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Release Date:
6 July 1976 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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David Carradine ... Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman

Bill McKinney ... Cade Redman

Veronica Hamel ... Linda Maxwell

Gerrit Graham ... Perman Waters

Robert Carradine ... Jim Crandell

Belinda Balaski ... Maryann

Judy Canova ... Sharma Capri

Archie Hahn ... Zippo

Carl Gottlieb ... Terry McMillan

Mary Woronov ... Sandy Harris, Girl in the Van #1
Diane Lee Hart ... Wendy, Girl in the Van #2
Glynn Rubin ... Ginny, Girl in the Van #3

James Keach ... Wolfe Messer

Dick Miller ... Bennie Buckman

Stanley Bennett Clay ... Beutell (as Stanley Clay)

David Arkin ... TV Producer / Anchorman

John Herzfeld ... Sharpe

Louisa Moritz ... Louisa
Patrick Wright ... Brad Phillips

John Alderman ... Team Manager
Deirdre Ardell ... Terry's Daughter
Gretchen Ardell ... Terry's Daughter

Allan Arkush ... Panama

Gary Austin ... Len

Paul Bartel ... Lester Marks
Wendy Bartel ... Reporter at Finish Line
Linda Civitello ... Piano Teacher
Jim Connors ... Deke Scanton (as Jim Conners)

Roger Corman ... District Attorney
Peter Cornberg ... Man in Blue Car

Joe Dante ... Kid
Miller Drake ... Reporter at Finish Line
Michael Finnell ... Helicopter Pilot (as Mike Finnell)
Samuel W. Gelfman ... Dr. Magritte
Paul Glickler ... Arresting Officer
David N. Gottlieb ... Brad Phillips' Aide (as David Gottlieb)
Lea Gould ... Mrs. McMillan
Glenn Johnson ... Cameraman in Helicopter (as Glen Johnson)

Jonathan Kaplan ... All-Night Gas Station Attendant

Aron Kincaid ... David
Saul Krugman ... Mr. Schulenberg

James Lashly ... Desert Gas Station Attendant
Joseph McBride ... Reporter at Finish Line (as Joe McBride)
Todd McCarthy ... Reporter at Finish Line
Keith Michl ... Airplane Pilot
Read Morgan ... Cop
Mary-Robin Redd ... Mrs. Schulenberg

Martin Scorsese ... Mafioso

Don Simpson ... Assistant District Attorney (as Donald C. Simpson)
George Wagner ... Cameraman
Joe Wong ... Oriental Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sylvester Stallone ... Mafioso (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Bartel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Bartel  screenplay
Don Simpson  screenplay (as Donald C. Simpson)

Produced by
Gustave M. Berne .... executive producer (as Gustave Berne)
Peter Cornberg .... associate producer
Samuel W. Gelfman .... producer
Run Run Shaw .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Axlerod  (as David A. Axelrod)
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Morton Tubor 
Art Direction by
Michel Levesque 
Makeup Department
Cheri Ruff .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Cornberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Gibbs .... second unit director
Jan R. Lloyd .... second assistant director (as Jan Lloyd)
Catherine McCabe .... assistant director (as Cathy McCabe)
Art Department
Keith Michl .... property master
Michael Shadler .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor
James M. McCann .... sound (as Jim McCann)
Peggy Names .... boom operator (as Peggy Waggoner)
D.G. Saarinen .... boom operator: second unit (as DG Saarinen)
Nancy Schafer .... sound: second unit
Alex Vanderkar .... sound mixer (as Alex Van Der Kar)
Special Effects by
Harry Woolman .... special effects
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
Janet Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Barger .... camera operator: second unit
Robert E. Collins .... photographer: second unit (as Bob Collins)
Paul Dillingham .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Hipp .... gaffer: second unit
Ron Johnson .... first assistant camera
Michael Katz .... gaffer
Domenic Mastrippolito .... camera operator: second unit (as Domenic Nicholas Mastrippolito)
William R. Maxham .... grip (as Bill Maxham)
Bob McVay .... key grip
Douglas Olivares .... second assistant camera (as Doug Olivares)
Bruce Pearn .... best boy
Chuck Record .... key grip: second unit
Henning Schellerup .... action photographer
Gary Strange .... grip
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer (as Gerald Wolfe)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Baxter .... assistant costumer
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... costumer (as Cheryl Beasley)
Hollis Trainer .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Margot Duxler .... assistant editor
Bruce Green .... assistant editor
Ron Horwitz .... first assistant editor
Location Management
David N. Gottlieb .... location manager (as David Gottlieb)
Transportation Department
Lance Billitzer .... transportation
Gary Strange .... driver
Other crew
Kathy Agron .... script supervisor
Dick Bernstein .... production assistant
Linda Civitello .... production secretary
Ray Dilger .... garage
Michael Finnell .... production assistant (as Mike Finnell)
Betty Goldberg .... script supervisor
John Hale .... on-set mechanic
Gabriel Katzka .... friend (as Gabe Katzka)
Carson Parlan .... production assistant
Edwin D. Rich .... production accountant
Rebecca Ross .... production assistant
Chuck Russell .... production assistant: second unit
Richard Peter Schroer .... production assistant (as Richard Schroer)
Katherine Wooten .... script supervisor: second unit

