Gone in 60 Seconds (2000 film)

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Gone In 60 Seconds
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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
Touchstone Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Buena Vista 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.


Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi), an aspiring car thief from Long Beach, is cruising with Mirror Man (T.J Cros) and Toby (William Lee Scott), looking for a Porsche 911 Carrera to steal. After arriving at the showroom, Kip uses a brick to break in, and Mirror follows. Mirror reads the VIN and Kip gets the keys, and smashes out of the showroom with the Porsche. After stealing it, they provoke another man in a Honda Civic to race them, but Kip attracts the attention of the police. They arrive at the local garage with more stolen cars, where Atley (Will Patton), Tumbler (Scott Caan) and Freb (James Duval). However, they are forced to flee when the police arrive, and the cars are seized by Det. Castleback (Delroy Lindo) and Det. Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant):

The next day, Atley arrives at a gas station outside of town to speak to Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage), a retired professional car thief, who left town after serving 6 years in jail. Atley explains that Kip was stealing cars for Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston), a British gangster called "The Carpenter" (due to him creating wooden chairs and coffins), and when the cars were seized, Kip was abducted. Atley admits that he gave the job to Kip, since he works for Calitri. After some convincing, Memphis agrees to go with him, and they return to Long Beach and head to a junkyard owned by Calitri, where he meets with Calitri, who offers him the same job. Memphis refuses and offers a $10,000 bail for the troubles. Calitri refuses, but takes him to Kip, who has been strapped to a steering wheel of a car that is about to be crushed. After Memphis tries to save him, Calitri holds him at gunpoint, and Memphis is forced to accept the job. He goes home with Kip, who is not convincingly happy to see Memphis, and explains he doesn't need to worry about it, but Memphis isn't convinced.

Memphis visits Otto Halliwell (Robert Duvall), a former chop shop owner and his mentor, who now runs a restoration garage and is retired from carjacking business. After reconciling, Otto informs him that he knows about Kip, and Memphis convinces him to help. Memphis also visits his mother to inform her that he is in town and tells her about Kip, and she gives him his blessing to do whatever it takes. However, as he leaves, he is cornered by Drycoff and Castlebeck, who informs him that he is watching him and will arrest him for only one minor infraction. Memphis goes back to Otto and they try to assemble a gang to steal the cars, but he only finds two people willing to join: Donny Astricky (Chi McBride) and Sphinx (Vinnie Jones). He tries to convince Sway, his former love interest, to join him, but she refuses, having gone straight after the carjacking phase.

Memphis, Otto, Kip and Sphinx devise the plan after being given the list of 50 cars they need to steal, and just then, Kip arrives with Mirror, Toby, Tumbler and Freb, wanting to join in. Otto and Donny are against it, but Memphis decides to accept them. Toby, a computer genius, hacks into the DMV database to find several cars on the list, while Donny manages to find the rest through insurance houses. Memphis decides to pull the job in one night to avoid police heat, and Sway changes her mind and joins the team. Memphis and Kip leave the garage and head back home, but they are ambushed by Johnny B. (Master P.), Memphis's rival, who wants him dead since he is after the job himself. However, they manage to hide in a cafe where the police is placed, and Kip sneaks out and ties Johnny B's car to a truck, and Johnny B's car is pulled and smashed, and the cops surround him and his gang. Kip and Memphis escape.

After scouting the cars, Memphis is worried about the new Mercedes cars, which are impossible to steal, but Tumbler informs him that he will provide them with the laser-cut transponder keys to get the cars. Castlebeck arrives in the garage with Drycoff, and while nothing can prove the possible car heist, Castlebeck finds the frequency numbers for police dispatches and realizes they are going in tonight. Memphis and the crew prepare themselves for the heist and start, first cleaning up a garage to steal several Ferrari cars, and then splitting up into pairs: Memphis and Sway, Kip and Tumbler, Donny and Freb, and Sphinx and Mirror. Also, Memphis and Sway reconcile their long-lost relationship while stealing a Lamborghini Diablo.

While the gang successfully steals many cars from the list, Memphis notices Castlebeck in a van next to a Mercedes, and calls the group back into the garage. After confronting Tumbler, he reveals that he got the keys after bribing a Mercedes shop employee, and realizes that Castlebeck blackmailed him into cooperation. Toby informs the group that they have the keys of the Mercedes cars from the last heist, but Donny notes that they are on the police impound. Memphis agrees to steal them, but they are forced to wait for it and steal another cars after Otto's dog accidentally eats the keys. Toby and Freb walk the dog around until he defecates the keys out, and the group manages to steal the Mercedes cars from the impound while Mirror distracts the parking manager.

Castlebeck, defeated, returns to the police station with Drycoff, and is informed that they found shards of glass from a UV light bulb in the garage where they seized the carsfrom the original heist. He and Drycoff return to the garage, where they discover the list of cars under invisible ink. Castlebeck finds a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500, dubbed "Eleanor", and theorizes this is the last car he will steal, due to him being "afraid" of it (since he never managed to successfully steal one). Meanwhile, Toby sneaked in for a ride with Kip and Tumbler to steal a car against their objections. They manage to steal the SUV from the house, but one of the occupants notices them and they are forced to flee. The police set up a roadblock and open fire on them, injuring Toby. They return to the garage, and Atley and Kip drive Toby to a private doctor, where Atley reveals to Kip that Memphis left the city because their mother told him to go to save Kip from the life of carjacking.

Meanwhile, Memphis arrives at the location of Eleanor to steal it, but just then, Castlebeck and Drycoff arrive. A massive car chase ensues all over Long Beach, with Castlebeck's attempts to apprehend Memphis at all times, but Memphis manages to escape after using a ramp to jump over a traffic jam on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. After escaping, Memphis arrives at the junkyard to deliver the last car to Calitri, but he assaults him and prepares to kill him, since he arrived after the deadline and the car is damaged (thus Calitri noting that he said to deliver 50 cars, not 49 and a half), but Kip arrives and subdues Calitri's men. He corners Calitri in his office and assaults him, but Calitri escapes. Castlebeck and Drycoff arrive, being here to arrest Memphis, but Calitri notices Castlebeck and holds him at gunpoint. He prepares to kill him, but Memphis knocks him off the ledge, sending Calitri down below, where Calitri lands in his own coffin, killing him. Castlebeck thanks him for saving his life, and lets him go due to stealing cars to save Kip's life.

Afterwards, all of them are having a barbecue at Otto's garage. Kip arrives and gives a pair of keys to Memphis, and Otto invites him in, and he and Kip reveal a rusty old Eleanor that Kip acquired. Memphis thinks that Kip stole him, but Kip informs him that he traded his chopper for the car as a token of appreciation, and the brothers embrace. Memphis and Sway go for a ride, while the rest of them escort them out. However, the engine fails as they leave, and Memphis fails to start it.


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 300 SL/Gullwing Dorothy
8 1999 Cadillac Escalade Carol 33 1999 Mercedes Benz CL 500 Donna
9 2000 Cadillac Eldorado STS Daniela 34 1999 Mercedes Benz S 600 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 265 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 T-Bird 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 Turbo Wagon R Lisa


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]


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]


  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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