On this day in 2001, “The Fast and the Furious,” a crime drama based in the underground world of street racing in Southern California, premiers in theaters across the United States.
This film was directed by Rob Cohen an American director of film and television, producer and screenwriter.
Paul Walker starred as Brian O’Connor, an undercover cop who invades the illegal late-night racing scene in Los Angeles, to catch a gang suspected of hijacking big-rig trucks, to get the parts to outfit their souped-up cars.
As the movie opens, O’Connor is practicing his high-speed driving in order to blend in with his targets; his vehicle is a bright green 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse, which he powers through an empty parking lot near Dodger Stadium.
Later on, O’Connor loses the Mitsubishi title to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), the leader of the gang of suspected thieves, after a street race.
Despite mixed reviews from critics, “The Fast and the Furious” was an unexpected hit at the box office.
It spawned three sequels: “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2009), in which the four main co-stars of the first film–Walker, Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster–all reprised their roles.