The original version. The acting is poor , the sets are poor , the dialogue is poor but , this is where the franchise begins , and everything that follows owes allegiance to this one. We all know the story of a car thief engaged to steal a list of cars for an off shore customer , but here are some interesting facts. The cars required are listed on a chalkboard and to confuse things each car is given an alias ( female ) name , for instance Donna. This is why the Mustang is referred to as Elinor. Mr. Lee Iococca is listed in the credits , who was a major force at first Ford , and then later Chrysler. Perhaps this is why most of the cars in the film are Fords and Chryslers. There are some Cadillacs ( one gets burned , on purpose ) and some Caddy limos , but the action cars whether items to be stolen or police cars or accident victims are almost exclusively Fords and Chryslers. There is a Pantara ( Ford powered ) and a Manta in the mix as well.
After setting the scene for a bit the real action begins . After stealing the Mustang, Elinor # 1 , the owner runs an add saying it didn't have theft insurance , and they return it!! In the act of stealing Elinor # 2 he is seen and the chase is on. While the car chase in the movie called Bullitt may be more famous , this car chase makes Bullitt look like a walk in the park. In real life this would be very bad , and indeed some of the injuries generated by the 40 min. car chase are noted . After out running and out smarting the police
our (anti) hero limps into a car wash and manages to steal by slight of hand what is in essence Elinor # 3.
A " B" movie all the way , that is good fun from the get go. Whenever I re-watch it I have to view it twice , to get everything out it.
Some reviews caution about quality , but quality wasn't that good originally.