Say what you will about car chases but there’s something special about a hot pursuit, where the good guys or bad are driving like madmen. These are the best car chase scenes part one.
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Nicolas Cage did most of his own stunt driving for the film. He attended the Bondurant Driving School in Phoenix, Arizona, Willow Springs (another car driving school), and the Bobby Ore Stunt Driving School in preparation for the film. He liked the race car driving school so much that he continued to pursue it as a hobby after shooting was completed.
In preparation for his role, Ryan Gosling restored the 1973 Chevy Malibu that his character uses in the film. Despite the driving storyline, director Nicolas Winding Refn does not have any interest in cars. He doesn’t hold a driving license and has failed his driving test 8 times!
The taxi that Bourne drives during this car chase is a Russian-made Volga 3110. To give this movie its gritty, documentary-style appearance, director Paul Greengrass used mostly handheld cameras, and a muted color palette. Greengrass also made sure to avoid computer graphics at all costs, and all of the stunts shown in the movie were achieved practically.
Two Mustangs and two Dodge Chargers were used for the famous chase scene. Both Mustangs were owned by the Ford Motor Company and part of a promotional loan agreement with Warner Brothers. The cars were modified for the high-speed chase by veteran auto racer Max Balchowsky. Stunt coordinator Carey Loftin got Bud Ekins to drive the Mustang for the bulk of the stunts. Both of the Dodges were junked after the filming, as was one of the Mustangs. The other less banged-up Mustang was purchased by a WB employee after all production and post-production was completed. The car ended up in New Jersey a few years later, where Steve McQueen attempted to buy it. The owner refused to sell, and the car now sits in a barn and has not been driven in many years.
To make it look like Robert De Niro and Natascha McElhone were actually driving during the car chase, right hand drive cars were used, with the passenger side made up to mirror the real controls. The actors then mimicked the stunt drivers movements. More than 300 stunt drivers were employed to give the real-time chase scenes an air of metal-crunching realism. 80 automobiles were destroyed during filming.