Gone in Sixty Seconds

USA 2000

Reviewed by Xan Brooks


Our synopses give away the plot in full, including surprise twists.

Los Angeles, the present. Reformed car thief Randall 'Memphis' Raines has been straight for six years. However, when his wild younger brother Kip bungles a job stealing cars for British crime boss Calitri, Randall agrees to fill Calitri's order by stealing 50 luxury cars in four days. To meet his target, he ropes in former cohort Otto, old flame Sway and heavy-man Sphinx. But Randall finds his progress impeded by rival car thief Donny and local detective Roland Castlebeck.

Randall's team spend three days ascertaining the whereabouts of their shopping list of 50 "ladies". On the final night, they begin rounding them up from locations around the city. In the course of their crime spree, they deliver Donny's gang into the hands of the cops and spirit three Mercedes from the LAPD compound. But Randall leaves the most valuable car on the list, a 1967 Ford Mustang, until last. Spotted by Castlebeck stealing this Mustang, Randall evades squad vehicles and a police helicopter to drop off the car, slightly damaged in the chase, with Calitri. Calitri, though, reneges on the deal and tries to kill both Randall and Kip. Castlebeck turns up, intent on arresting Randall. In the subsequent shoot-out, Randall saves Castlebeck's life and Calitri falls to his death. The detective allows Randall to go free and retrieves all the stolen cars bar one. Randall and Sway ride off in the road-worn Ford Mustang.


Stephen King once memorably dismissed his best-selling horror novels as the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. If King has a cinematic cousin, it must surely be producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Working with the late Don Simpson, Bruckheimer served us such mass-market treats as Top Gun and Days of Thunder; solo he's responsible for The Rock, Con Air and now this big-budget overhaul of director H. B. Halik's obscure 1974 B-movie. The title Gone in Sixty Seconds refers to the time it takes to 'boost' a locked vehicle - Nicholas Cage's car thief is given four days to steal 50 luxury cars - but it could just as easily apply to how long the movie sticks in the memory afterwards.

The fact that Gone in Sixty Seconds is junk food, then, is hardly news. What's notable is just what pallid fare it proves to be. While The Rock and Con Air moved with a certain dunderheaded intensity, Gone in Sixty Seconds runs on auto-pilot throughout: its direction by Dominic Sena (Kalifornia) offers slick ad-land emptiness, its plot rings no changes on the one-last-heist cliché and its characters are so stock as to verge on parody.

The screenplay by Scott Rosenberg (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) is at its most contrived when introducing us to lead characters: Randall 'Memphis' Raines (Cage) is "the best booster in the world, but I dunno if he's gonna make this one", while Christopher Eccleston's villainous crime lord is "bad - really bad". Old war horse Otto (Robert Duvall), meanwhile, is "all about second chances", and Raines' wayward brother Kip "met up with some bad people and he changed - he lost that sweetness." What makes such threadbare character development all the more insulting is that Gone in Sixty Seconds has assembled a war chest of acting talent and then let it idle. Cage and Duvall appear to be playing with one eye on their pay cheques, while Eccleston, having seized the Hollywood dollar, looks abruptly paralysed by self-revulsion.

Most disheartening is the sight of Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie relegated to the dreadlocked sex-object role of Sway. "What do you think is better - having sex or boosting cars?" Sway enquires feebly, as if already anticipating the answer. Pitted against 50 fuel-injected "ladies," the film's flesh-and-blood female characters seem superfluous. Sena's camera skirts hastily over Jolie and lavishes so much love on shots of radiator grills and dashboards you half suspect television's motoring expert Jeremy Clarkson to start providing the voiceover. The car is the star in Gone in Sixty Seconds. Its central love affair is the romance between Randall and Eleanor, the 1967 Mustang he boosts. Its moment of consummation takes the form of a squealing cannonball run through the streets of LA. In the film's dying seconds, a blissed-out Randall takes permanent possession of Eleanor and noses her out towards the open highway. Almost as an afterthought, he lets Sway ride shotgun.


