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Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)


Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage), a retired master car thief, 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), who has a strange hobby of making wooden furniture, including coffins. Raymond is threatening to kill Memphis’ younger brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), in his car compactor, after Kip and his associates did not 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), and some of his younger brother’s associates.

With LAPD Detective Roland Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) and his partner, Detective Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant), breathing down his neck, Memphis decides to steal all the cars in one night to avoid tipping off the cops. Stealing the cars en masse the night before the deadline, Memphis is forced to change the plan midstream when he realizes Detective Castlebeck is onto them, deciding to steal three of the cars from the police impound lot.

Discovering the ‘shopping list’ from Kip’s earlier job, Castlebeck predicts that Memphis will save one particular car, the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500, or codename “Eleanor”, for last; Memphis had unsuccessfully tried to steal the car numerous times. When he catches Memphis in the act of stealing it, a high-speed chase ensues through Long Beach. This concludes with a high-speed jump over a traffic jam on the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

When Memphis arrives at Calitri’s salvage yard with the final car, 12 minutes after the deadline, Calitri condemns Memphis for the poor condition of the car (the Shelby had sustained severe damage during the jump; its right rearview mirror was snapped and the front bumper broken in half), before deciding to have his henchmen kill Memphis. As a bonus, he decides to crush the Shelby in front of Memphis. (The car later escapes, severely damaged).

Memphis manages to break free of Calitri’s henchmen with the help of his ally Attly 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’ true reasons for pulling the job. Memphis manages to kill Calitri by pushing him over the railing of the third floor and breaks his neck, ironically on the cofffin he made which he was planning to put Memphis in after he was killed, just as he’s about to shoot Detective Castlebeck. Castlebeck then lets Memphis go free for saving his life, and Memphis tells him where the stolen cars are.

The film ends at a barbecue held by Raines’ crew in celebration of the success of the job. As a token of his gratitude, Kip presents Memphis with an old rusty Shelby GT500 for him to restore as his own. The film ends with Memphis and Sway driving off in the rusty Shelby GT500.


Official Sites:

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc [United States] |





Release Date:

9 June 2000 (USA)

Also Known As:

60 segundos

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,336,048 (USA) (11 June 2000) (3006 Screens)


$231,126,000 (Worldwide) (2000)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Technical Specs


118 min  | USA: 127 min (director’s cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS  | Dolby Digital  | SDDS

Did You Know?

Angelina Jolie, Delroy Lindo, Giovanni Ribisi, and Scott Caan were also trained in stunt driving by Bobby Ore, albeit not as extensively as Nicolas Cage.

During the scene where Sphinx and Mirror Man are stealing the HumVee 2-Door Pickup, it was not originally scripted for the police car to fall off of the ramp. Vinnie Jones had pushed the stunt driver just a little off of the ramp but did not have enough room to drive the HumVee past. He gave it a little more gas and the HumVee smashed the car off the ramp. In the elevator afterwards Jones said to the stuntman, “That’ll teach ya!”

While only basic plot elements are shared with the original Gone in 60 Seconds, one is the location of the last car. Eleanor, a classic Mustang (a 1973 model in the original, a 1967 in the remake), was parked at the International Towers in Long Beach.

When Mirror Man is talking to the clerk at the police impound yard, a sign can be seen in the background that reads “If you leave your car unlocked it will be Gone in Sixty Seconds”. This same sign was used in the original 1974 version of the movie.

The ultra-rare McLaren F1 was originally supposed to be in the movie, but after the producers couldn’t get their hands on one it was replaced with another supercar, the Jaguar XJ220.

The list of cars, with their codenames, is as follows: (Note: Some of the codenames listed here do not correlate with what is actually said in the movie as each car arrives, for an explanation of this phenomenon, please see “goofs” for this film)

  • 1 1999 Aston Martin DB7 – Mary
  • 2 1962 Aston Martin DB1 – 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 ETC (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 Big Block – Stacey
  • 14 2000 Ford F350 4×4 modified pick-up – Anne
  • 15 1971 DeTomaso Pantera – Kate
  • 16 1969 Dodge Daytona – Vanessa
  • 17 1998 Dodge Viper Coupe GTS – Denise
  • 18 1995 Ferrari 355 B – Diane
  • 19 1997 Ferrari 355 F1 – Iris
  • 20 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 – Nadine
  • 21 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Angelina
  • 22 1987 Ferrari Testarosa – Rose
  • 23 1956 Ford T-Bird – Susan
  • 24 2000 GMC Yukon – Megan
  • 25 1999 HumVee 2-Door Pickup – Tracy
  • 26 1999 Infiniti Q45 – Rachel
  • 27 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 – Bernadene
  • 28 1999 Jaguar XK8 Coupe – Deborah
  • 29 1990 Lamborghini Diablo – Gina
  • 30 1999 Lexus LS 400 – Hillary
  • 31 1999 Lincoln Navigator – Kimberley
  • 32 1957 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 Speedster – Natalie
  • 43 1988 Porsche 959 – Virginia
  • 44 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo – Tanya
  • 45 2000 Rolls Royce Stretch Limousine – Grace
  • 46 1966 Shelby AC Cobra – Ashley
  • 47 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 – Eleanor
  • 48 2000 Toyota Landcruiser – Cathy
  • 49 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo – Lynn
  • 50 2000 Volvo Turbo Wagon R – Lisa

The scene in the movie where the whole crew has to get the detective (Delroy Lindo) to blow away drug evidence with a car’s exhaust, is the one portion of the film that is virtually identical to the original Gone in 60 Seconds. Though it was completely extraneous with regards to the 1974 film’s plot, this scene is not “completely extraneous” to the plot of the 2000 film. This scene is where the detective spots a list of police call signs on a table as he walks around the Cadillac that lets him know that Memphis will be stealing the cars that night.

After some disagreements with the director about re-writing process, Scott Rosenberg left the project. The writers Jonathan Hensleigh and J.J. Abrams came in and did uncredited re-write on the script.

In one of the earlier drafts of the script, it included various things from Gone in 60 Seconds. For example, Memphis puts on a disguise that makes him look like an old man when he goes to steal Eleanor (the same way the lead character in the original did). Also, the reason why Sphinx was called Sphinx was because he originally was written to have no nose (similar to the famous structure in Egpyt), and that he had a pair of glasses that added on a fake nose that he wore only during the overnight boost.

Cinema Vehicle Services actually produced 12 different “Eleanors” for use in the production of this film. None of the 12 were actual Shelby Mustangs but converted standard 1967 Mustang fastbacks. Of those cars, seven survived the filming in various states of repair. A 13th Eleanor, based on a real 1967 Shelby GT500 was prepared by Cinema Vehicle Services for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, but that car did not appear in the film.

Seven Eleanor replicas were made for use in this movie. Five of them were totaled during stunt sequences. Nicolas Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer kept the remaining two. Cage regularly takes Eleanor out for joy rides while Bruckheimer is afraid of driving her.

Nicolas Cage did most of his own stunt driving for the film. He attended the Bondurant Driving School in Phoenix, Arizona, Willow Springs (another car driving school), and the Bobby Ore Stunt Driving School in preparation for the film. He liked the race car driving school so much that he continued to pursue it as a hobby after shooting was completed.

Christopher Eccleston did not actually have his drivers license during the shoot. He did not choose to take the drivers test until several years after the film was released.

The motorcycle that Sway rides in the movie when she offers to help is a 1999 MV Agusta Serie ORO (Gold Series). It’s one of only 300 produced worldwide, with a 750cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine which produces 125 hp and a top speed +175 mph.

In some Greek theaters, the title was translated to “Come in 60 Seconds”.



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