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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
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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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

They wanted a shot of the Ferrari speedometer but the helicopter couldn't keep up. They finally got the shot by mounting the camera on the AC Cobra. See more »

Goofs

In the start-of-race sequence, set between 6:00 AM and 6:05 in Manhattan, a car passes a bank clock reading 10:26 (the light seems to support that). See more »

Quotes

Barney Donahue: You know how often my wife tried to get me to get rid of this car? Well that's German machinery for you. The car outlasted her.
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Linda Vaughn ... Emergency Plan Alpha See more »

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Referenced in Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) See more »

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Classic Road Race Comedy
24 August 2002 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Somehow this movie came and went on DVD and I missed out. My loss.

This is one of the great outlaw road race comedies - better than Cannonball

Run, better than most of the Smokey and the Bandit movies. Time-warp

yourself back to America in 1976 with its national 55 mile-per-hour speed

limit and a recent history of gas rationing, and you will better appreciate

the spirit of this film. The incomparable Raul Julia is superb as the ringer Italian race car driver hired to win for the Ferrari team. Norman Burton

defines for generations the frustrated cop role in this film, and a youthful

Garey Busey tears up the screen as a rebel hick in a Camaro. I still get a

chill when I see the Cobra and Ferrari tearing down the Long Beach flood

control channels with no speed limits, lots of water and smooth concrete,

and the California sun shining down, and I still can't visit the Queen Mary

without seeing the Gumball Rally finish line and the lovely young insurance

policy hired by Michael Sarrizin. Mindless fun, but like a Sunday drive up

the coast, well-worth the trip. And if you find an extra copy of the DVD,

please send it my way!!!


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