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The film that best captures the pure joy of open-road driving.
roarshock18 June 2000
So, you've just spent thousands of dollars on a new home entertainment center and you want to take it for a spin around the block... what movie do you watch? 'Gumball Rally' would be a lovely choice. It's pure simple fun filled with raw visceral sights and sounds. Leave the serious films till later, this one will make you feel you've gotten your money's worth. Capturing the heart and soul of the real life "Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" of the '70s, it's the tale of an unofficial, illegal, recurring race from New York to Los Angeles... anything goes. And what goes? Lapchick, the Mad Hungarian, trying to spend 36 hours non-stop on a motorcycle; a van filled with hundreds of gallons of fuel so they don't have to delay for fuel stops; Raul Julia as the Italian race driver Franco and his famous first rule of Italian driving. And in that over-filmed concrete gully known as the LA River there is the BEST sequence ever shot there when a Ferrari Daytona duels with a 427 Cobra... they didn't rely simply on trick shots and undercranked cameras, often the cars were really driven to their limits. Forget the later, far inferior 'Cannonball' movies; the 'Gumball' people actually knew their cars, and they'll have you craving a powerful engine, a full tank of gas, and the open road.
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7/10
Best of the genre
witster1819 March 2008
Upon first view.. one will chuckle at the 70's production value in the opening sequence.

Get past that.

Gumball is the best of the cross-country race genre. Much better than any film in the Cannonball series. Why? For one...It's just as funny. Filled with some great lines and chock full of fantastic car sequences. Turning the speakers up may make it sound like you are at a Busch race. Raul Julia steals the show as far as the characters. Every moment that he's on the screen you'll have a smile from ear to ear.

"55 is unsafe....it's slow enough to make you think you're safe....but it's fast enough to kill you" Many scenes were shot at breathtaking speeds WITH THE ACTUAL ACTORS....this really adds to the realism... and overall, every car sequence is eye-popping. Where the 70's production value detracts from the film in the opening sequence....it actually helps in others...like when it adds a lightheartedness to the absolutely awesome downstretch in the waterways with the music....and of course the cars making music to automobile fans...Ferrari Daytona zipping....427 cobra roaring... steam from the water flying off the engine block.

The actors had fun making this one...and I had fun watching...all 20 some odd times.

shhhhhhhh..... ..........GUMBALL! 71/100
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8/10
The True Purpose of the Movie
i0024926 February 2006
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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7/10
Great Driving Scenes
woofthebark25 February 2001
The driving sequences through the early mourning streets of New York City are some of the best I have ever seen. There are no camera tricks. The drivers really are launching those incredible cars around the corners at full throttle. The movie is worth watching just for the incredible driving. So few films do it correctly, fortunately this is not one of those films.
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7/10
"What's behind me is not important!"
bannonanthony14 January 2003
Warning: Spoilers
I first saw this film some years ago, and recently, I recorded it. Fans of racing movies will not be disappointed as the actions on display here is brilliant! This film came before the CANNONBALL RUN films but is every bit as enjoyable as those films are. There are no real big name stars here (apart from the late Raul Julia) but the performances are all great.

SPOILER WARNINGS:

Candy tycoon Michael Sarrazin is the arranger of the illegal race from New York to Long Beach, California (naturally). He presumably does this as he has nothing better to do with his time. He and long-time rival Tim McIntire are the two main racers. Unlike the Cannonball Run, there is no cash prize up for grabs, just a trophy shaped like a gumball machine. I guess the main prize for the racers is the fun they have along the way. Of course, the racers are a lovable bunch of eccentrics. Sarrazin races in a Shelby Cobra with a Harvard professor as his partner. McIntire and Julia (a real race driver brought in as a ringer) race in a red Ferrari. A Southern daredevil driver and his mechanic (a young Gary Busey) race in a yellow Camaro. Two elderly upper-class gentlemen drive a Mercedes. Two LA cops drive in their police cruiser (complete with cop car badges for every state they drive through). Two attractive ladies drive a Porsche and the main group is completed by a psychotic Hungarian motorcyclist. There are some other cars involved in the race, but none of them get really far (One car, a Jaguar, doesn't even get started!). Unofficially taking part in the race is the young mechanic Jose who is transporting a Rolls-Royce to California, and brings his crazy girlfriend along for the ride.

