Gone in Sixty Seconds

Synopsis: Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible.
Director(s): Dominic Sena
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  9 wins & 6 nominations.
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118 min



The streets are empty. Low fog skims the sidewalks below a gray stew

of a sky. It's slightly fuzzy, slightly surreal. The vast Port of Los

Angeles is visible in the b.g... No cars parked here ... No cars

except -


Silver with deep grill, its sculptured side panels ending in air

scoops ... All cock and balls, it stands alone in the lonely cool

before dawn ... An old-school totem to speed and style... And then

SOMEONE approaches...

Through the mists of morning ... In leather coat and jack boots ...

He's early 30s, with the vaguely whimsical confidence of a shimmer

that refuses to fade ...

This is RANDALL RAINES, whom they call MEMPHIS - though know one's

quite sure why ... But they do know he's the auto-boost in Southern

California ...

Memphis approaches the Mustang with a gathering awe ... Like a desert

crash survivor coming upon an oasis ... He walks around it ...

Admiring it ... Adoring it ...

But then a FIREBIRD pulls up alongside him. Its driver -

ATLEY JACKSON, early 30s, handsome, jocular leans out for:


You gonna steal her or kneel down to

her and pray -- ?

Memphis looks at him, still enthralled...


I know, I know ... It's Eleanor ...

Just take her, slick. - -

And Atley drives off slowly, Memphis looks this way and that ...

No one about ... He removes a SLIM JIM from a deep pocket in his

coat... He slims the door panel ... Pops the button ... opens the

door ...

Watch him work. Quick as shit. A SCREWDRIVER appears another

pocket ... He pops the BUTTERFLY to the IGNITION

A RATCHET appears... He strips the mechanism... Now a GIZMO - a,small

socket-like device - is pressed into the

ignition ... A twist of the wrist ... And the 320-bhp 289 V8 rumbles

like a jackhammer. The whole thing took 20 seconds.

He takes a cassette TAPE from another pocket ... Slaps it into the

deck. Bruce Springsteen's "Ramrod" wails from the coaxials.

And Memphis floors it... And off they tear...

The look on his face suggests a supreme satisfaction ... A grand

re-awakening of long-dormant pleasure centers ... A speed Jones,

fixed and fumy ...

He slots in behind Atley Jackson's Firebird ... And slotting in

behind Memphis, in a Z-28, is DONNY ASTRICKY, mid-30s ...

On they go ... The fore and aft car providing escort...

Except that, from seemingly out of nowhere --


appears behind them...

And Donny instantly goes into diversionary tactic ... He races

through a STOP SIGN ... And the cruiser's bubbles flash on ... And

Donny is pulled-over ... Atley and Memphis drive on in their

respective vehicles...

The UNIFORM COP gets out of his car, goes to Donny.


Problem, Officer?


Yes. You're under arrest -- ?


For running a stop sign?


For Grand Theft Auto -

And off of Donny's look --

We go to Memphis in the Shelby... As FOUR CRUISERS comes speeding

toward him, sirens wailing...

QUICK SHOTS of Memphis racing the Shelby through the early morning

harbor town streets ... Sirens peel ... Memphis turns up the music

... Pins the gas ... The chase is on ...

Memphis maneuvers the Mustang with a dazzling aplomb... Memphis

gutterballing the car, skating the shoulder, the cops in heavy

pursuit ...

And now he's picked up another CRUISER... He passes Atley Jackson,

heading in the opposite direction... Atley has picked-up a pair of

cruisers himself ...

Memphis on a straightaway now, speeds up, feels the boost. But up

ahead, a ROADBLOCK has formed... How'd they get that deployed so

fast? And behind him, the unmarks blaze ...

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Scott Rosenberg

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is an American film, television, and comic book producer. He is the chairman of Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls a library of comic-book characters and adapts them for film, television and other media. He is also the former founder and president of Malibu Comics, and is a former senior executive vice president for Marvel Comics. more…

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