Dominic Sena
Jerry Bruckheimer
Mike Stenson
Scott Rosenberg
Based on the motion picture Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Director of Photography
Paul Cameron
Tom Muldoon
Chris Lebenzon
Production Designer
Jeff Mann
Trevor Rabin
©Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc.
Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present
Executive Producers
Jonathan Hensleigh
Chad Oman
Barry Waldman
Denise Shakarian Halicki
Robert Stone
Webster Stone
Associate Producers
Pat Sandston
Aris McGarry
Production Supervisor
Diane L. Sabatini
Production Co-ordinators
Trevor Waterson
2nd Unit:
Page Rosenberg-Marvin
Unit Production Manager
Barry Waldman
Supervising Location Manager
Laura Sode-Matteson
Location Managers
Rick Schuler
Valerie Kim
Stephen Mapel
Post-production Co-ordinator
Shannon Wynne
2nd Unit Director
Philip C. Pfeiffer
Assistant Directors
Steve Danton
David H. Venghaus Jr
Philip L. Hardage
2nd Unit:
Lisa C. Satriano
Nick Satriano
Script Supervisors
Susan Malerstein-Watkins
2nd Unit:
Susan Bierbaum
Victoria Thomas
ADR Voice:
Barbara Harris
Kim Coleman
Wendy Weidman
Central Casting:
Jimmy Jue
Central Casting Associate:
Jennifer Syrup
Script Co-ordinator
Gary Rieck
2nd Unit Director of Photography
Philip C. Pfeiffer
2nd Unit Additional Photography
Chris Moseley
Camera Operators
James Muro
Chris Moseley
2nd Unit:
Don Reddy
Joseph Valentine
Steadicam Operator
James Muro
Visual Effects Supervisor
Boyd Shermis
Visual Effects
The Secret Lab
Asylum Visual Effects
Special Effects Co-ordinator
Mike Meinardus
Graphic Designer
David E. Scott
Film Editor
Roger Barton
Additional Editor
Joel Negrõn
Visual Effects Editor
Paisley Pappé
Art Directors
Stacey Litoff-Mann
Andrew Laws
Set Designers
Greg Hooper
Eric Sundahl
Fanée Aaron
Mariko Braswell
Stacey Byers
Set Decorator
Don Diers
Jim Bandsuh
James Doh
Storyboard Artist
Ted Boonthanakit
Costume Designer
Marlene Stewart
Costume Supervisor
Nick Scarano
Department Head:
Julie Pearce
Key Artist:
Randy Westgate
2nd Unit, Key:
Patricia Androff
Make-up Effects
Matthew Mungle
Clinton Wayne
Department Head:
Mary L. Mastro
Matt Danon
2nd Unit, Key:
Sheryl Blum
Title Design
Robert Dawson
Main Titles/Digital Opticals
Asylum Visual Effects
End Title Opticals
Custom Film Effects
Additional Music
Paul Linford
Tim Heintz
Score Conductor/
Gordon Goodwin
Music Supervisors
Kathy Nelson
Bob Badami
Supervising Music Editor
Will Kaplan
Score Recordist
Steve Kempster
"Flower" - Moby; "Busy Child" - Crystal Method; "Machismo" - Gomez; "You Won't Fall" - Lori Carson; "Folsom Prison Blues" - Johnny Cash; "Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)", contains a sample of "El Bluebird" - John Benson Brooks Trio; "Rap", "If Everybody Looked the Same" - Groove Armada; "Too Sick to Pray" - A3; "Low Rider" - War; "Down" - BT; "Roll All Day" - Ice Cube; "Da Rockwilder" - Method Man, Redman; "Leave Home" - The Chemical Brothers; "Shine on Me" - Torch Song; "Party Up" - DMX; "Been Caught Stealing" - Jane's Addiction; "Sugarless" - Caviar, contains a sample of "Pretty Ballerina" - The Left Banke; "Ride On Josephine" - George Thorogood and The Destroyers; "Painted on My Heart" - The Cult; "Brick House"