Trying to stop the racers every step of the way is Lt. Roscoe. He tries just about anything to try and stop the racers, but they more often than not dance rings around him. There are plenty of laughs in the film, but there are times when the humour doesn't always work. One example of this is when the two cops are pulled over by a Highway patrolman and they convince him that they are shooting a movie. I just didn't like that part. Also, the character of Angie, Jose's girlfriend is rather odd. At one point, a bunch of bikers leer at her and get ready to make trouble but she still goes and gets a soda, placing herself in danger. She must REALLY be nuts!

All in all, the film is great entertainment. The cars are all great looking and the driving is excellent. The performances are also very good, with Julia, McIntire, Sarrazin, Burton(who played Felix Leiter in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER), Jason and Busey being real standouts. Watch this one if you want a good time!
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Made me drool for the cars, and cheer for the antics
nomercy12 May 1999
This is the ultimate anti-Ralph Nader movie.

This movie should be must-see at driving schools, to show drivers-to-be the difference between pointing a car and actually DRIVING.

This movie truly has a sense of humor, as anyone who has owned a sports car can tell you.

From the classic "Lucas-the prince-of-darkness" electrical system of the Jaguar, to the (much cheered by us European car buffs) "corvette incident" (I do not want to give it away).

My favourite is, of course, the motorcyclist, who, if I recall correctly, does not say anything at all during the movie, but steals the show when he is on.

Great fun and several levels above the later copycat "Cannonball Run" series.

Particularly liked by good drivers with a sense of humour.
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10/10
Enjoy grins per minute in this joyous flaunt of absurd speed laws
jeffchan20 October 1998
Gumball Rally immortalizes Brock Yates' Cannonball Baker cross-continent (and illegal) street races in a joyously anti-establishment poke at the Nixon/Carter era 55 MPH national speed limit. (I like it far better than Yates' own subsequent Cannonball Run movies.) Gumball Rally features a cast of young stars that includes Raul Julia as the instantly seductive (and fast in multiple senses) Ferrari team driver Franco, a ringer hired by Smith (a Yates-esque scallywag played by Tim McIntyre) to co-pilot their Ferrari Daytona Spyder past Bannon's (Michael Sarrazin) painfully-quick Cobra. The two childhood rivals are joined by Gary Busey and John Durren in a full-race Camaro, a Porsche driven by two beautiful women, and a vintage Mercedes 300 driven by equally vintage old gentleman racers. Rounding out the field with varying success are a van with enough gas to make the three thousand plus mile trip without refueling, a Corvette, Jaguar, Rolls Royce being transported to California for a wealthy individual by Tricia O'Neil's mechanic boyfriend, a stealthy police cruiser, and masochistic motorcyclist.

Along the way the scofflaws outwit radar-bearing police, skirt mechanical failure, encounter a motorcycle gang, and meet environmental hazards like bored-to-sleep 55 MPH drivers in disintegrating cars, ice patches, and L.A. traffic. The fast highway driving is terrific and the start-of-race dawn blast through a waking New York City is grins per second. But the real targets of this automotive lampoon are mediocrity, sheepish conformism, and lowest common denominator laws. The heroes demonstrate complete disdain for safety-nazi rules which in turn embody elitist contempt for individual freedom, responsibility and potential. By rebelling they celebrate a joy of life that's being watered down and restricted by a parent-substitute government that knows what's good for you better than you do.

The fall 1998 Laserdisc and DVD release of Gumball Rally is a treat for freedom-loving car nuts. On the technical side, the widescreen image and digital sound transfer are extremely clean; it never sounded or looked this good in theaters. The sound of Ferrari Daytona V-12, Cobra V-8, Mercedes 300 six, race-tuned Camaro and others running wide open on American highways is authentic and spine tingling. Rapid, efficient driving by a stunt crew that includes '60s Cobra racer John Morton is the real thing too. Freshly found digital fidelity greatly enhances this fun and exuberantly irreverent flick.
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Classic Road Race Comedy
critic_at_large24 August 2002
Somehow this movie came and went on DVD and I missed out. My loss.

