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Carquake! (1976)

Cannonball! (original title)
This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 isn't going to win. They'll ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Perman Waters
Jim Crandell
Sharma Capri
Terry McMillan
Sandy Harris, Girl in the Van #1
Diane Lee Hart ...
Wendy, Girl in the Van #2
Glynn Rubin ...
Ginny, Girl in the Van #3
Wolfe Messer
Bennie Buckman
Beutell (as Stanley Clay)


This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 isn't going to win. They'll need to drive a little faster than that. Well actually, they will need to drive a LOT faster that 55. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The annual Trans-American outlaw road race - A cross country demolition derby without rules! See more »


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Release Date:

6 July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cannonball  »

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First credited feature film role for Veronica Hamel. See more »


In the pile-up on the freeway, the same yellow Cadillac hits the pile twice. See more »


[the LAPD is on its way down to Santa Monica Pier]
Brad Phillips: Attention! Attention right now, drivers! The police are on their way to bust the race. The post time has been moved up to exactly 60 seconds from now.
Beutell: Oh, shit!
Brad Phillips: Every highway patrolman from here to Philadephia will be out to nail ya. I'd advise you all to stick to the back roads as much as possible. Gentlemen, start your engines!
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »


Oh, How I'll Cry When You Go
Music by Paul Bartel
Lyrics by Paul Bartel
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those wacky races
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Carradine takes part in an illegal anything goes cross-country race from California to New York. Paul Bartel's second attempt at the race movie, while good isn't as fun as his previous "Death Race 2000". It's still fun in parts, but lacks the pacing and memorable characters (except for Carradine and the always watchable Dick Miller)

My Grade: C+

DVD Extras: Interviews with David Carradine, Mary Woronov, and Roger Corman; Poster and Stills gallery; 3 TV spots; and Theatrical Trailer

1 Easter Egg: Highlight a hidden car in the Extras menu for a Carquake/ the giant spider invasion combo trailer

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