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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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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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A comedy that's over the limit and beyond the law! See more »


Comedy | Action


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Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cannonball Fever  »

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$3,077,361 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie Charles Cronan is watching in his office is the beginning of the first movie in the series The Cannonball Run (1981). See more »


When John Candy's character is evading the police backward he drives over the rail road tracks, the footage was reversed as the dust picked up goes down into the ground rather than in the air. See more »


Leo Ross: Tiffany, sweetie. You remember Charlie, our driver?
Tiffany: Hello again, Mr. Cronin.
Charlie Cronin: [raspy voiced] Hello! Hello, hello?
Leo Ross: Charlie, you remember Tiffany, don't you?
Charlie Cronin: [raspy voiced] Yes! Yes. Oatmeal, I forgot to add the water.
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References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) See more »


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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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