This is one of the great outlaw road race comedies - better than Cannonball

Run, better than most of the Smokey and the Bandit movies. Time-warp

yourself back to America in 1976 with its national 55 mile-per-hour speed

limit and a recent history of gas rationing, and you will better appreciate

the spirit of this film. The incomparable Raul Julia is superb as the ringer Italian race car driver hired to win for the Ferrari team. Norman Burton

defines for generations the frustrated cop role in this film, and a youthful

Garey Busey tears up the screen as a rebel hick in a Camaro. I still get a

chill when I see the Cobra and Ferrari tearing down the Long Beach flood

control channels with no speed limits, lots of water and smooth concrete,

and the California sun shining down, and I still can't visit the Queen Mary

without seeing the Gumball Rally finish line and the lovely young insurance

policy hired by Michael Sarrizin. Mindless fun, but like a Sunday drive up

the coast, well-worth the trip. And if you find an extra copy of the DVD,

please send it my way!!!
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6/10
What's Behind Me...
directoroffantasies30 October 2004
Chuck Bail, a stunt performer on Steve McQueen's "Have Gun, Will Travel", contributed some memorable bits of dialogue to this script. I've lost count of the number of times I and others have repeated Raul Julia's judgment on the rear view mirror, "What's behind me is not important". Inevitably, any spectacularly ugly car we come across "looks like a jukebox". And on and on.

Julia, whose participation in this film was not generally cited in obituaries, and Gary Busey were performers whose careers took off afterward.

The remainder of the cast consists of moderately well known players, some still to be seen on soaps and occasionally in prime time guest shots. Normann Burton as a New York cop on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Harvey Jason as a bizarro motorcyclist stand out.

As is usually the case in movies about automobile racing, lots of expert stuntwork is on display here. Scenes of pure speed, though, do not get in the way of funnymen being funny.
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9/10
A must-see for petrolheads everywhere
Jim_Gillespie19 May 2005
Warning: Spoilers
This is a film about driving fast cars, fast. There's enough plot to keep your interest, but not so much that it gets in the way of the action.

The tone of the film isn't exactly tongue in cheek, but there's enough humour to be entertaining without really turning it into a comedy.

One of my favourite things about this film is the soundtrack, which lets the music of the engines set the mood. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that one scene features a Ferrari Daytona being driven full-throttle through the deserted streets of New York City, with the wail of the engine reverberating from the skyscrapers.

The standard of acting is high; the stars for me (apart from the cars) are Raul Julia and Gary Busey as two of the more flamboyant characters. And let us not forget Lapchik, the Mad Hungarian. Well, you don't get normal people participating in endurance events on 350cc two-stroke motorcycles!
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Hilarious racing
Hawks_Girl15 July 2000
If you're looking for non-stop racing, wild chases and more of the old good movies, check out "the Gumball Rally". It's fast and hilarious, it's old but it didn't lose its charm. My personal favorites were Michael Bannon and Samuel Graves and the car they drove - a beautiful, blue Shelby Cobra. To find out who wins is up to you - so watch it!

There's one negative point I have to add: during the movie, you will only see freaky, no-limit racing and a speed above 100 mph. Oh yes, enjoy the Ferrari 275 GTB. Beside the 250 GT California in FBDO, this is a unique car you won't see a lot in movies!
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7/10
If you are a gear head....
wlb1 July 2008
Just seeing these cars when in 1976 they were still "cheap" enough to not simply be garage queens - a Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, 427 Cobra, Ferrari Daytona Spyder, E-Type Jag...

This is based loosely on a true race, Brock Yate's original Cannon Ball Run - in which, if I am not mistaken, was in 1971 and like the movie, left Manhattan but ended up in Redondo Beach. Yates and Dan Gurney won in a Ferrari Daytona Coupe at 35:54, and surprisingly a Chevy Van was second some 50 minutes later.

Like the actual race there was some contestants who had a specially rigged van with a huge gas tank that was supposed to take them across the country without need for a fill up - nothing said on bathroom breaks.

If you are looking for a movie with some deep social message this isn't the one but if you like cars (and listening to the wonderful noises of the Cobra and Ferrari) this is the movie...
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THE best racing movie EVER!!!!
buckaroobanzai5029 January 2003
Whenever this film is on TV, I always go out of my way to watch it. The script isn't over written, nor is the acting overdone as it had been well cast. Raul julia is excellent as as italian lothario who risks losing the race to make time with a groupie. Michael Sarazzin, here playing a bored tycoon, is always excellent in all the '70s movies he made. Whatever happened to him? Anyone out there know. The many stories and characters intertwine neatly, and don't outstay their welcome. Gary Busey also stars as a lame-brain racer, and later went on to portray many a villian in future films.

