Coupé GTS Denise 42 1961 Porsche 356B Speedster Natalie
18 1995 Ferrari F355 B Diane 43 1988 Porsche 959 Virginia
19 1997 Ferrari F355 F1 Iris 44 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo Tanya
20 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Nadine 45 2000 Rolls-Royce Park Ward Stretch Limousine Grace
21 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Angelina 46 1966 Shelby AC Cobra Ashley
22 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Rose 47 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Eleanor
23 1956 Ford Thunderbird Susan 48 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser Katie
24 2000 GMC Yukon Megan 49 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo Lynn
25 1999 Hummer H1 (2 Door) Tracy 50 2000 Volvo V70R Lisa

Release[edit]

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. The movie premiered on June 9, 2000.

The film trailer was narrated by Melissa Disney and the film is widely credited as one of the first major movies to employ a female trailer voice.[2]

In its opening weekend, Gone in 60 Seconds grossed $25,336,048 from 3,006 US theaters, leading all films that weekend. By the end of the film's theatrical run, it had grossed $101,648,571 domestically and $135,553,728 internationally, comprising a total gross revenue for the film of $237,202,299 worldwide.[3]

Though the film earned a $237 million worldwide box office gross, Slate columnist Edward Epstein argued that, after overhead, it lost roughly $90 million after all expenses, including the $103.3 million it cost to make the film, were taken into account over the four years following the film's release.[4][5]

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack containing a blend of rock, electronic and hip hop music was released on June 6, 2000 by the Island Def Jam Music Group. It peaked at #69 on the Billboard 200.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The film garnered a mostly poor reaction from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 24% out of 135 reviews gave the film a positive review, with the site consensus being: "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."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carscoop. "One of the Original “Eleanor” Mustang GT500 Film Cars Going under the Hammer", www.carscoops.com, published 01-06-2012. Retrieved 11-07-2015.
  2. ^ Smith, C. Molly (August 9, 2013). "Lake Bell's New Movie Asks Why More Women Aren't Used to Narrate Movie Trailers". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) – Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ Edward Jay Epstein (May 16, 2005). "Gross Misunderstanding: Forget about the box office.". Slate.com. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  5. ^ "The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood" Edward Jay Epstein, 2005
  6. ^ Billboard Album Info Retrieved September 15, 2011
  7. ^ [1]Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved on June 2, 2012.

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