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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Lapchick 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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PG | See all certifications »

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28 July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chewing Gum Rallye  »

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Trivia

Some of the featured cars:
  • 1966 Ford Shelby Cobra 427 "Side Oiler" (Cobra Team)


  • 1974 Ferrari Daytona (Ferrari Team)


  • 1974 Porsche 911 Targa (Porche Team)


  • 1971 Dodge Polara 440 police car (Dodge Team)


  • 1970 1/2 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Camaro Team)


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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

[At the Guest Back Room of Gallagher's Steak House, Michael Bannon welcomes the racers]
Bannon: Ladies, Gentlemen, you have been selected because you have the necessary skills. You are here because you have the determination to suceed. Now, it won't be as easy as last year. There are some who will use any means to try and stop us. Some of you won't make it. For those of you who do, there'll be no glory, no headlines. But... just a few magic hours flat out against the red line, with no catalytic ...
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Referenced in Mischief 3000 (2002) See more »

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Made me drool for the cars, and cheer for the antics
12 May 1999 | by (Markham, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the ultimate anti-Ralph Nader movie.

This movie should be must-see at driving schools, to show drivers-to-be the difference between pointing a car and actually DRIVING.

This movie truly has a sense of humor, as anyone who has owned a sports car can tell you.

From the classic "Lucas-the prince-of-darkness" electrical system of the Jaguar, to the (much cheered by us European car buffs) "corvette incident" (I do not want to give it away).

My favourite is, of course, the motorcyclist, who, if I recall correctly, does not say anything at all during the movie, but steals the show when he is on.

Great fun and several levels above the later copycat "Cannonball Run" series.

Particularly liked by good drivers with a sense of humour.


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