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Realistically, that's all the movie. Halicki may know car chases, but he doesn't really know anything about dramatic filmmaking. (Well, did. He died during a stunt mishap in 1989.) This Gone in 60 Seconds is fundamentally as vapid as its infamous successor, though it has a low-budget scrappiness that makes it eeriely compelling from time to time. The ultimate car chase is fun and quite thrilling -- for the budget and the decade it's one of the best deals running.
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Billed on a new DVD with Gone in 60 Seconds 2, Deadline is listed as the third movie in a trilogy of Gone in 60 Seconds movies. Not the 2000 Nicolas Cage movie (which was a remake of these films), a series of films of sorts produced in the 1970s and 1980s. Only director (and producer/writer/star) H.B. Halicki died during the production of Gone in 60 Seconds 2, which was unfinished and never released. So how did Deadline Autotheft come to be? Well, I've never seen the original 60 Seconds, but it appears that Autotheft is just a reissue of that film (and judging by the sideburns, it's gotta be) with a little 1980s footage (from a film called The Junkman) spliced into it. Watching the flick, it's jarring and strange, and oddly compelling, much like, ahem, watching a car wreck.
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A legend of Hollywood, the 1963 production of Cleopatra has so much curiosity surrounding it I hardly know where to start. It was budgeted at $2 million and eventually cost (up to) $44 million to produce -- close to $300 million in today's dollars. Liz Taylor almost died during the filming and was given a tracheotomy to keep her alive. The production was forced to move from Rome to London and back to Rome again. Two of its stars fell in love (Taylor and Burton) on the set, ruining both of their marriages. 20th Century Fox essentially went bankrupt, leading to the ousting of its chief. The first director was fired after burning $7 million with nothing to show for it. The second director (Mankiewicz) was fired during editing, only to be rehired when no one else could finish the picture. Taylor threw up the first time she saw the finished product. Producer Walter Wanger never worked in Hollywood again. And the original six-hour epic was cut to a little over three.
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