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The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | | Comedy | 28 July 1976 (USA)
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An eclectic group of people take part in a secret, and illegal, cross country road race.

Director:

Charles Bail (as Chuck Bail)

Writers:

Leon Capetanos (screenplay), Charles Bail (story) (as Chuck Bail) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sarrazin ... Michael Bannon - Cobra Team
Norman Burton ... Lieutenant Roscoe (as Normann Burton)
Gary Busey ... Gibson - Camaro Team
John Durren ... Ace Preston / Mr. Guts - Camaro Team
Susan Flannery ... Alice - Porsche Team
Harvey Jason ... Lapchik the Mad Hungarian - Kawasaki
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Kandinsky - Dodge Team
Tim McIntire ... Steve 'Smitty' Smith - Ferrari Team
Joanne Nail ... Jane - Porsche Team
J. Pat O'Malley ... Barney Donahue - Mercedes Team
Tricia O'Neil ... Angie - Rolls Royce
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Jose - Rolls Royce (as Lazaro Perez)
Nicholas Pryor ... Prof. Samuel Graves - Cobra Team
Vaughn Taylor ... Andy McAllister - Mercedes Team
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Avila - Dodge Team
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Storyline

A group of people from different backgrounds have one thing in common: when they hear the world "gumball" whispered by one of the others, they know that it's time for the Gumball Rally: a no-holds barred, secret, winner-take-all rally across the USA. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's a hilarious coast-to-coast, 180 mile-an-hour, go-for-broke, outrageous road race with the world's most expensive cars. And it's all just for glory and a gumball machine.

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Comedy

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Trivia

The Cobras used in the filming (main car and a backup) were serial numbers CSX3255 and CSX3243 See more »

Goofs

All of the set-piece scenes with Roscoe and various state Highway Patrol units trying to bust the ralliers were shot on the same location, so that mountains are visible in the background in sequences supposedly taking place in flat Midwestern states. See more »

Quotes

Roscoe: One day, Bannon... you *and* Smith!
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Linda Vaughn ... Emergency Plan Alpha See more »

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Referenced in Sneak Previews: The Top Ten Films of 1976 (1977) See more »

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The True Purpose of the Movie
6 February 2006 | by i002492See all my reviews

I remember articles about the movie when it was still being shot. It was supposed to be a light hearted romp across the country with the cars being the stars. With that in mind, it succeeds greatly. My son and I have watched the "Garage Scene" over and over again. This movie is to car nuts what a porno is to sex nuts. It's hard to believe you can indulge yourself this much in front of the family without feeling guilty. :^)

Also, I've read a few of the comments and would like to make corrections here. The transmission in the Cobra (yes it was a real 427 Cobra) was a four speed "Toploader" transmission, not a 5 speed Tremec. There were no replica Cobras in those days. Also, the Ferrari was a 365 GTS/4. I also remember reading that the first Ferrari rented for the movie was totaled and they had to get another to take its place. However, that was over 30 years ago.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gumball Rally See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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