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The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 19 June 1981 (USA)
A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

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Seymour
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Pamela
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Fenderbaum
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Marcie
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Subaru Driver #1
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Brad
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Chief Biker
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A. F. Foyt
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Subaru Driver #2
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Storyline

This comedy film brings Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and an all-star cast to the starting line of the ultimate auto race, a madcap cross-country scramble that roars full-speed ahead. This action-comedy was inspired by an actual event: the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an anything goes, all-stops-out - and very much illegal - competition that has grown to legendary proportions within the last ten years. 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 | Sport

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19 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cannonball Trophy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$59,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vehicles used in the film:
  • J.J. and Victor are driving a 1978 Dodge Sportsman.


  • Seymour is driving a 1964 Aston Martin DB5.


  • Blake and Fenderbaum are driving a 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS.


  • Terry and Mel are driving a 1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna.


  • Marcie and Jill are driving a 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S.


  • The Japanese team is driving a 1980 Subaru DL.


  • The Sheik is driving a 1976 Rolls-Royce Shadow 1.


  • Mad Dog and Batman are driving a 1980 GMC C-35 Pickup.


  • Brad (Bert Convey) and Shakey (Warren Berlinger) are driving a Harley Davidson Sportster.


  • When Mr. Foyt shows up at the hotel, he's driving a 1972 Volvo 142.


  • At the opening, Victor is driving a 1973 Honda Civic.


  • The plane that J.J. and Victor are flying is a Maule M 5-235 Lunar Rocket.


  • During the first appearance of Captain Chaos, he and J.J. are driving a 1969 Porsche 911.


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Goofs

When the ambulance stops for gas in Missouri, J.J. is still fuming about the all the time lost due to Jimmy Blake and Fenderbaum letting down the ambulance tyres. Yet somehow Blake and Fenderbaum are now behind them, arriving at the gas station after the ambulance. See more »

Quotes

[during the brawl with the mean bikers, Seymour Goldfarb Jr stands aside with his girlfriend, until one of the bikers menacingly approaches them, holding heavy wrench]
Seymour Goldfarb Jr: [to his girlfriend] Step back, my dear.
[the girl steps back. Seymour makes karate moves, with the music of James Bond movies is played in the background]
Seymour Goldfarb Jr: [to the biker] I must warn you, I'm Roger Moore!
Biker: [frowns] Who?
Seymour Goldfarb Jr: [bends forward so the biker can hear him better] Roger Moore!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Driver: San Francisco (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Beauty's Theme
Written by John Durrill (as J. Durrill), Al Capps (as A. Capps), Cliff Crofford (as C. Crofford) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Performed by Al Capps
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a fun filled race across the US
8 March 2002 | by (oak park california) – See all my reviews

The Cannonball Run has been vilified by many critics over the years but I love this movie and have been watching it ever since I was little. This movie is what happens when a bunch of movie stars who just happen to be close friends in real life decide to make a movie just for fun. The plot is simple enough, race from one end of the country to the other for a million dollars and avoid the law on the way. The cast is jammed with big names and just about everyone in the movie that has a speaking part is a star of some stature. This movie is simply great fun and has a lot in common with the rest of director Hal Needham's films,i.e. Smokey and the Bandit. I can't really say that this film is full of great acting because the entire cast horses around through the whole movie. Jackie Chan makes his first appearance in a American movie with this film and both Hal Needham and writer Brock Yates have cameos. Don't expect a lot in the way of plot or acting or effects or anything like that and just enjoy the ride. The outtakes at the end of this and Cannonball Run II are hilarious and it makes it more fun for me anyway to know that this movie was just like a big meeting of old friends. Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. are great as Blake and Fenderbaum respectively. Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise anchor this film (they're the main characters)and the give and take between these two make them one of the best comedy teams I have ever seen. Bottom Line: Buy this flick, drag it out every once in a while, and have fun watching it with family or friends. A truly fun movie to watch.


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