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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

The short sequence in the beginning of the film which involves two animated cars wrecking the 20th Century Fox logo was created by Hal Needham, who did a similar one for another studio when releasing Smokey and the Bandit (1977). At first, Fox didn't appreciate the notion of wrecking their logo, but soon found it would be appealing to audiences if it were left in. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire film, the wheels on the Ambulance change from black wheels to having chromed hub caps and back again. See more »

Quotes

J.J. McClure: They weren't 'Fathers'...
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Soundtracks

You've Gotta Have a Dream
Written by Phyllis Molinary (as P. Molinary), Al Capps (as A. Capps) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Performed by The California Children's Chorus
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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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