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Jill and Marcie drive four different cars in the film, all of which have different types of door.
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As this movie features Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Shirley MacLaine, it is arguably the final ever "Rat Pack" movie (original Rat Pack members Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford are not in this film). For this movie, it was the final film for both Martin and Sinatra.
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.
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.
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..."
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).
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Final "Cannonball Run" movie for all the cast except Jamie Farr, who appeared in the third movie Cannonball Fever (1989).
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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.
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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.
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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.
Jackie Chan appears as part of a contractual obligation to Warner Bros.
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The second film for both Bobby Berosini's orangutan and Tony Danza. The first was Going Ape! (1981).
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Frank Sinatra receives second top billing (after Burt Reynolds in the closing credits, even though he only has a small cameo role and appears only in two sequences.
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This film is one of three that Jim Nabors and Burt Reynolds made together. The other two were The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and Stroker Ace (1983).
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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 films Sharky's Machine (1981) and Stick (1985). Co-star Frank Sinatra had a similar limousine converted by the same coachbuilder, which is still owned by the Sinatra family.
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Burt Reynolds said in 1982, a couple of years before this picture, that he wasn't going to make any more "car chase" movies.
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Roger Moore parodied his James Bond persona in the first "Cannonball Run" film, 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, there are a number of new James Bond connections: 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), while Kiel is often seen brandishing his teeth (real, not metal) in a number of shots. Savalas' character "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".
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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.
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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.
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Aside from playing Victor, Dom DeLuise also played the mob boss father of Don Don Cannelloni, who behaves and speaks similar to The Godfather (1972)'s main character, Don Corleone. Nine years later Deluise again played a similar character in _Robin Hood Men in Tights (1990)_ (v), a film directed by his long time collaborator Mel Brooks.
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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".
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At some point during their first scene in the film, Sammy Davis Jr.. sang a few lines form his popular 1972 song "The Candyman". Dean Martin, meanwhile, sang few lines from the chorus of his 1964 trademark song "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes" before entering the room. Both songs were considered their most successful and hit #1 in The Billboard Hot 100.
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On certain original beta video covers it stated this movie was the debut of the monster truck Bigfoot in motion picture movie, cashing in on the popularity of the truck in the mid 1980s. It's actually not a true fact, as Bigfoot first appeared in Take This Job And Shove It (1981)
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In the scene where Victor suggests he and J.J. bring along the two nuns, Victor says if they do, God will be their co-pilot. In the first Cannonball Run film, Fenderbaum (Sammy Davis) says the same line to Blake (Dean Martin) when they're at Jimmy the Greek's betting place. Blake then slaps Fenderbaum's face saying "Where's (God) He gonna sit?"
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Molly Picon reprised her role as Mrs Goldfarb (Roger Moores mother in the original Cannonball Run) in the scene where Tony Danza, Mel Tillis and the arangatang drive through the stranded mobile home.
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In the DVD edition from Spain, distributed by "Selecta Visión", Shirley MacLaine erased from the poster and replaced by Jackie Chan. And Chan was changed by Tim Conway.
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Cameo 

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 (according to director Hal Needham in the first film's DVD commentary).
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Director Cameo 

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