concentration on one thing? gone in 60 seconds (1974)

Man I should really be writing about Grunge but it’s hard to concentrate. I’m seriously thinking about writing to the uni and proposing that they start to transition the system for the next generation of permanently ADDed slackers, of which I seem to be part of. I was sick of this thesis topic before I’d even started tapping the keyboard. I’ve probably written it here before but I’d much rather have done four or five 4-5ooo word topics.

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Car chase movies: the original _Gone In 60 Seconds_ was the next one I could find. Interesting in that it’s another bit of what life was like in my birth year (1974) and unusual in that it was classified as an independent film. It was the brain child of one guy – most of the cars used in it belonged to him, and he got his friends to do the “acting” in it. There weren’t any professional actors. There’s a whopping 34 minute car chase in the finale, which helps it to blend in with much higher-budgeted films of its time. When looking at the directing of the dialogue and actors I was just thinking, ah that’s the 70s for ya.

The best bit about it was the wigs, sunglasses and suits. In fact I think, in some small way, one of my fav video clips, Beastie Boys’ Sabotage is ahhhn ohmaaage to it.

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From the movie, this is H.B. Halicki, writer, producer, director and main actor:

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Apparently, the wigs were to fool the cops. I think he just had a funky wig fetish.

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Here is the token black guy in the car-stealing team, and a young lady dressed in a rather racy 70s way.

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There was a caddy full of homies cruising around that was kinda cool too.

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