When you consider what finely-tuned machines trendy motion film productions are, it is nuts to consider how the unique “Gone in 60 Seconds” got here collectively. The movie was written, directed, produced, and financed by Lengthy Seaside, California junkyard proprietor H.B. Halicki, with an extremely bare-bones script and a solid made up of associates, household, and different non-Hollywood varieties. All of that, nevertheless, is simply an excuse for a fully wild quantity of automotive madness, together with a 40-minute chase sequence that wrecked 93 vehicles and nonetheless ranks as certainly one of movie historical past’s longest. We’re speaking about skin-of-your-teeth filmmaking, right here, however the finish result’s simply absolute mayhem that blew up the field workplace by the requirements of its time.
There are numerous moments in Halicki’s opus that reside rent-free within the minds of followers of car-based stunts, however the one that almost all stands out is the soar on the finish of the aforementioned epic chase. The movie’s function automotive, a 1973 Ford Mustang named “Eleanor,” executes a 128-foot soar that reaches an altitude of 30 ft, all with out using pistons, boosters, and, after all, CGI. Halicki, who starred in and did a ton of driving for the film along with the whole lot behind the scenes, was behind the wheel for the soar, and reportedly compressed 10 vertebrae in performing it.