Production Sound Mixer
Peter Devlin
Re-recording Sound Mixers
Kevin O'Connell
Greg P. Russell
Dan Sharp
Fred W. Peck III
Additional Re-recording
Jeffrey Haboush
Bill W. Benton
Supervising Sound Editor
George Watters II
Sound Editors
R.J. Palmer
F. Hudson Miller
Suhail Kafity
Gary Wright
Adam Kopald
David Arnold
Piero Mura
Todd Toon
Supervising Dialogue Editor
Teri E. Dorman
Dialogue Editors
Karen Spangenberg
Marshall Winn
Carin Rogers
Special Sound Effects
John P. Fasal
Rick Canelli
Thomas J. O'Connell
Supervising Editor:
Juno J. Ellis
Denise Horta
Stephen Janisz
Dan O'Connell
John Cucci
Linda Lew
James Ashwill
Supervising Editor:
Victoria Martin
Matthew Harrison
James Likowski
Fred Burke
Technical Advisers
Harry Humphries
Jaime Baez
Nomad Productions, Inc
GSGI Law Enforcement Consultants
Michael Mello
David Woofter
Edward W. Clair
Todd D. Taylor
Stunt Co-ordinator
Chuck Picerni Jr
Co-stunt Co-ordinator
Johnny Martin
Aerial Co-ordinator/Helicopter Pilot
Chuck Tamburro
Bill Young Precision Driving Team Co-ordinators
Bill Young
John McKnight
Helicopter Pilot
John Tamburro
Wayne F. Richardson
Nicolas Cage
Randall 'Memphis' Raines
Angelina Jolie
Sara 'Sway' Wayland
Giovanni Ribisi
Kip Raines
Delroy Lindo
Detective Roland Castlebeck
Will Patton
Atley Jackson
Christopher Eccleston
Raymond Calitri
Chi McBride
Donny Astricky
Robert Duvall
Otto Halliwell
Scott Caan
Timothy Olyphant
Detective Drycoff
William Lee Scott
Vinnie Jones
The Sphinx
James Duval
T.J. Cross
Mirror Man
Frances Fisher
Grace Zabriskie
Helen Raines
Mike Owen
kid in rice burner
Jamie Bergman
blonde in drag race
Holiday Hopke
Harry van Gorkum
Grace Una
Jesse Corti
cop at Quality Café
Stephen Shellen
exotic car salesman
Alexandra Balahoutis
DMV clerk
Rainbow Borden
car jacker 1
Victor Manni
Sanjay Pandya
glass house guy
Doria Anselmo
glass house girl
Lois Hall
old woman
Dean Rader Duval
C.J. Picerni
go cart kid
Kevin Weisman
intern 2
Anthony Boswell
Billy Devlin
Detective Jurgens
Bodhi Elfman
Fuzzy Frizzel
Arye Gross
James Lakewood
Greg Collins
San Pedro cop
Cosimo Fusco
adjacent mechanic
Eddie Mui
Billy Moony
Joseph Patrick Kelly
Snake G.R.A.B.
Scott Burkholder
rent a cop
Margaret Kontra Palmer
televangelist wife
Charlene Bloom
swimming girl
Kevin West
intern 1
Billy 'Sly' Williams
Alex Walters
Lombardo Boyar
Angela Tassoni
accident victim
Scott Rosenberg
private doctor
Steve Danton
G.R.A.B. officer 2
Tyler Patton
security guard
Carmen Argenziano
Detective Mayhew
Dan Hildebrand
King Alexander
bar dude
Nick Meaney
Michael A. Pena
Juan Pina
gang banger 2
Tim dezarn
shotgun guy
John Carroll Lynch
impound manager
Doug Bennett
Mel, wrecked driver
Bob Sattler
Trevor Goddard
Master P
Bob Trutwell
Ken Jenkins
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Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011