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Cannonball Fever (1989)

Speed Zone (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Action | 21 April 1989 (USA)
An illegal race that takes place over the United States and nothing will stop this bunch of racers except for the occasional cop or a damsel in distress. Jackie Chan's car is not in this ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack O'Neill
Lea Roberts
Valentino Rosatti


An illegal race that takes place over the United States and nothing will stop this bunch of racers except for the occasional cop or a damsel in distress. Jackie Chan's car is not in this one, but many new cars make up for that. Who will win? Who will crash? Who will not even finish? Sit down and buckle up for the ride of your life. Written by Billy Plessel <billp5@juno.com>

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Life Begins After 55! See more »


Comedy | Action


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Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cannonball Fever  »

Box Office


$3,077,361 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many actors in this film appeared in SCTV. John Candy and Eugene Levy pulled a lot of favours to get fellow cast members and friends to appear in this movie. Rick Moranis turned down the role of Whitman. See more »


When they are about to start the race, the tail lights of Valentinos Lambo Countach are the original LP500 ones, later when they race Alec and Vic in their Jag, the tail lights are the same as those on the 25th Anniversary edition of the LP500. See more »


[Margaret's Fuzzbuster goes off]
Margaret: That's strange. That only happens when there's cops around. Say, sugar, whatcha got under there?
[Gus takes off his towel]
Gus Gold: Nothing.
Lea Roberts: You're right about that.
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References King Kong (1976) See more »


Tiffany's Theme
Written, Performed and Produced by David Wheatley
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1 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this intended "Cannonball Run 3," amateurs replace professional drivers at the last minute before an illegal cross-country race. The real amateurs, however, were behind the camera. Jim Drake (who did some fine TV work) lazily directs this film based on an unfunny Michael Short (Martin's brother) script, complete with an obnoxious music soundtrack and bland stunt work. Even the cameos look unenthusiastic. And we don't even know who's leading the competition until the very end, a cardinal sin in racing movies. The main cast is quite talented (no fewer than 3 SCTV alums) but it looks like everyone flew in for their two weeks of filming and went home; there's simply no inspiration between the actors. During the closing credits we see John Candy, Donna Dixon and company riding around in amusement park bumper cars -- Lord, do they look utterly embarrassed. I wasn't demanding Shakespeare, but a competently-made, well-acted comedy (along the lines of Splash or Animal House) shouldn't have been out of the question, either.

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