Car movie of the day: ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ (2000)

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Editor’s note: Car guys, and even car girls, can take only so much of those Hallmark holiday movies that fill the airwaves and cable systems this time of year. As an automotive alternative, we’re offering our own suggestions of our favorite car movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out more of our favorite car movies here.


On Saturday, we suggested the original Gone in 60 Seconds film, released in 1974. It followed a man named Maindrian Pace, an insurance agent who moonlit as a car thief.

The 2000 remake of the film uses a different plot line — an aspiring car thief fails to deliver on a huge job and his brother, played by Nicholas Cage, must make up the difference. But the primary storyline is the same as the original: A group of thieves must steal 50 expensive cars at the direction of a crime lord.

Like the original, one of the car’s is code named Eleanor. Like the original, it is a Ford Mustang. But unlike the original, the remake used a modified Shelby GT500 as its Eleanor. It’s a rad car.

The Shelby GT500 in the 2000 remake of <i>Gone in 60 Seconds</i> makes for a great hero car. | Touchstone Pictures Screenshot
The Shelby GT500 in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds makes for a great hero car. | Touchstone Pictures Screenshot

There’s some great chase scenes and the acting isn’t terrible — stars Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie put in pretty good performances.

Who said a remake has to be bad?

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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