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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.


Paul Bartel


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




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)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The annual Trans-American outlaw road race - A cross country demolition derby without rules! See more »


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Did You Know?


David Carradine ended up staging all the fight scenes in the movie, including the one with him and John Herzfeld, playing Bennie's cohort Sharpe, disguised as the fake motorcycle cop. Herzfeld did some amateur boxing before becoming an actor/filmmaker. See more »


In the pile-up on the freeway, the same yellow Cadillac hits the pile twice. See more »


Cameraman in Helicopter: [Coy is followed into the garage where he is to stamp the winning ticket] How'd you avoid the big pile-up, Cannonball?
Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman: What pile-up?
Bennie Buckman: It was just a couple cars that crashed on the freeway. It was nothing.
Cameraman in Helicopter: Nothing? You call seventeen people in the hospital nothing? It all started with the red Trans Am. We thought it was you, at first.
Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman: Linda and Zippo were in that car. Bennie, what the hell's going on?
Bennie Buckman: They're fine. Come on, will you?
[to the cameraman]
Bennie Buckman: Just leave us alone, huh?
Cameraman in Helicopter: I saw the whole thing from ...
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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 »


References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »


Oh, How I'll Cry When You Go
Music by Paul Bartel
Lyrics by Paul Bartel
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User Reviews

Great laugh!
14 April 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

The story of "Cannonball" is about an illegal coast-to-coast car race in the USA. Of course, also some saboteurs are on the road to guarantee a not smoothly course of events...

Obviously not as great as Paul Bartel´s predecessor "Death Race 2000" "Cannonball" is a trash classic and cheese de luxe: cheesy acting, cheesy stunts, cheesy humour, cheesy dialogues... take a lot of car chases, explosions and add some campy humour and you´ve got "Cannonball"! But it´s always great fun to watch! A highly entertaining C-grade movie which is also very interesting for the prominent supporting cast, because Roger Corman, Martin Scorcese, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante or Sly Stallone have small roles in this funny gem!

Fasten your seat belts and enjoy!!!

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8 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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