New York Times - 06/12/2000
"...Quite an accomplishment...[the movie] is mindless hot-rodding fun, especially for those with a weakness for vintage cars hurtling down city streets..."
USA Today - 06/09/2000
"...It's a pretty good ride even if it blatantly steals some of its best stunts from AMERICAN GRAFITTI and GREASE..."
Rolling Stone - 07/06/2000
"...[Sena] puts pedal to the metal in a product that will delight car junkies..."
Memphis Raines (Nicholas Cage) is a former car thief who is forced to come out of retirement when his younger brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), is unable to deliver 50 expensive cars to dangerous smuggler Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). With his brother's life on the line, Memphis must enlist his old car-stealing partners for help in order to pull off the ultimate crime. His team includes his mentor, Otto (Robert Duvall), and an old flame (Angelina Jolie), plus a crew of other colorful characters. Once he gets them all together, Memphis has to do the impossible: organize the theft of 50 cars from all over Los Angeles in a single night, hampered by rivals, security systems, and the best efforts of the LAPD detective (Delroy Lindo) who is out to get him. GONE IN 60 SECONDS is a fun, action-packed movie featuring producer Jerry Bruckheimer's trademarks: a simple, heartfelt story, comedy, spectacular action, an excellent cast of stars and character actors, and an amazing car chase through the crowded streets of Los Angeles. This film is based on the cult classic 1974 movie of the same name, and it's a must-see for lovers of classic cars or action fans of any stripe. Dominic Sena, the director of KALIFORNIA, directed this fast-moving crime-adventure extravaganza.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Gone In 60 Seconds Director's Cut
Fasten your seatbelts for the extended ride of your life in this high-performance, fuel-injected GONE IN 60 SECONDS DIRECTOR'S CUT from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (NATIONAL TREASURE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, PEARL HARBOR). Never-before-seen footage adds fuel to this already high-octane action hit starring Nicolas Cage, Robert Duvall, and sexy Angelina Jolie. A legendary car booster (Cage) thought he'd left the fast lane behind him until he's forced out of retirement to save his kid brother from the wrath of an evil mobster. It's nothing less than a full-throttle race to pull off the ultimate car heist: 50 exotic beauties in 24 hours -- and the cops are already onto them!
This explosive action-thriller from director Dominic Sena (KALIFORNIA) and writer Scott Rosenberg (CON AIR) features enough car chases for 10 movies. Nicolas Cage plays a reformed car thief who must steal 50 cars virtually overnight in order to save his brother's (Giovanni Ribisi) life. He seeks out Robert Duvall and Angelina Jolie, among others, to do the impossible. Fasten your seat belts for this pulse-pounding thrill ride, compliments of producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The car Memphis Raines refers to as Eleanor is a 1967 Shelby GT 350 Mustang. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer bought the original car used in the film.
This film is a remake of H.B."Toby" Halicki's 1974 low-budget movie of the same name, which featured the crashing of 90 cars in the last 40 minutes. Halicki died during filming of a sequel to his original film.
The film's cast learned how to break into and steal cars from actual convicted car thieves. By the end of production, star Angelina Jolie boasted she could steal any car in a matter of minutes.
GONE IN 60 SECONDS is the third collaboration between star Cage and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, following 1996's THE ROCK and 1997's CON AIR.
This film is only the second film made by director Dominic Sena, after 1994's KALIFORNIA.