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The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | | Comedy | 28 July 1976 (USA)
A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race.

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(as Chuck Bail)

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Cast

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Michael Bannon - Cobra Team
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Lieutenant Roscoe (as Normann Burton)
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Gibson - Camaro Team
John Durren ...
Ace Preston / Mr. Guts - Camaro Team
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Alice - Porsche Team
Harvey Jason ...
Lapchik the Mad Hungarian - Kawasaki
Steven Keats ...
Kandinsky - Dodge Team
Tim McIntire ...
Steve 'Smitty' Smith - Ferrari Team
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Jane - Porsche Team
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Barney Donahue - Mercedes Team
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Angie - Rolls Royce
Lázaro Pérez ...
Jose - Rolls Royce (as Lazaro Perez)
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Prof. Samuel Graves - Cobra Team
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Wally Taylor ...
Avila - Dodge Team
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Storyline

A group of people from different backgrounds have one thing in common: when they hear the world "gumball" whispered by one of the others, they know that it's time for the Gumball Rally: a no-holds barred, secret, winner-take-all rally across the USA. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's a hilarious coast-to-coast, 180 mile-an-hour, go-for-broke, outrageous road race with the world's most expensive cars. And it's all just for glory and a gumball machine.

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Comedy

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28 July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chewing Gum Rallye  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Playboy centerfolds on the walls of in the garage from where the race starts include: Liv Lindeland (January 1971), Heather Van Every (July 1971), Vicki Peters (April 1972), Francine Parks (February 1974), and Daina House (January 1976). See more »

Goofs

While being pelted with bugs, Lapchick lifts his right hand off the throttle to wipe his visor. He should have immediately slowed and the tone of his engine should have changed. Proof that the motorcycle and Lapchick were being towed on a trailer while being filmed. Some motorcycles of the time have throttle lock switches, that would enable the driver to lock the throttle in a desired position. If Lapchik's motorcycle was equipped with this feature, this would in fact, be possible. See more »

Quotes

Smith: [watching "The Rabbit" drive off in his T-bucket] That's the ugliest looking car I ever saw.
Bannon: Looks like a jukebox.
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Crazy Credits

Linda Vaughn ... Emergency Plan Alpha See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mischief 3000 (2002) See more »

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What's Behind Me...
30 October 2004 | by (Tampa Bay, Florida) – See all my reviews

Chuck Bail, a stunt performer on Steve McQueen's "Have Gun, Will Travel", contributed some memorable bits of dialogue to this script. I've lost count of the number of times I and others have repeated Raul Julia's judgment on the rear view mirror, "What's behind me is not important". Inevitably, any spectacularly ugly car we come across "looks like a jukebox". And on and on.

Julia, whose participation in this film was not generally cited in obituaries, and Gary Busey were performers whose careers took off afterward.

The remainder of the cast consists of moderately well known players, some still to be seen on soaps and occasionally in prime time guest shots. Normann Burton as a New York cop on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Harvey Jason as a bizarro motorcyclist stand out.

As is usually the case in movies about automobile racing, lots of expert stuntwork is on display here. Scenes of pure speed, though, do not get in the way of funnymen being funny.


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