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This film is about the feel of freedom, the experience of power, the thrill to high speed acceleration, and the absolute exhilaration of controllable force.

-Review by David Bruce



This page was created on June 17, 2000
and was updated on May 23, 2005

Directed by Dominic Sena
Writing credits: Scott Michael Rosenberg (screenplay), Toby Halicki (uncredited) (1974 motion picture)

Nicolas Cage .... Randall "Memphis" Raines
Angelina Jolie .... Sara "Sway" Wayland
Giovanni Ribisi .... Kip Raines
Robert Duvall .... Otto Halliwell
Delroy Lindo .... Detective Roland Castlebeck
Will Patton .... Atley Jackson
Chi McBride .... Donny Astricky
Scott Caan .... Tumbler
James Duval .... Freb Christopher

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Denice Shakarian Halicki (executive), Jonathan Hensleigh (executive), Chad Oman (executive), Mike Stenson Robert Stone (executive), Webster Stone (executive), Barry H. Waldman (executive)
Original music by Paul Linford (additional music) Trevor Rabin
Cinematography by Paul Cameron,
Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon and Tom Muldoon

David Bruce
Gone in 60 Seconds
-Review by David Bruce
Web master

This film is about the feeling of freedom,the experience of power,the thrill of high-speed acceleration, and the absolute exhilaration of controllable force.

What makes this film so popular is...
...the cars!
These are not the Geos, Hondas, Toyotas that look alike. These are class act cars with distinct styling and gas guzzling speed.

And here is the main star of the movie: A 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby 500. The human actors are just fill and fluff. Cars are not made this way anymore. The film recalls a time when cars were the ultimate symbol of mobility, freedom and power.
The film invites you to get in one of these cars and take a high speed test drive with a 4 on the floor. Feel the engine as you hear it roar down the open road.
In fact, the film actually puts you in a high speed car chase where you feel and experience speeds in access of 100 miles per hour.
The police have boring cars -- the kind you find at the Ford or Chevy agency. There is a longing in our culture for uniquely styled cars. Is it any wonder the new Volks Wagon Beetle and PT Cruiser are hard to keep in stock?
There is a scene in the film where a wrecking ball wastes one of those look alike cars. The audience has no reaction. Later when the Mustang is crushed, the audience does react.
In a scene that looks like it came out of the movie Armageddon, the drivers approach these cars as though they were astronauts, specialized in the art of flying. And indeed they are.
The father figure in this film is no less than Robert Duvall, who was one of the stars in Deep Impact (the other Armageddon).
The story line is simple. Memphis is a former master car thief. He is forced back into the criminal business in order to save the life of his brother. He must steal 50 cars in a single night. He does, of course, and rescues his brother out of evil hands.
"So, what's better, sex or stealing cars?" Sara asks Memphis.

They kiss.

The answer to the question is neither sex nor stealing. The answer is!

This film is about a love affair with cars. Each car, in fact, is given a human name.

The lead female character in the film also enjoys the thrill of power and freedom that these cars bring.

Fast cars are a symbol of empowerment and freedom.

Freedom is a basic human need that is actually a spiritual need manifested in the various cultural symbols, like the car. Real freedom must ultimately be experienced in our inner being. In the depths of the soul.

Bulletin Board:

Subject: Gone in Sixty Seconds
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001
From: Gertrude

these cars are so sweet.. specially Eleanor,, the best leading lady there could be . Only one actresse can top her , that's Angelina Jolie especially when she plays roles such as that of Sara "Sway" Wayland... Nicholas Cage plays the best car thief,,, swave, devenaire.I couldn't nam,e a favorite scene because i love em all. I love the "What's better ; stealing cars or having sex" even better is Nicholas Cage's answer " How about having sex WHILE STEALING CARS?" And who wouldn't the jump scene?? This is the ultimate movie,, especially for anyone tired of their everyday life and want an escape.... "Sway" (all my friends think i look like that caracter & have the same personality)

Date: Tue, 29 May 2001
From: "Scott Patterson"

Some people love cars. Some don't. I do. When "Gone In 60 Seconds" first came out I thought it might be 'just another car movie'. How wrong I was. I don't think I was expecting such a beautiful display of such legendary cars. I'll admit, my favourite car has, and probably always will be the Porsche 911. But the stunning array of cars from past and present times shown in this movie - and driven to such extremes - put a smile on my face. From Ferraris to McClaren, the Hemi Cuda to 'Eleanor' the 1967 Shelby GT 500, everyone including the 4x4 lovers gets a taste of adrenaline when viewing Nicolas Cage busting up the city with what I call the greatest all time car-chase ever filmed. Angelina Jolie plays the sexy love interest - an added bonus, in my mind - as fast cars and beautiful women are the foremost joys in most guy's lives. The scene involving the Lamborghini Diablo was pure 'Cool' - and the bit with the red Cadillac from China Town (full of drugs) really made me laugh. Old school mixed up with a little New school, combining the latest in electronic technology and the Good ol' Tricks of the Trade. Did they really have to crush Eleanor at the end of the chase scene??? That still hurts. However, building up another Shelby at the very end was an awesome finish.

All in all, a definite ten out of ten, keep up the good work guys. Just to know that there are people out there making excellent quality movies like this makes me look foward to seeing whatever is coming out next.
Scott Patterson, New Zealand.

Subject: Very disappointing
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001
From: "Jonathan Evans"

Perhaps my understanding of this movie was too shallow, but it seemed to glorify crime, or deny that it has ill effects (e.g., to the owners of the vehicles), or perhaps to blur good and evil. I had the same problem with "My Blue Heaven."
Jonathan Evans
Interim Missions Director
Trinity Church Lansing, Michigan

Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000
From: Gray

The main stars of this fast passed film are the cars themselves, while Nicholas Cage is the essence of cool and Angelina Joli is the essence of is the cars that are the true beauties. We have a '49 Mercury, '70 Plymouth AAR Hemi 'Cuda, and the car or cars "Lady Eleanor" the 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500. There is nothing like it when you are behind the wheel of a true American beauty, flying down the strip at over 100 mph knowing the all eyes are on your ride. Any true car buff can name all of the cars in this movie from the AM General Hummer Pickup to the Cadillac Escalade to the Shelby Cobra we see in the beginning. There are three things that men love, sports, sex, and take a man's car from him and it's like ripping his heart out and making him watch it being destroyed. There is no other technical invention in the history of the world that holds the same mystic that a car does, and no matter who you are and what kind of car you are into whether you're a Vette man or a Stang man or into the Ferrari's and Porsches when you see a car being wrecked you cry just a little bit inside because you know what at one time that, that car was a newborn, it had a heart beat, it had a soul, and to see that fire extinguished pours a little more fuel on our own fire to see our own car treated like a fine precious gem. The love a man has for his car is a rare a beautiful thing that can only be explained by the man himself....or does it need any explanation at all?

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