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  Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
 
Nicolas Cage; Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures/The Kobal Collection/Merrick Morton

Fast and flashy cars, the box-office blockbuster imprint of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and three previous Oscar winners in the cast. What else could you want in a film?

Nicolas Cage, who took home the Academy's best actor statue for "Leaving Las Vegas," plays Memphis Raines, a master car thief gone straight who is forced back into the auto boosting business to save his younger brother, Kip. It seems the kid botched a deal with an international auto theft ring to deliver 50 high-end cars in three days.

With time running out and Kip's life on the line, Memphis enlists his former crew to complete the job. His Oscar-winning team includes Robert Duvall (best actor, "Tender Mercies") as the operation coordinator and Angelina Jolie (best supporting actress, "Girl, Interrupted") as Memphis' ex-girlfriend, who just happens to also be a mechanic and pretty good auto thief herself ... only in Hollywood.

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The caper is fast, fun and toward the end filled with great chase scenes. Half the fun of the movie is trying to keep track of all the cars. They include various Mercedes, Ferraris, Porsches and a Lamborghini. On the domestic side, look for a Hummer, several Cadillacs and a Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda. Each vehicle is given a woman's name as code, and the final car on the list is Eleanor, a 1967 Shelby GT 500 that Memphis tried to steal years before with disastrous results. In the end, Memphis gets Eleanor -- legally. Kip buys her as a gift for his brother.

Throughout the movie, it's hard not to fantasize about how much fun it would be to slip behind the wheel of one (or two or 20) of these great vehicles. And the route to that automotive aspiration is the money message of "Gone in 60 Seconds": You can get a steal on your dream car if you know how to wheel and deal.

Bankrate can help you find the best auto loan rate and provide tips on how to haggle effectively with the dealer. And when your dream car finally needs some service, don't automatically head to the dealer; an independent mechanic might be your best move.

 
 
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