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Already quoting scenes from big money movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer's new wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am action flick--a movie that won't be released until Friday? There's a reason behind that madness. Bruckheimer is a method man when it comes to big budget thrill rides: Explosions, gunfire, car chases, cute chicks, hot sets, catchy one-liners and super slick film editing equal mega-hits. Need proof? Ever heard of Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop or Armageddon? What the commercials didn't tell you is that this bread-and-circus-type spectacle is a retooled version of a 1974 B-movie of the same name. In both, professional car thieves set out to steal 50 cars in one night with The Man in hot pursuit. Difficult to top was the original flick's 40-minute car chase. The update may not sustain one single car chase for that long, but improvements like Nicholas Cage doing his own stunt driving as Los Angeles' most infamous car booster, the involvement of actors like Robert Duvall, Angelina Jolie and Delroy Lindo, and directorial talent of Dominic Sena--a man who cut his teeth on things like Janet Jackson's award-winning Rhythm Nation 1814 video--all aim to make this one of summer's big ones. See "Opening Friday" for theaters and times.

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