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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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

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

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) Graves says, "Now we can start running!" and puts his pipe in his mouth. Bannon says, "How's our time?" We cut back to Graves as he checks his watch; his pipe is nowhere in sight. See more »

Quotes

Barney Donahue: Andy, I need an inspiration.
Andy McAllister - Mercedes Team: Yeah, it's that time of the morning.
Barney Donahue: Something to make the blood *hot*.
Andy McAllister - Mercedes Team: [pulls out a bottle] What would you say to a bit of Henry the Fifth?
Barney Donahue: Ah, you're a mind reader!
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Referenced in Sneak Previews: The Best of 1976 (1977) See more »

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Enjoy grins per minute in this joyous flaunt of absurd speed laws
20 October 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gumball Rally immortalizes Brock Yates' Cannonball Baker cross-continent (and illegal) street races in a joyously anti-establishment poke at the Nixon/Carter era 55 MPH national speed limit. (I like it far better than Yates' own subsequent Cannonball Run movies.) Gumball Rally features a cast of young stars that includes Raul Julia as the instantly seductive (and fast in multiple senses) Ferrari team driver Franco, a ringer hired by Smith (a Yates-esque scallywag played by Tim McIntyre) to co-pilot their Ferrari Daytona Spyder past Bannon's (Michael Sarrazin) painfully-quick Cobra. The two childhood rivals are joined by Gary Busey and John Durren in a full-race Camaro, a Porsche driven by two beautiful women, and a vintage Mercedes 300 driven by equally vintage old gentleman racers. Rounding out the field with varying success are a van with enough gas to make the three thousand plus mile trip without refueling, a Corvette, Jaguar, Rolls Royce being transported to California for a wealthy individual by Tricia O'Neil's mechanic boyfriend, a stealthy police cruiser, and masochistic motorcyclist.

Along the way the scofflaws outwit radar-bearing police, skirt mechanical failure, encounter a motorcycle gang, and meet environmental hazards like bored-to-sleep 55 MPH drivers in disintegrating cars, ice patches, and L.A. traffic. The fast highway driving is terrific and the start-of-race dawn blast through a waking New York City is grins per second. But the real targets of this automotive lampoon are mediocrity, sheepish conformism, and lowest common denominator laws. The heroes demonstrate complete disdain for safety-nazi rules which in turn embody elitist contempt for individual freedom, responsibility and potential. By rebelling they celebrate a joy of life that's being watered down and restricted by a parent-substitute government that knows what's good for you better than you do.

The fall 1998 Laserdisc and DVD release of Gumball Rally is a treat for freedom-loving car nuts. On the technical side, the widescreen image and digital sound transfer are extremely clean; it never sounded or looked this good in theaters. The sound of Ferrari Daytona V-12, Cobra V-8, Mercedes 300 six, race-tuned Camaro and others running wide open on American highways is authentic and spine tingling. Rapid, efficient driving by a stunt crew that includes '60s Cobra racer John Morton is the real thing too. Freshly found digital fidelity greatly enhances this fun and exuberantly irreverent flick.


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