This film actually inspired a really rich kid to organise an annual gumball around Europe and America. So how's that for an endorsement?

Forget The Cannonball Run and it's straining to get laughs. Check this out if you've never seen it before.
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8/10
A very amusing & enjoyable 70's cross country road race romp
Woodyanders4 May 2006
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This immensely lively and entertaining 70's tongue-in-cheek cross country road race romp stars Michael Sarrazin as the rich businessman who sponsors an illegal event from New York to Long Beach, California which attracts a colorfully flaky assortment of hardcore nutty car race enthusiasts. Among the race's kooky participants are the always great Tim McIntire as Sarrazin's bitter, yet amiable rival, an especially hilarious Raul Julia as a hysterically lecherous womanizing Italian driver (the lovely Colleen Camp pops up as a sweet young honey Julia happily jumps in the sack with), Nicholas Pryer as Sarrazin's anxious college professor co-pilot, Susan Fannery and Joanne Nail as a pair of sassy'n'sexy good-time gals, Gary Busey in his usual wild redneck yahoo role, Harvey Jason as a maniacal motorcyclist, and Vaughn Taylor and J. Pat O'Malloy as a couple of lovably laid-back doddering old guys. Norman Burton gives an uproariously broad performance as the ramrod killjoy police detective determined to stop the race. Director Chuck Bail keeps the pace zipping along at a speedy rate, staging the copious vehicular carnage with a genuinely rousing rip-snorting panache, stoking the sidesplitting silly humor to a cartoonishly high-pitched degree and eliciting engagingly spirited performances from a uniformly solid cast. The opening third is a tad drawn-out, but once the race itself gets underway the film kicks into third gear, pops the clutch, and puts the pedal to the metal by really delivering the expected tire-screeching, rubber-burning, automobile-wrecking goods with infectiously carefree and giddy go-for-it abandon. Both Richard Glouner's vibrant cinematography and Dominic Frontiere's delightfully sprightly score greatly enhance the overall irresistibly goofy and good-natured merriment. To sum up, "The Gumball Rally" makes for a sound source of exuberantly wacky and light-hearted fun.
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10/10
Internal Combustion Orgy
rayray-16 October 2001
If you are a true gearhead, then this movie is for you! Although the plot doesn't leave much to write about, the fantasy of ramming through the gears of a high performance car across the country in an illegal race is more than enough to make you sit through the campy '70's look and feel of this movie. The Cobra's 427 and the down-shifting of the Tremec 5-speed transmission is music to my ears and the Ferrari's 365 V-12 complete throaty growl of these two beasts duking it out for the last few miles of the race. Don't forget the supporting arsenal which includes a Porsche 911, a Z-28, the two fogies in a Mercedes, the fake cops in a souped-up Dodge police cruiser, and the maniacal Hungarian on a Kawasaki! Not many real laughs or substance, but the engines and cars are priceless. I hope this comes out on DVD soon.
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8/10
A hilariously anarchic race!
Tweekums6 April 2012
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When bored executive Michael Bannon utters the word 'Gumball' various people across the United States drop whatever they are doing and head for New York City. They are all going to take part in the highly unofficial and highly illegal Gumball Rally; a race from New York to Long Beach, California. With the exception of one man on a motorcycle each team is made up of two drivers in a car; mostly high performance sports cars but also a van, a Rolls Royce and a fake police car; the only rule to the race is that there are no rules! Not everybody is there to enjoy the event; Lt. Roscoe, a California policeman, is determined to arrest as many of the drivers as he can... he just has to catch them first. Not all of the competitors will make it to California; in fact some of them won't get out of New York and those that do make it will have to go through various scrapes involving the police, other competitors, a motorcycle gang and even a flock of butterflies!

