I remember as a youngster watching a movie on OnTV about a group of car thieves running a chop shop. They had to steal a huge list of cars for a Latin American syndicate including a ’73 Ford Mustang they codenamed Eleanor… What could go wrong. That movie was titled, “Gone in 60 Seconds,” 1974 by H.B. Halicki. Me being an impressional boy preoccupied with trains, freeways, cars and mechanical thingies, fell in love with this film.
What was not like about it? It had car chases, car crashes, and was filmed through familiar areas of the South Bay area of SoCal, including Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Carson. I felt that it was cool to see a film accurately representing familiar locations and city officials and local businesses and business people. Most other movies with a bigger budget and big named stars couldn’t pull off what Halicki did in this film.
In 2000, the movie was re-released with new, jazzy production music, which bothered me, because the original music matched the movie best.
The re-release was ahead of the release of the 2000 Nicholas Cage/ Robert Duvall version of the film. Although I didn’t hate the new film, to me, it didn’t hold a candle to the original.
Someone actually remastered the chase scene and the original music and I’m glad that they did…