Cannonball Run II (1984) Poster


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Frank Sinatra only worked for one day.
Frank Sinatra's cameo was his final acting role in a theatrical film, though he would make one final appearance in the TV movie Young at Heart (1995). All his other appearances from here on would be in documentaries and retrospectives.
Dean Martin's final film.
Jackie Chan appears as part of a contractual obligation to Warner Bros.
The car used by Jackie Chan in this movie is a Mitsubishi Starion, sold in the United States under that name but more commonly known as a Conquest, sold by Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler dealerships. With only trivial exceptions, the ones sold in domestic dealerships differed from the Starion in name only. Within the last few years, the car Chan used in the movie was salvaged and restored by a member of StarQuestClub, the national owner's club for Starions and Conquests, and is now roadworthy again.
The stretched Chrysler Imperial limousine (stretched by 36 inches) used by 'Burt Reynolds' was converted by ASC (American Sunroof Corporation) outside Detroit, Michigan using the front doors from a 1979-81 Dodge St. Regis sedan. This limousine was used in Reynolds previous film Sharkey's Machine and Stick. Co-star Frank Sinatra had a similar limousine converted by the same coachbuilder - which is still owned by the Sinatra family (which was confirmed by a friend of Frank Sinatra Jr. in 2006).
Hal Needham, on the first film's commentary, talked about how Frank Sinatra showed up very early on the set of this film to get his parts shoot, and then left before the other actors even showed up. If you watch closely during the office scene, Sinatra is never on film with the other actors. A few times his back is shown with the other characters facing him, but this is a double.
According to his memoirs Roger Moore was again offered the role of Seymour Goldfarb but turned it down, feeling the joke could go no further. His final female companion had been injured in a car crash on the last day of shooting the original film which was also influential in his refusing the sequel.
As this movie features Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, 'Sammy Davis Jr' and Shirley MacLaine, this movie is arguably the final ever "Rat Pack" movie (i.e. of the 1960s Rat Pack stars, note Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford are not in this film). For this movie, it was the final cinema theatrical movie for both Martin and Sinatra.
Frank Sinatra receives second top billing (after Burt Reynolds in this movie's closing credits list even though he only has a small cameo role and appears only in two sequences in the movie.
Final of the 1970s-1980s action car stunt comedies for Burt Reynolds. These films included the 'Smokey and the Bandit' and 'Cannonball Run' movie series as well as Stroker Ace (1983) and Hooper (1978).
Final 'Cannonball Run' movie for all the acting cast except Jamie Farr who appeared in the third movie Cannonball Fever (1989), the only actor from the series to do so.
Roger Moore parodied his James Bond persona in the first The Cannonball Run (1981) movie, driving an Aston Martin and frequently, when on camera, a scene was introduced with James Bondesque music. Though Moore does not return in this sequel (see above trivia item), there are a number of new James Bond connections in this follow-up. This movie features Richard Kiel who had played Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) and Telly Savalas who had played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). This movie features a car that can turn itself into a submersible vehicle a la the underwater car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) whilst Kiel is often seen brandishing his teeth (real, not metal) in a number of shots. Savalas' character as Hymie Kaplan is seen spinning out of control after Arnold (Kiel) gives him the right hook - similar to the scene where Bond dispatches Sir Hugo Drax out of an airlock in Moonraker (1979).
The actual correct full name of the real Cannonball Run race was the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. Besides The Cannonball Run, it was also known as the Cannonball Baker.
This film is one of three pictures that actors Jim Nabors and Burt Reynolds made together, all of them being early 1980s movies. They are: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Stroker Ace (1983) and Cannonball Run II (1984).
Roger Moore later regretted his decision to turn down a role in this film after finding out Frank Sinatra was appearing. In his autobiography, he states of this, "Regrets, I've had a few, but too few to mention..."
According to Hal Needham in the first film's commentary, they almost got in trouble with the Bond producers because of Roger Moore's role; being that he, among other things, had a car with gadgets. In this film, Jackie Chan's car has all the gadgets a la James Bond (even more than Chan's car had in the first film); and Chan's partner is Richard Kiel, most famous for his role as James Bond's nemesis "Jaws".
Jill and Marcie drive four different cars in the film, all of which have different types of door.
Burt Reynolds once said in 1982, about a couple of years before this picture, that he wasn't going to make any more "car chase" movies.
At the end of the first movie, Seymour says "Maybe next year, we'll do this again." This sequel is in fact established as taking place the following year. Ironicly, Seymour isn't in it.
Four characters who were not given names in the original return and are given names: Jill, Marcie, Terry, and Mel. Strangely, Mel (Mel Tillis) is the only one of the four who wasn't recast.


Frank Sinatra:  Sinatra made a cameo appearance in this film after listening to Dean Martin and 'Sammy Davis Jr' go on and on about how much fun they had during the first film (this is according to director Hal Needham in the first film's DVD commentary).

Director Cameo 

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

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