This film isn't chock full of A-list actors, the only ones I recognised were Gary Busey and Raul Julia, however everybody performed well and because of the lack of big names it was hard to guess who would get to the end and who would drop out near the start. The race itself had plenty of hilarious incidents and as the drivers approached the end it actually got fairly tense as the viewer wills their personal favourite to win; my personal favourite was Lapchick the Mad Hungarian motorcyclist... he was hilarious! Filmed long before CGI the stunts are all real and for the most part performed by the actors making it seem far more real than more modern films where the director would no doubt give in to the temptation of adding lots of CGI explosions and crashes! The premise of an unofficial race had been done before and has been done again since but this is one of the best examples of the genre and because it contains no offensive material it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
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8/10
i can't drive 55
smoothie-417 January 1999
you GOTTA love this film for what it is, the ultimate race across the country, flat out with the sound of sreeching rubber,highpowered cars and keytonelike cops scrambling to catch our favorite fast ride. carlovers must have this gem in some form or fashion (vhs,dvd,laserdisc,taped from tv)
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10/10
you know, the '70s actually look kinda neat
lee_eisenberg24 May 2006
Usually, the 1970s have been known as the nadir of culture. But in movies like "The Gumball Rally", the Me Decade looks mighty fine. As to the subject of whether or not this movie was particularly characteristic of that era, I don't know specifically (although 1976 also saw the release of "The Big Bus", another wacky vehicle-related flick).

Anyway, this movie portrays an illegal, secretive cross-country car race involving folks from just about every walk of life, and the prize is a gum-ball machine; meanwhile, a grouchy cop wants to arrest every participant. The nominal star is Michael Sarrazin ("They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"), as current champion Michael Bannon. Probably the only other recognizable faces in it are Gary Busey and Raul Julia. But of course, the real stars are the cars themselves, all as souped-up as was possible at the time.

Of course, it wouldn't be a car race comedy without some crashes. And believe you me, there are some funny ones here! Moreover, every group has some tricks up their sleeves; it really makes one nostalgic for the days when everyone felt the need to ditch the rules, especially with what happens to the cop.

All in all, it's a movie that you're sure to love. A real comedy classic. And to think that just the year before, Michael Sarrazin had starred in "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud", which in my opinion deserved more than almost any other movie to get shown on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". So watch this movie, and watch "The Big Bus" with it. You're sure to get a kick out of both.
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8/10
Fun, escapist viewing
BruceUllm6 September 2005
I think we've all wanted to defy the law and drive like crazy for the thrill of it. Usually, our adult minds consider the serious legal, personal and professional consequences of going nuts on the road, though. But, what if... That is, what if you had plenty of money in the bank and no one seemed to mind if you didn't show up for work or accepted your explanation that you'd be away "somewhere" for a week or so. Lest we forget all of the expensive ground support for you along the way. The Ferrari pit crew and mechanized, ramp-quipped tractor trailer come to mind. Nor would it hurt to have bumbling cops all along the way who never seem to think to call ahead to the next states. After all, this is not the first "Gumball Rally".

However, if you suspend disbelief and just roll with it, "Gumball Rally" is great fun and pretty funny. Watching those hot cars and hearing some great engines flat out is satisfying, too.

I just got my new DVD of the movie and the print and sound are excellent.

So, put your modern viewpoint aside, forget about fuel costs, insurance premiums and potential felony reckless driving citations...and just enjoy!
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Why isn't this on DVD?
ZR RIFLE9 September 2002
After watching this again (after over 25 years), it's better than I remembered....alot better. Blows away Canonball Run and all the other copy-cat movies - the stunts and gags are both spontaneous and carefully pulled off. If you like the hot-rod/racing flicks, this is one to add to your collection. Only question/complaint I have is, why isn't this out on DVD? If Canonball Run (half as funny in my opinion) is out on DVD, why isn't this one? Only because Canonball has a star-studded cast? Not that Gumball is lacking in entertainters, but c'mon.....this one deserves to be on DVD, and besides, the VHS picture quality is quite poor. Still doesn't rob from the fun, though....
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8/10
The original that caused all the copy cats
ugmetuf8 May 2005
The movie has a lot of action. The race scenes are very well choreographed. Here are two examples (you really have to see it to really now what I'm talking about). NYC break of day, the streets are empty and quiet. All of a sudden there is a thunderous roar of classic car engines as the race begins. Next you see the cars hauling butt down the deserted streets of the city. Another classic scene is where two cars duel it out in the aqueducts in CA on their way to the finish line. It really looked like fun and I know if I ever got the chance, I would love to duplicate that scene.