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cannonball" - USA (alternative title)
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Hong Kong:93 min | USA:93 min | Portugal:90 min (TV version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:16 (with warning) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (theatrical rating) (cut) | UK:12 (video rating) (uncut) | USA:PG | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

According to Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel did not enjoy making this film because he felt he was being typecast as an action director. Even David Carradine tried explaining to Bartel that he was unsure about the climatic car pile-up and its disturbing subject matter.See more »
Continuity: When Mrs. McMillan and her two daughters take a bottle of champagne to Terry McMillan before the race, he is not wearing any glasses. However, when she speaks to him he suddenly is wearing a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses disappear again at the end of the scene.See more »
TV Producer:Hi, Dennis Caldwell here at the Santa Monica Pier in sunny Southern California. For the last three, the appearance of this cryptic ad in Motorist Magazine signals the running of the Trans-American Grand Prix auto race. This underground sporting event is open to anyone holding a valid license...See more »
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Crash! Boom! Bang! Carquake!!, 18 January 2010
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Here's yet another reason to accentuate the 1970's was the absolute greatest decade for cult-trash cinema output (as if we weren't convinced enough already): Carsploitation movies! There are only a handful of them, they all look alike and most film-loving audiences will probably detest them, but … damn, are they ever entertaining! "Cannonball!" – although I must say I prefer the much cheesier video title "Carquake" – is brought to us by the same team that made the brilliant and unequaled "Death Race 2000" one year earlier, and it many ways it feels as if writer/director Paul Bartel injected all the silly comedy that he couldn't put in "Death Race" into this film instead. This film is more of a straightforward comedy whereas "Death Race" was a black comedy (apparently not everybody finds the idea of wiping pedestrians off the road for points funny). The concept of this film is much simpler: bunch of eccentric people participate in an illegally organized cross-country race from California to New York City. Ex-convict Coy Buckman is obviously the most talented racer, so his competitors will have to revert to ingenious cheating if they want to stand a chance. The main storyline as described here is obviously very simplistic, but one could also claim there are numerous little sub plot story lines that are all terrific and imaginative. The lead character Coy Buckman is already quite intriguing. He dragged his sexy female parole officer along in the race and has a mechanic who idolizes him so much that he literally wants to be Cannonball! Every contestant in the race is worth mentioning, like the obnoxious German in his canary-yellow sport car and the psychopathic Redman and his country-singing and guitar-playing co-pilot. Outside the race there's quite a lot going on as well, like Coy's sleazy brother Bennie trying to sabotage the most important rivals because he bet a huge some of money on the winner. Although the comical ambiance definitely overrules, "Cannonball!" nevertheless remains a bona fide action/spectacle movie with copious crashes, macho showdowns, explosions and violent painful deaths. The climax, which features a mass accident with cars piling up seemingly forever, exactly demonstrates the blending of humor and action. The cast is full of pleasingly familiar faces, especially if you know a thing or two about B-movies. Apart from the brothers Carradine (David and Robert), there's Mary Woronov, Dick Miller, Carl Gottlieb and director Paul Bartel himself (in a hilarious role). Buckle up for some sheer cult-excitement!

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