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Cannonball! (1976)

Cannonball (original title)
Racing across the country from L.A. to New York, a plethora of exotic cars carry contestants hoping to win a very large sum.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Paul Bartel (screenplay), Don Simpson (screenplay) (as Donald C. Simpson)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman
Bill McKinney ... Cade Redman
Veronica Hamel ... Linda Maxwell
Gerrit Graham ... Perman Waters
Robert Carradine ... Jim Crandell
Belinda Balaski ... Maryann
Judy Canova ... Sharma Capri
Archie Hahn ... Zippo
Carl Gottlieb ... Terry McMillan
Mary Woronov ... Sandy Harris, Girl in the Van #1
Diane Lee Hart ... Wendy, Girl in the Van #2
Glynn Rubin Glynn Rubin ... Ginny, Girl in the Van #3
James Keach ... Wolfe Messer
Dick Miller ... Bennie Buckman
Stanley Bennett Clay ... Beutell (as Stanley Clay)
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Storyline

Racing across the country from L.A. to New York, a plethora of exotic cars carry contestants hoping to win a very large sum.

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Taglines:

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannonball See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,270,000
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Carradine ended up staging all the fight scenes in the movie, including the one with him and John Herzfeld, playing the fake motorcycle cop. See more »

Goofs

As Messer's DeTomaso Pantera reaches 160 mph, a Dodge Polara police car was able to block the path the sports car and maintain pace at the same speed when in reality is impossible for a sedan built in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

TV Producer: [approaching sleek silver sports car] Now here is an interesting entry. You kids look more like, uh, surfers, than you do racing drivers
Jim Crandell: Well, surfing is bad this year.
TV Producer: Well, tell me, have you raced this, uh, uh...
Jim Crandell: Corvette.
TV Producer: ...corvette in any other race?
Jim Crandell: Uh, no.
Maryann: You see, it isn't exactly our car. Daddy, if you've been watching this, uh, everything's okay, we'll be bringing the car back in about a week.
TV Producer: Tell me something. Uh, uh, uh, anyway, I sure wish you luck, and I'll bet that hundred ...
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Crazy Credits

Legendary film producer Gabriel Katzka is credited as "friend" in the ending credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK theatrical version was cut to secure an A rating. In 2004 these cuts were waived and the film was passed uncut with a 12 rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Speed (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Green Eyed Surfer Boy
Music by Paul Bartel
Lyrics by Paul Bartel
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those wacky races
30 May 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

David Carradine takes part in an illegal anything goes cross-country race from California to New York. Paul Bartel's second attempt at the race movie, while good isn't as fun as his previous "Death Race 2000". It's still fun in parts, but lacks the pacing and memorable characters (except for Carradine and the always watchable Dick Miller)

My Grade: C+

DVD Extras: Interviews with David Carradine, Mary Woronov, and Roger Corman; Poster and Stills gallery; 3 TV spots; and Theatrical Trailer

1 Easter Egg: Highlight a hidden car in the Extras menu for a Carquake/ the giant spider invasion combo trailer


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