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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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Lieutenant Roscoe (as Normann Burton)
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Lapchik the Mad Hungarian - Kawasaki
Steven Keats ...
Kandinsky - Dodge Team
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Angie - Rolls Royce
Lázaro Pérez ...
Jose - Rolls Royce (as Lazaro Perez)
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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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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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The Cobra has visible front-end damage when it is on the interstate towards the end of the race. In the waterways, the front end is intact. See more »

Quotes

Jane - Porsche Team: Alright, the lights are set to 32 miles per hour, just keep going on Sepulveda!
Alice - Porsche Team: OK, hang on!
[starts to downshift and floor the throttle]
Alice - Porsche Team: [Two motorcycle cops pull up on either side to check out the girls, and Alice holds up] Smile!
Jane - Porsche Team: How fast are we going now?
Alice - Porsche Team: [with a large fake smile on her face] 32 miles an hour.
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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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The film that best captures the pure joy of open-road driving.
18 June 2000 | by 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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