Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 remake of a 1974 film of the same name. Starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, this remake revolved around a group of car thieves who attempted to steal 50 cars in one night.
- Randall 'Memphis' Raines - Nicolas Cage
- Sara 'Sway' Wayland - Angelina Jolie
- Atley Jackson - Will Patton
- Kip Raines - Giovanni Ribisi
- Otto Halliwell - Robert Duvall
- Donny Astricky - Chi McBride
- Sphinx - Vinnie Jones
- Det. Roland Castlebeck - Delroy Lindo
- Toby - William Lee Scott
- Tumbler - Scott Caan
- Freb - James Duval
- Mirror Man - TJ Cross
- Raymond Vincent Calitri - Christopher Eccleston
- Helen Raines - Grace Zabriskie
Randall 'Memphis' Raines was an extremely successful car thief; his whole motivation for stealing cars was for the thrill and the ride. However, the nature of his chosen profession soon caught up with him, as friends were soon ending up in prison or even being killed. It was his mother - who was worried that his younger brother, Kip, would follow in his footsteps - who finally pushed Memphis to give up his life of crime and leave everything and everybody behind.
Car theft in the Long Beach area was reduced by 47% when Memphis walked away from his life of stealing cars. Some years later he is forced back into the business when his brother, Kip, takes an order for 50 exotic cars from a ruthless crime lord, Raymond Calitri. When Kip fails to deliver, Memphis is forced to take on the order to save his brother's life, and is given 72 hours to deliver the cars: a task that is seemingly impossible.
Memphis pays a visit to an old friend, Otto, hoping that he might help with his problem. However, even with the help of Otto, Memphis finds it hard to get enough of his old crew together. Many are either in prison or dead, but he does eventually manage to get a handful of people to help him. Together with Kip's own younger crew, he sets out to steal all 50 cars in one night.
Close on his heel is his old nemesis, Detective Castle Beck. Beck had always felt that not catching Memphis when he had the chance was like a big stain on his career. Their initial meeting ends with Beck warning Memphis that if he so much as uses '...an aerosol can in a manner other than directed', he will find himself on the wrong side of the law.
List of the 50 Cars
- 1999 Aston Martin DB7 - Mary
- 1962 Aston Martin DB1 - Barbara
- 1999 Bentley Arnage - Lindsey
- 1999 Bentley Azure - Laura
- 1964 Bentley Continental - Alma
- 1959 Cadillac El Dorado - Madeline
- 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham - Patricia
- 1999 Cadillac Escalade - Carol
- 2000 Cadillac El Dorado STS - Daniela
- 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - Stefanie
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - Erin
- 1953 Chevrolet Corvette - Pamela
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Big Block - Stacey
- 2000 Ford F350 4x4 modified pick-up - Anne
- 1971 DeTomaso Pantera - Kate
- 1969 Dodge Daytona - Vanessa
- 1998 Dodge Viper Coupe GTS - Denise
- 1995 Ferrari 355 B - Diane
- 1997 Ferrari 355 F1 - Iris
- 1967 Ferrari 265 GTB4 - Nadine
- 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Angelina
- 1987 Ferrari Testarosa - Rose
- 1956 Ford T-Bird - Susan
- 2000 GMC Yukon - Megan
- 1999 HumVee 2-Door Pickup - Tracy
- 1999 Infiniti Q45 - Rachel
- 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 - Bernadene
- 1999 Jaguar XK8 Coupe - Deborah
- 1990 Lamborghini LM SUV - Gina
- 1999 Lexus LS 400 - Hillary
- 1999 Lincoln Navigator - Kimberley
- 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL/Gullwing - Dorothy
- 1999 Mercedes Benz CL 500 - Donna
- 1999 Mercedes Benz S 600 - Samantha
- 1998 Mercedes Benz SL 600 - Ellen
- 1950 Mercury Custom - Gabriela
- 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - Shannon
- 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner - Jessica
- 1965 Pontiac GTO - Sharon
- 1999 Porsche 996 - Tina
- 2000 Porsche Boxster - Marsha
- 1961 Porsche Speedster - Natalie
- 1988 Porsche 959 - Virginia
- 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo - Tanya
- 2000 Rolls Royce Stretch Limousine - Grace
- 1966 Shelby AC Cobra - Ashley
- 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 - Eleanor (see further details below).
- 2000 Toyota Landcruiser - Cathy
- 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo - Lynn
- 2000 Volvo Turbo Wagon R - Lisa
With all 50 cars identified, Memphis and his crew of youngsters and seasoned veterans sets out to fill Calitri's order. However, Beck is close on their tails, and after receiving some information on three of the cars that may be targeted, Beck sets up a sting to catch Memphis. But Memphis's years of experience - and a bit of blind luck - leads to a failed sting operation and a rather embarrassed detective.
