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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 ...
Lapchik the Mad Hungarian - Kawasaki
Steven Keats ...
Kandinsky - Dodge Team
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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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Trivia

Last cinema film of Vaughn Taylor. See more »

Goofs

When Franco is at the second gas station he comes across the scent of a woman, and is not wearing his glasses, but in the next shot he has his glasses on. See more »

Quotes

Chopper Pilot: Sir? We can't catch 'em.
Roscoe: Whaddaya mean?
Chopper Pilot: They must be doing 180. We don't even have a fixed-wing that'll go that fast!
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Crazy Credits

No actor credits are shown at the beginning of the film,The only credits shown at the beginning are those of the Writer, Director, Producer and Director of Photography, the actor credits are not shown until the end of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Sneak Previews: The Best and Worst Films of 1976 (1977) See more »

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The film that best captures the pure joy of open-road driving.
18 June 2000 | by (Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

So, you've just spent thousands of dollars on a new home entertainment center and you want to take it for a spin around the block... what movie do you watch? 'Gumball Rally' would be a lovely choice. It's pure simple fun filled with raw visceral sights and sounds. Leave the serious films till later, this one will make you feel you've gotten your money's worth. Capturing the heart and soul of the real life "Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" of the '70s, it's the tale of an unofficial, illegal, recurring race from New York to Los Angeles... anything goes. And what goes? Lapchick, the Mad Hungarian, trying to spend 36 hours non-stop on a motorcycle; a van filled with hundreds of gallons of fuel so they don't have to delay for fuel stops; Raul Julia as the Italian race driver Franco and his famous first rule of Italian driving. And in that over-filmed concrete gully known as the LA River there is the BEST sequence ever shot there when a Ferrari Daytona duels with a 427 Cobra... they didn't rely simply on trick shots and undercranked cameras, often the cars were really driven to their limits. Forget the later, far inferior 'Cannonball' movies; the 'Gumball' people actually knew their cars, and they'll have you craving a powerful engine, a full tank of gas, and the open road.


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