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Cannonball Run II (1984)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 29 June 1984 (USA)
The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

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Jill, Lamborghini Babe
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The Sheik who competed at the last Cannonball Run, is berated by his father for not winning it. So he tells him to go and win. Problem is that there is no Cannonball Run. So his father tells him to make one of his own. He puts up a million dollars as the prize. So former Cannonballers J.J. and his buddy Vince join, as does Blake and Fenderbaum and some other characters. But Blake and Fenderbaum owe a mobster some money and the mobster owes some other guy more. He then decides to grab the Sheik and hold him for ransom so he can pay the guy back. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Action | Comedy

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29 June 1984 (USA)  »

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Auf dem Highway ist wieder die Hölle los  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Hal Needham: The movie's director as the driver of a Porsche 928 wearing a cowboy hat. See more »

Goofs

During the end credits, Shawn Weatherly's name is misspelled as Shawn Wetherly. See more »

Quotes

[the last team finally arrives]
Race Official: Forget it, guys. You're four hours and fifteen martinis late.
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Outtakes during the credits. See more »

Connections

References Any Which Way You Can (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Like a Cannonball
Written by Milton Brown, Steve Dorff, and Snuff Garrett
Performed by Menudo
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Maybe most don't get this one?
3 June 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a perfect example of guilty pleasure. Sure, it is not well written (or is it?). It isn't well acted (or was it?). My point, this movie was a literal "winkathon". In other words, it was meant to be corny, goofy, silly, and down right fun to watch. That being said, go back and watch it again and you will see my point. Where did a (current) 4.X rating come from? All I can figure that is comes from votes from clueless suburbans, or maybe teens that don't realize how iconic this movie is, or how this movie was one of the last blasts of the drive-in culture of America. Sure, it's not Citizen Kane...but should merit an easy 6 on cast names alone.

That said, what really makes this movie great is the talent in it! It may be the best collection of screen legends and icon ever assembled. The point in time when this movie was made allowed this phenomenon to be possible. In 1984, most of these actors were slightly past their peak, but still in the acting game...so this may explain the ability to cast all of them (without a billion dollar budget). Try to replicate this today with an equivalent assortment of actors, and it would not be possible.

What makes this A-list super-fest even more golden is the fact that nearly every major player in this picture is now gone, or well up in years. Think of this movie as a video history of screen legends, or even a vague record of the car culture of the 70's and the phenomenon the actual Brock Yates cross country races were.

But if you are too young to know who these actors are, know nothing about the real Cannonball races, and don't appreciate drive-in type cinema/comedy, skip this one (rather than give it an unfair vote). Do that for me, and I won't give movies like Twilight or Lord of the Rings a 2.


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