The character development is a little flat, but the real point wasn't about the characters, it was about the race, hence it's name.

Many movies copied the format of this movie. Cannonball Run is the best known of the knock-offs. I still thought that GBR was a much better film than Cannonball Run. Remember, if it wasn't good, people wouldn't have copied it.
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9/10
better than cannonball run
LBJC52316 July 2002
this is one of the funniest movies i have seen. it has a great cast,who portray very likable characters. raul julia is terrific as the "great italian lover", franco bertollini. if you liked cannonball run you should check out gumball rally, it came first and in my opinon is better.
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6/10
Before Smokey & the Bandit, Before Cannonball Run...there was Gumball Rally
nomoons1127 December 2011
When you see this you'll immediately notice the similarities to Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run.

With Smokey and the Bandit you'll recognize the plot line about the can't catch anyone police detective. He tries and tries but just can't get the dastardly illegal speedsters.

This was obviously a first attempt and recreating, on film, the Cannonball Run road race of the early 70's. Imo, this film is a lot funner than the original Cannonball Run film of the early 80's. There are no stars and a lot fast and really cool cars. A lot of the situations in this have 0 plausibility but I think that wasn't a major focus when this was made. The cars are the stars of this film..and there are some seriously cool ones to say the least.

There's no doubt that this film influenced the two 2 above mentioned films in this review so if you want a little fun in your day and fast cars are what gets you going', try Gumball Rally and hang on to your seats...It's gonna be a fast ride.
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6/10
Gumball mean anything to you?
lost-in-limbo28 February 2008
Talk about a sub-genre being popular in the 70s, and through into the early 80s. "The Gumball Rally" is a boundlessly, cheerful and comically illicit cross-country road race from New York to Long Beach, Los Angeles. What's waiting for the winner at the finish line… pride… and a tiny gumball machine. The fruitful characters, are thoughtfully picked to participate in the race. The secret word is… Gumball. They are quite stock-like, but in this case it's the mettle and happy-go-lucky awe that makes them all rather bearable, and actually enjoyable to watch. Dialogues are arrantly sharp, and amusing in the character's exchanges. Mainly for me, it was that of the Norman Burton's hell-bent police detective, who's doing anything possible to bring to a halt the race. Burton's straight performance is rather humorous, and truly makes for some pleasurable sequences. The presentable cast; Michael Sarrazin, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia, Susan Fannery, Joanne Nail, Harvey Jason and Gary Busey are all good-willed, living it up in their parts. Since it's a one-trick pony premise, director Chuck Bail delivers on the flavorous, episodic goods (outrageously chaotic vehicle stunts and getting those engines purring) in a nippy fashion that never loses momentum, or in what it wants to be. There are sight gags aplenty. Sure some might be misfires, but the bang-up visual feast makes up for it. The cinematography is smoothly done, and the playful music score pines into the upbeat groove of the film. It wasn't as good, as I first remembered it to be (mainly the slow beginning to set-up the whole situation), but this gimmicky, light-headed farce lazily passes the time.
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7/10
Wonderful, guilty fun
editguy12 August 2006
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Let's face it -- this isn't a movie case you'd proudly display atop your entertainment center, any more than Smokey and the Bandit II.

Having said that, this movie is pure out-and-out fun. Michael Sarrazin and Tim McIntire play two successful businessman who can't outgrow their competitiveness. Every so often they acquire devilishly fast cars and race from New York to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, inviting select friends and accomplices along for the ride. The crew includes two senior citizens in a Mercedes, two chicks in a bomber of a Porsche, a very young Gary Busey in a bright yellow Camaro, and of course Lapchick, the Mad Hungarian on a two-wheeler. Long-suffering Roscoe the cop tries to collar the alleged perps for gross speeding, creating a menace, and inflicting heartburn with predictable results. Raul Julia rounds out the cast as a "borrowed" Formula 1 driver brought in as a ringer.

This movie came out right after the nationwide imposition of 55mph, catalytic converters, and other motoring buzzkills, and it's a little shocking to see gas at 60 cents. Those were the days, eh?

Very well made for a B-movie, excellent photography and editing and the story, though it's a one-liner, makes for an entertaining evening of mindless fun. No deep plots, no intrigue, no worries -- draw the blinds, crank up the stereo speakers, put it in top gear and have at it.
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