What is the reason for the movie title Gone in 60 Seconds? I could not find any explicit reference to the title during the movie. I expected a 60-second car theft or something like that.

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    I always thought that it was referencing how long it took to steal a car. Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:00
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    @steelersquirrel Is it common knowledge that a car takes 60 seconds to steal? I never heard of it before the movie
    – nmat
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:20
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    I don't know. That's why I only posted a comment. I have no sources to back up that claim. I guess you can refer to the two answers that are posted so far. They seem to be claiming the same thing. I have never stolen a car before, so I wouldn't know ;) Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:38
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    I recall, maybe 30 years ago, seeing on TV (one of the lawyer dramas, I'm thinking) a demonstration of stealing a car. The "thief" used a "slide hammer" to extract the door lock and the ignition lock, then a screwdriver to start the car. It took, probably, 20 seconds. Likely 60 seconds is a good "upper limit" on the time, given that things might not go perfectly right. And, of course, modern cars have electronic ignition lockouts, so significantly more effort would be required, as the car would have to be effectively "hot wired".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 13:25

2 Answers 2


The title is referring to cars and the time it takes to steal one.

The original movie's cover is:

Gone in 60 Seconds cover

As it says:

You can lock your car, but if [Maindrian Pace] wants it... it's Gone in 60 Seconds

The 2000 remake takes the same title and overall plot.

As Sudip Biswas pointed out, there is also a sign in the movie that reads:

If you leave your car unlocked it will be Gone in 60 Seconds

which reinforces the overall idea.

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    Oh...nice find with the original movie poster with that quote! Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:47
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    Cool poster. So, I guess it's just a nice sounding quote that someone came up with right? I mean, there's no relation to the actual movie plot. It could be "Gone in 2 minutes" or "Gone in 30 seconds". 60 seconds just happened to sound better, regardless of whatever happens in the movie
    – nmat
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 12:20
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    I think 60 seconds is just meant to represent a short amount of time, yes, but I can't be sure about that
    – BlueMoon93
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 15:00
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    Wow. I did not even know the remake, was a remake. Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 16:24
  • @GrimmTheOpiner - Personally, I don't think you were missing anything. The Nick Cage version is far superior in my opinion.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 8:47

Source IMDB

When Mirror Man is talking to the clerk at the police impound yard, a sign can be seen in the background that reads "If you leave your car unlocked it will be Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)". This same sign was used in the original 1974 version of the movie.

I believe this is the true inspiration for the movie's title. It's evident that the 2000 movie takes its title from the 1974 one and the origin of the 1974 title is actually that catch phrase that was shared by the second answer.

Bruckheimer's latest, Gone In 60 Seconds, takes its title, basic premise, and a few gags from a 1974 exploitation film of the same name by used-car dealer turned actor-director H.B. Halicki.

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    Do you have a source to back up your belief that this was the true inspiration for the movie's title? Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:15
  • I agree with this. It's the time it takes to boost a car. Never occurred to me it could be anything else O.o
    – BlueMoon93
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:17
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    @SteveIves I am not saying that it's not a coincidence. I am just saying that when a question is answered, it should have sources to back it up. That's great that the OP believes that this is the true inspiration. It would be great to show some effort in answering the question by providing some sort of source for this belief rather than posting a blurb off of the IMDb trivia section. Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:35
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    @steelersquirrel..Actually this ques did baffle me for sometime now, and it went out of my head lately. I saw this question and tried helping the user with some reference. I did my searches but couldn't find anyone actually vouching for this or saying this reason in an interview or something. Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:43
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    I agree. I looked for some type of source as well when I first saw this question and couldn't find one. I always guessed that's what the title meant, but I don't have any evidence backing it up :) Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 11:46

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