Gone in 60 sec­onds (1974)

Friday 2 June @5PM, Movies4Men

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No, not the glitzy re­make re­leased in 2000 star­ring Ni­co­las Cage and An­gelina Jolie – this is the full-fat orig­i­nal, brim­ming with ac­tion and a jaw-drop­ping 40-minute car chase.

The plot­line in­volves a crooked in­sur­ance in­ves­ti­ga­tor get­ting paid to steal 48 de­sir­able cars. Crime, chaos, and chases fol­low. And that’s pretty much all you need to know. In short, the sto­ry­line is fast and ac­tion­packed, and many car chase movies owe their ex­is­tence to this film.

Now, let’s talk mo­tors. All the cars were given fe­male names, among them there were some su­per-rare ma­chines, in­clud­ing a bitsa Ford Mus­tang (Eleanor), a Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Shadow (Terri) and a De Tomaso Man­gusta (Mar­i­lyn). A lot has to be said for the direc­tor, writer, and pro­ducer too. Henry Blight Hal­icki starred in the film, bankrolled it, per­formed some of the stunts, and un­for­tu­nately died while film­ing a se­quel. Murray Scul­lion

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