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The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  19 June 1981 (USA)
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A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.

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A wild, illegal, and popular cross-country car race is organized, and the eccentric entrants will do anything to win, including low-down, dirty tricks. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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You'll root for them all...but you'll never guess who wins.

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Action | Comedy

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19 June 1981 (USA)  »

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The Cannonball Trophy  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$59,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

George Furth's character (Arthur J. Foyt) was named as an tribute to IndyCar and NASCAR legend Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. (a.k.a. A.J. Foyt). See more »

Goofs

When Fenderbaum is placing his bet with the Greek you can see that the references to Porsche on the odds board are listed as Porche. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Glover: Are you one of those volleyballers?
J.J. McClure: Cannonballers. No.
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Crazy Credits

An animated car drives around the 20th Century Fox logo, hiding out in the zero. It is chased by a police car, which crashes into one of the searchlights. The sequence ends with Burt Reynold's trademark laugh. See more »

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Love Is on the Air
Written by Larry Henley (as L. Henley), Jim Hurt (as J. Hurt) and Johnny Slate (as J. Slate)
Performed by Lou Rawls
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All-star madcap race to California
2 September 2000 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

This film is best summarized as a live action version of Wacky Races. Burt Reynolds leads on all star cast of freaky drivers competing in a no-holds-barred race competition called the Cannonball Run. The standouts in this film are Roger Moore who seems to enjoy spoofing his own James Bond character, Jackie Chan as a kung-fu foreign race champ, Jack Elam as the twisted doctor riding along in Burt's ambulance, and Jamie Farr as a mad sheik trying to show Islamic superiority by defeating his opponents.

This is not a movie to be taken seriously, especially with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. cruising around dressed up like priests. There are a lot of good stunts and chase scenes in this movie, as well as a long brawl towards the end with all the Cannonballers against a gang of bikers, led by Peter Fonda!

To quote the Brain Gremlin from Gremlins 2: "Check it out one time, won't you!" You won't be disappointed.


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