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Cannonball! (1976)

This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 miles per hour isn't going to ... See full summary »

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

This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 miles per hour isn't going to win. They'll need to drive a little faster than that. Well actually, they will need to drive MUCH faster than 55. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

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


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

Mary Woronov didn't know how to drive when she acted in this film, so the van she drives in this movie had to be towed with a rope. See more »

Goofs

After Coy switches from the Firebird to the Mustang, in the sequence where he runs Cade Redman off the road, the shots of Coy steering and downshifting show him in the Firebird. This is obvious from the shape of the car's rear window behind him. See more »

Quotes

TV Producer: We're trying to get a word here with Brad Phillips, organizer of the race. Brad, tell me, your race has been called an outlaw sporting event. Do you have any comment on that?
Brad Phillips: Well, the police and safety officals around the country get upset because our drivers tend to exceed the speed limits.
TV Producer: Are you saying you're promoting illegality?
Brad Phillips: Well, no, no. I didn't say that.
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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

Featured in That Guy Dick Miller (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Sorry
Music by Paul Bartel
Lyrics by Paul Bartel
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HIGH OCTANE FUN WITH CHEAP GAS PRICE
10 September 2003 | by SGECKO67See all my reviews

This film is proof positive that you do not need a large budget, an A-list cast, or a complex script to entertain. Some times ya just need Fast cars, beautiful girls, and quirky characters(some played way over the top). Cannonball delivers just that,and becomes a joyride of a film. One of the first two car films based on the real"CANNONBALL SEA-TO-SHINING SEA RACE",(the other being"THE GUMBALL RALLY")it is far better than Hal Needhams "CANNONBALL RUN" films. Where they are goofy,and unintresting, "CANNONBALL" and "GUMBALL RALLY" are funny, and entertaining.

The acting,and directing while not awe inspiring is consistent.(comon we have seen much worse). And I love the seventies(porno film) stock that this was shot on. Maybe im just too sentimental, but at two in the mornin,fix some hot pockets, open a cold beer, and start your engines. Unfortunately this film is not available on dvd, and even Amazon doesnt show a copy on vhs.


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