Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000 film)

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This is about the 2000 film. For the 1974 film, see Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 film)
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Directed by Dominic Sena
Written by H.B. Halicki (1974 motion picture)
Scott Rosenberg (screenplay)
Starring Nicolas Cage
Giovanni Ribisi
Angelina Jolie
Robert Duvall
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Running time 117 min.
Language English
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Gone in Sixty Seconds is a 2000 action film, starring Nicolas Cage, directed by Dominic Sena, and written by Scott Rosenberg. It was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and is a remake of the 1974 H.B. Halicki film Gone in 60 Seconds.

The film concerns a former car thief being forced to return to his former trade and steal fifty cars in one night for a crime boss who is threatening to kill his brother. It stars Nicolas Cage as "Memphis", Angelina Jolie as "Sway", Robert Duvall as Otto, Christopher Eccleston as Raymond Vincent Calitri and the former British association football (soccer) player Vinnie Jones as "The Sphinx". Delroy Lindo plays Detective Roland Castlebeck.


[edit] Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage) was the most accomplished car thief, in Long Beach, California. Six years ago his mother told him to leave town, his life, the city and his girlfriend, Sara "Sway" Wayland, (Angelina Jolie) in order to prevent his brother from following in his footsteps. Car theft in Long Beach declined by 47% in his absence.

Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi) is the younger brother of Memphis. He looked up to his brother and his skill and dreamed of becoming a car thief. While Memphis is away, he makes new connections and becomes the leader of a small yet high profile car theft group. They are recruited for an ambitious job and after stealing a Porsche, Kipp blows his cover in a street race with an import on the way back to the shop. Police spot him speeding while making an arrest and trail him back to their warehouse hideout which they abandon seconds before the police arrive.

Now a car mechanic who runs kiddy go-cart track, reformed Memphis is visited by Atlee, an old friend with bad news. Atlee reveals that Kip has botched the big job for new guy, high end stolen-car broker, Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston), a vicious British kingpin and amateur fine furniture builder, nicknamed "The Carpenter". Memphis speaks with Calitri and tries to negotiate, paying back the $10,000 advance given to Kip for the job. Calitri is insulted and throws the money back at Raines and demands that he complete the $200,000.00, 50 car assignment from a South American client or Kipp would be hunted down and killed. He reveals a coffin that he has built just for Kip.

Memphis agrees at gunpoint while his brother is being crushed in a Firebird before his very eyes. "Eight AM Friday morning the cars are on the boat or your brother's in the coffin" He then begins contacting his old partners, who all at various points, have gone on to getting respectable jobs in society or are dead, which included Sway. Detective Roland Castlebeck, who had made a career of trying to catch Memphis in the act, takes notice of his recent arrival in town and monitors his activity closely with his partner Drycoff. Castlebeck and Drycoff are intent on busting Memphis this time, "You make one slip and I will put you away for good". As Memphis reunites with old friends, he also has to avoid bitter rivals from the past such as Johnny B (Master P), who wants to kill him for taking the big job that he says should have gone to him. He later gets Johnny and his gang arrested getting him out of the way.

After teaming up with Kip's crew, and overcoming a few set backs such as a tip off on the Mercedes, a dog eating some keys, one of the young crew getting shot, a large snake, and a car jacking of a drug dealers car (which that car wasn't on the list), Memphis and his gang succeed in stealing 49 of the 50 cars and placing them in the ships containers, leaving him with only one car left to steal himself-- codenamed Eleanor, a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500. The Shelby Mustang GT 500, which is "Memphis's Unicorn" is a car that Memphis historically had a rough history with as it almost had him killed several times in his lifetime.

While nervously stealing Eleanor, Memphis is ambushed by Castlebeck as he had earlier discovered the original list in Kip's shop and knew Memphis would save the only Eleanor in the area, for last. Memphis succeeds in delivering the last despite Castlebacks high speed pursuit ending in a spectacular jump, but he is late and has damaged it in the chase. Calitri not being pleased, orders Memphis killed and the car shredded without a second thought as the Mustang was not worth shipping.

