Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones and Will Patton. The film was 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.
Directed by Dominic Sena
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson, Denice Shakarian Halicki
Written by H.B. Halicki (Original film), Scott Rosenberg
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Delroy Lindo, Will Patton, Christopher Eccleston, Chi McBride, Robert Duvall, Eleanor
Music by Ian Ball, Trevor Rabin
Cinematography: Paul Cameron
Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s): June 9, 2000, (June 7, 2005 (Director’s cut))
Country: United States
Budget: $90 million
Box office: $237,202,298
Plot: Retired master car thief Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) is forced to return to Long Beach, California and his former trade to steal 50 cars in 72 hours for British crime boss Raymond “The Carpenter” Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). Calitri is threatening to kill Memphis’s younger brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) after Kip and his associates failed to make the deadline to deliver the stolen cars. Memphis quickly reassembles his old crew including his mentor Otto (Robert Duvall), former girlfriend Sway (Angelina Jolie), former colleagues Donny (Chi McBride) and Sphinx (Vinnie Jones). Raines also reluctantly agrees to allow Kip and his crew to participate after being told by Otto that the job would be impossible without them.
L.A.P.D. Detectives Roland Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) and Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant) get wind of Raines’s return to town and begin investigating. Raines and his crew must steal all 50 cars and get them to the Long Beach Docks. The crew need to steal all the cars in one night so that the police won’t be on to the thefts until it’s too late. As the thefts begin, the plan is changed midstream when Castlebeck learns the identity of three cars to be stolen and stakes them out. Recognizing the police surveillance, Raines instead brazenly steals three alternate cars from a police lot.
After discovering the list of cars to be stolen, Castlebeck predicts that Memphis will save the 1967 Shelby GT500 codenamed Eleanor, for last. Memphis had unsuccessfully tried to steal the same model car numerous times in the past but each attempt ended badly. When Detective Castlebeck catches Memphis in the act of stealing Eleanor a high-speed chase ensues through Long Beach. The chase ends when Raines jumps the car over a traffic jam on the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
Memphis arrives at Calitri’s salvage yard 12 minutes after the deadline. Calitri and Memphis argue over the deadline and the condition of the car, which sustained damage during the police chase. Calitri decides to make an example out of Memphis and orders his men to kill Raines and crush the car. Memphis manages to break free with the help of Atley Jackson (Will Patton) and Kip, and confronts Calitri himself. Calitri is interrupted from killing Raines by the arrival of Castlebeck, who has learned of Memphis’s true reasons for pulling the job. Memphis manages to kill Calitri by pushing him over a railing. Castlebeck, indebted to Raines for saving his life, lets Memphis go. In return Memphis tells him where the stolen cars are.
The film ends at a barbecue held by Raines’s crew in celebration of the success of the job. As a token of his gratitude, Kip presents Memphis with a pair of keys in a small box. As Memphis is wondering what the keys are for, Otto invites everyone inside. Memphis realizes that Kip bought a rusty old Mustang for him to restore as his own. Memphis is worried that Kip stole the car but is assured that Kip actually sold his chopper to buy it. The film ends with Memphis and Sway driving off in the car, which instantly stalls.
* Nicolas Cage as Randall “Memphis” Raines
* Giovanni Ribisi as “Kip” Raines
* Angelina Jolie as Sara “Sway” Wayland
* Robert Duvall as Otto Halliwell
* Delroy Lindo as Det. Roland Castlebeck
* Timothy Olyphant as Det. Drycoff
* Will Patton as Atley Jackson
* Chi McBride as Donny Astricky
* Vinnie Jones as “Sphinx”
* Christopher Eccleston as Raymond “The Carpenter” Calitri
* Scott Caan as “Tumbler”
* T.J. Cross as “Mirror Man”
* William Lee Scott as Toby
* James Duval as “Freb”
* Frances Fisher as Junie Halliwell
* Grace Zabriskie as Helen Raines
* Carmen Argenziano as Detective Mayhew
* Bodhi Elfman as “Fuzzy” Frizzel
* Arye Gross as James Lakewood
* Michael Pe?a as Ignacio
* Master P. as Johnny B. (Uncredited)
* Eleanor as Eleanor (car)
In its opening weekend, Gone in 60 Seconds grossed $25,336,048 from 3,006 US theaters, leading all films that weekend. By the end of the film’s theatrical run, it had grossed $101,648,571 domestically and $135,553,728 internationally, comprising a total gross revenue for the film of $237,202,299 worldwide.
Though the film earned a $237 million worldwide box office gross, Slate columnist Edward Epstein argued that, after overhead, it lost roughly $90 million after all expenses, including the $103.3 million it cost to make the film, were taken into account over the four years following the film’s release.
Soundtrack: A soundtrack containing a blend of rock, electronic and hip hop music was released on June 6, 2000 by the Island Def Jam Music Group. It peaked at #69 on the Billboard 200.
Critical reception: The film garnered a mostly poor reaction from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 25% out of 134 reviews gave the film a positive review, with the site consensus being: “Even though Oscar-bearers Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duvall came aboard for this project, the quality of Gone in 60 Seconds is disappointingly low. The plot line is nonsensical, and even the promised car-chase scenes are boring.”
In 1995, Denice Shakarian Halicki entered into a license contract to produce the remake with Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer for the film Gone in 60 Seconds. Filming began in 1999, with Halicki as Executive Producer. The movie premiered on June 5, 2000.
The popularity of the original film and car character star Eleanor, lead to Eleanor reprising her starring role and popularity in the remake as a custom 1967 Mustang. A number of car shops started to produce the Copyrighted Character “Eleanor” image & trademark name and Denice Halicki again had to resort to legal action to protect the trademark and the copyrighted Eleanor’s image. In 2008, Halicki won a case against Carroll Shelby, who had been selling “Eleanor” using Eleanor’s Trademark name and Copyrighted image.
2008 Appeal court states that remake Eleanor is copyrighted Character and that includes her image.
In 2010 Denice Shakarian Halicki won Eleanor’s Trademark Name and Copyrighted Image court judgment CV08-0351(JTLx) against Edward Monfort/Roneale LLC for copyright and trademark infringement the copyrighted Eleanor’s character’s image. The Eleanor replicas were call Roneale, Eleanor spelled backwards. In the appeal case and this case the courts deemed that Eleanor’s image and not just Eleanor’s name is protected under the law.
Director’s Cut: On June 7, 2005, a Director’s Cut version of the film was released on DVD. It ran for 9 extra minutes and featured scenes not included in the original cut.
Some of the differences include:
* Different dialogue in the opening Porsche race scene
* A longer conversation between Atley Jackson and Memphis
* Instead of Kip making breakfast for Memphis, an alternate scene is shown where Kip grabs a beer from the fridge and goes to sleep as Memphis is trying to talk to him
* The scene where Memphis tries to get Otto’s help is extended
* The scene where Kip offers to help out with the job is also extended
* There is a small scene where Memphis talks to Atley about the probability of meeting the deadline on time
* The scene where Det. Castlebeck comes to Otto’s garage is extended
* The Ferrari boost scene includes an extended conversation between Memphis and Kip
* The car chase is longer
* The final BBQ scene is extended
* Some scenes also include music not included in the original version of the movie
* The Director’s Cut includes different menus; however, the special features remain the same as those included in the original version