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The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG  |   |  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 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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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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28 July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chewing Gum Rallye  »

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Trivia

Linda Vaughn ("Emergency Plan Alpha") was a popular race queen of the period; among other things, she did a season of personal appearances for Hurst Corporation as "Miss Golden Shifter". See more »

Goofs

Toward the end (at about 1:28:50 we see Lapchik (the motorcyclist) on the highway. His jacket is almost totally gone; he's naked from the waist up other than a few tatters from his T-shirt. A short while later, in LA (starting at about 1:29:30, then at the very end, at 1:43:37, when he crashes into the ocean) he still has his full jacket. See more »

Quotes

Gibson - Camaro Team: [their Camaro is running hot] Jeez, can't we turn off the heater?
Ace Preston: Either the engine gets hot, or we get hot!
Gibson - Camaro Team: Well, I'm about to have a stroke!
Ace Preston: A stroke? I should be so lucky!
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Linda Vaughn ... Emergency Plan Alpha See more »

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References Tommy (1975) 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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