About to be executed in his brothers place by Calitri's goons, Memphis is saved by Kip and Atlee. Memphis then goes after Calitri while the police are still after him. The tables are turned and Memphis is forced to retreat and hide. Then while hunting Memphis, Calitri spots Castlebeck and is about to kill him. Memphis spots them and chooses to save Castlebeck and sends Calitri plummeting to his death off a catwalk and crashing through his office glass ceiling, and on to the coffin he built for Kip. Castlebeck then realizes Memphis took on the dangerous mission in order to save his brother and had just saved his own life, so he lets Memphis go. Before leaving, Memphis informs Castlebeck of the location of the container ship loaded with the stolen cars.

The next day Memphis celebrates with his friends and Sway at the garage. Kip brings his brother a gift to thank him -- the keys to Eleanor which he bought and had been fixing after it was damaged by the cranes. The sentimental bond between the brothers is emphasized here in that Kip made a sacrifice by selling his motorbike so he could buy the car for his brother instead of stealing it. The proud and excited Memphis drives off with Sway and true to his history with Eleanor, she stalls shortly after leaving the garage. Screen goes to black and Memphis is heard sweet talking Eleanor while the engine is turning over with no response.

Spoilers end here.

[edit] The list of cars

With their codenames (in the remake), is as follows:

  1. 1999 Aston Martin DB7 - Mary
  2. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Barbara
  3. 1999 Bentley Arnage - Lindsey
  4. 1999 Bentley Azure - Laura
  5. 1964 Bentley Continental - Alma
  6. 1959 Cadillac El Dorado - Madeline
  7. 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham - Patricia
  8. 1999 Cadillac Escalade - Carol
  9. 2000 Cadillac El Dorado STS (El Dorado Touring Coupe) - Daniela
  10. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - Stefanie
  11. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - Erin
  12. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette - Pamela
  13. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray L71 or L88 - Olga/Stacey
  14. 1998 4x4 Modified Pickup - Anne
  15. 1971 DeTomaso Pantera - Kate
  16. 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona- Vanessa
  17. 1998 Dodge Viper Coupe GTS - Denise
  18. 1995 Ferrari 355 B - Diane
  19. 1997 Ferrari 355 F1 - Lisa
  20. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 - Laura
  21. 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Angelina
  22. 1987 Ferrari Testarossa - Rose
  23. 1957 Ford T-Bird - Susan (List provided a 1956 Ford Thunderbird)
  24. 2000 GMC Yukon - Tracy
  25. 1999 Infiniti Q45 - Rachel
  26. 1994 Jaguar XJ220 - Bernadine
  27. 1999 Jaguar XJR - Deborah
  28. 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 - Stacey
  29. 1990 Lambo LM SUV - Gina
  30. 1999 Lexus LS 400 - Hillary
  31. 1999 Lincoln Navigator - Kimberley
  32. 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL/Gullwing - Dorothy
  33. 1999 Mercedes Benz CL 500 - Donna
  34. 1999 Mercedes Benz S 600 - Samantha
  35. 1998 Mercedes Benz SL 600 - Ellen
  36. 1950 Mercury Custom - Gabriela
  37. 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda - Shannon
  38. 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner - Jessica
  39. 1965 Pontiac GTO - Sharon
  40. 1999 Porsche 996 - Tina
  41. 2000 Porsche Boxster - Marsha
  42. 1961 Porsche 356B Speedster - Natalie
  43. 1988 Porsche 959 - Virginia
  44. 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo - Tanya
  45. 2000 Rolls-Royce Park Ward Stretch limousine - Grace
  46. 1966 Shelby AC Cobra - Ashley
  47. 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 - Eleanor
  48. 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser - Cathy
  49. 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo - Lynn
  50. 2000 Volvo S80 T6 - Lisa

[edit] Soundtrack

[edit] Soundtrack (score)

  1. Porsche Boost
  2. The Last Car
  3. Keys To Eleanor
  4. 50 Cars
  5. Sphinx
  6. Bad Man
  7. For The Cars
  8. Roundabend
  9. Meet The Team
  10. Memphis Jumps Elle
  11. The Throb
  12. Bad English
  13. Halls Of Dalmorgan
  14. Big Drag
  15. Bad Carma

[edit] Blockbuster or bust?

Though the movie earned a $242 million worldwide box-office gross, after overhead, it lost roughly $90 million after all expenses, including the $103.3 million it cost to make the movie, were taken into account over the next four years as of 2003.[1]

[edit] References

  • "The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood" Edward Jay Epstein, 2005

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