With 49 cars stolen, there is just the one car left to go, the 1967 GT500 Ford/Shelby Mustang - 'Eleanor' - A car that Memphis had attempted to steal in the past, but failed. The car is Memphis's Unicorn1.
With just one hour left to go and the police seemingly clueless, there appears to be nothing that can stop Memphis from saving his brother. However, just as he pulls out of the underground garage in the '67 Mustang, Beck suddenly appears and a chase begins through busy streets, dockland areas and even a seemingly impossible jump on a bridge.
The chase is starting to eat up time and before Memphis can deliver the final car, time runs out. Calitri calls Atley Jackson to tell him to bring Kip to him. Jackson is now stuck in a dilemma, on one hand he is one of Memphis' oldest friends and on the other, he faces the wrath of his new boss. It doesn't take him long to decide though and he decides to lie to Calitri, telling him that Kip has evaded him. Calitri doesn't seem to bothered though and decides that one brother is as good as the other, turning his attention to Memphis.
The Tables Are Turned
When Memphis finally delivers the 50th car, he attempts to haggle with Calitri over the price, but is unsuccessful and Calitri orders his men to kill Memphis. Just as Calitri's men are about to carry out his orders, Memphis is saved by Jackson and his brother.
Memphis goes in search of Calitri, with the intention of killing him. As he hunts down Calitri, Beck suddenly appears. Memphis is seemingly outnumbered, but when Calitri happens across Beck and tries to kill him, Memphis jumps Calitri from behind and pushes him from a high platform, killing Calitri and saving Beck. Beck is now faced with a moral dilemma, on one hand Memphis is guilty of grand theft auto, on the other, he has just saved his life. Beck eventually decides to let Memphis go and Memphis repays his kindness by telling Beck where the stolen cars are.
Learning a Lesson
If his unpleasant wounding has in some way enlightened the rest of you as to the grim finish below the glossy veneer of criminal life and inspired you to change your ways, then his injuries carry with it an inherent nobility and a supreme glory. We should all be so fortunate. You say poor Toby? I say poor us.
- Sphinx's only line in the entire movie.
The movie ends with the group having a barbeque outside Otto's garage. During the movie one of Kip's group - Toby - is shot. He is only injured, but the thought of friends getting shot is enough and after Sphinx's words of wisdom, the entire group seem more than happy to retire from the car theft business for good.
Love & The Chase
During the movie we see Memphis trying to renew an old relationship with Sway. Sway was Memphis's girlfriend back when he was in his height, but when he decided to leave, she decided to stay behind.
When Memphis initially asks Sway to help him, she turns him down. But after some thought, she is eventually persuaded. During the course of the film, we get to see them relighting the spark of their relationship, leading to some quite flirtatious scenes between the two - 'leather, pink underwear and high heels'. By the end of the film, the two are seemingly back together and starting out on a new relationship.
Eleanor - The Real Star
The Mustangs used in the film are remodelled 1967 Mustangs which hold a few secrets. The biggest secret of all is that out of the 12 cars used, not one of them is actually a Shelby or a 1967.
The worry for the film makers was they had 49 top of the range cars and they needed a car that would outshine all of them. Their initial decision to choose the Mustang was undoubtedly meant as a tribute to the car used in the original 1974 movie. However, the Mach 1 used in the original just didn't have the 'umph' they wanted. So they decided on the '67 Mustang. Even then they thought it needed a little face lift. Adjustments included functional side pipes, mag rims, sport tires, a hood scoop and of course the famous paint work.
Another key aspect was the engine. In this case what you heard wasn't what you saw. The sound of the engine was dubbed using an original '67 500 horse power 428 GT 500 Mustang.
One would start to think that the whole car is a bit of a lie. However, you can now purchase authorised 'Eleanor' body kits and with the engine already a part of the car, one would soon have their very own version of, what is, 'probably the sexiest car in the world'.
The name 'Eleanor' was given during this film. It was a code that the car thieves used to describe each car. Therefore Eleanor was the '67 Mustang. Due to the success of the film and the car, owners of '67 Mustangs wanted their cars to look like Eleanor. Carroll Shelby gave his own stamp of approval and Mustang owners were soon driving their very own replica of Eleanor. The name is also commonly used now to refer to this make and model of car.
In many cases Nicolas Cage did a lot of the stunt driving scenes himself. He had studied at the Bondurant Driving School in Pheonix in preparation for the movie. He enjoyed the school so much, that he continued to take lessons as a hobby after the film was completed.