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Rare Footage: The Chase Scene From Gone In 60 Seconds 2, H.B. Halicki’s Unfinished Film


Rare Footage: The Chase Scene From Gone In 60 Seconds 2, H.B. Halicki’s Unfinished Film

Henry Blight “Toby” Halicki is legendary in Hollywood for his car chase scenes. If you’ve seen the original 1974 version of Gone In 60 Seconds or The Junkman, you know that the stories are short on plot, mediocre on dialog, and long on honest, violent action of the four-wheeled variety. The original Gone In Sixty Seconds brought Halicki fame and fortune, which fueled Halicki’s automotive habits. In 1989 work started on Gone In 60 Seconds 2, and looked to be promising: Halicki purchased over 400 vehicles for the film with most slated to be involved in some sort of incident. The sheer number of vehicles destroyed in this chase scene alone is impressive, but what was supposed to be the ultimate stunt, the falling water tower, wound up being Halicki’s swan song…he was killed when there was an unexpected failure of a cable holding the tower.

Gone In 60 Seconds 2 was never finished, but in 2001 the chase scene was put together and packaged up with Halicki’s third movie, Deadline Auto Theft, a cut-and-paste of new material and footage from Gone In 60 Seconds. Would Gone in 60 Seconds 2 have been a hit or simply an ode to the sounds of shattering glass and crunching metal? We were never meant to know.


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4 thoughts on “Rare Footage: The Chase Scene From Gone In 60 Seconds 2, H.B. Halicki’s Unfinished Film

  1. Mike Brooks

    Toby Halicki was born and raised in the town next to me. Many of the scenes in this montage were filmed in my hometown. I was a little kid at the time, but I remember it being a big deal. It was front page news for weeks at the time of filming and Toby’s untimely death was devastating to many of the locals involved with the film. Many of the cars used in the film were harvested from the Halicki family salvage yard (a former Studebaker dealership). I remember going to that junkyard in the 90’s/00’s looking for parts and there were rows and rows of cars painted up like squad cars for the movie. Rumors still circulate today that the “Slicer” car, along with another yellow “Eleanor” Mustang still exist and are hidden away somewhere in Dunkirk NY.

  2. Anthony

    Loved the original Gone in 60 seconds. This Slicer thing not so much. RIP to H.B. Halicki,I’m sure we would of had much more crazy stunt movies had he lived.

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