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The Gumball Rally (1976)

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

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Michael Bannon - Cobra Team
Norman Burton ...
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 ...
Lapchick the Mad Hungarian - Kawasaki
Steven Keats ...
Kandinsky - Dodge Team
Tim McIntire ...
Steve 'Smitty' Smith - Ferrari Team
Joanne Nail ...
Jane - Porsche Team
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Barney Donahue - Mercedes Team
Tricia O'Neil ...
Angie - Rolls Royce
Lázaro Pérez ...
Jose - Rolls Royce (as Lazaro Perez)
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Prof. Samuel Graves - Cobra Team
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Andy McAllister - Mercedes Team
Wally Taylor ...
Avila - Dodge Team
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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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28 July 1976 (USA)  »

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The Gumball Rally  »

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The Cobras used in the filming (main car and a backup) were serial numbers CSX3255 and CSX3243 See more »

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When Franco removes the Ferrari's rear-view mirror, the boom mic is clearly reflected in the car's windshield. See more »

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Smith: So Mike... what is this, a vintage car event?
Bannon: Well Smitty, you know some things get meaner as they get older.
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References Jaws (1975) 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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