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The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 19 June 1981 (USA)
A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... J. J. McClure
... Seymour
... Pamela
... Victor Prinzim
... Jamie Blake
... Fenderbaum
... Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing
... Marcie
... Terry
... Subaru Driver #1
... Brad
... Sheik
... Chief Biker
... A. F. Foyt
... Subaru Driver #2
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Storyline

This comedy film brings Burt Reynolds, Sir Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and an all-star cast to the starting line of the ultimate auto race, a madcap cross-country scramble that roars full-speed ahead. This action-comedy was inspired by an actual event: the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an anything goes, all-stops-out, and very much illegal, competition that has grown to legendary proportions within the last ten years. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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You'll root for them all...but you'll never guess who wins.

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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19 June 1981 (USA)  »

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The Cannonball Trophy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,765,654, 21 June 1981

Gross USA:

$72,179,579
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Trivia

This movie was based on a series of real races started by Brock Yates of Car and Driver Magazine. The final race was in 1979. Yates and Hal Needham entered the ambulance seen in the film. They had a doctor on-board, and Yates' wife Pamela as a patient. It blew its transmission in Palm Springs, California, and arrived in Long Beach on the back of a flatbed truck. A lot of the other vehicles were actual entries in that race. See more »

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In the road block scene, the unoccupied van's engine revs up as it accelerates towards the police car. In order for this to happen, someone would need to be pushing down on the gas pedal. See more »

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J.J. McClure: Hey, Victor, didja get anything to eat?
Victor Prinsi: Yeah, I gotta lotta goodies for you guys and a Big Gulp Dr Pepper for me!
[singing and dancing]
Victor Prinsi: "I'm a peppa/You're a peppa/He's a peppa/She's a peppa/Wouldn't ya like to be a peppa too?
J.J. McClure: [impatiently] WILL YOU GET IN HERE?
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Crazy Credits

An animated car drives around the 20th Century Fox logo, hiding out in the zero. It is chased by a police car, which crashes into one of the searchlights. The sequence ends with Burt Reynold's trademark laugh. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) See more »

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Written by Ben Peters (as B. Peters)
Performed by Lou Rawls
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Wildly entertaining comedy
10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

"The Cannonball Run" is a wild and crazy ride of a comedy about an illegal cross-country auto race. This movie was the third time star Burt Reynolds teamed up with director Hal Needham. Before "Cannonball Run" they made the first two "Smokey and the Bandit" pictures, and afterwards they made "Stroker Ace" and "Cannonball Run II". "The Cannonball Run" and the original "Smokey and the Bandit" are my favorites. Made back when Reynolds was hitting box office gold, "The Cannonball Run" auto race begins in Connecticut and features the goofy all-star cast passing each other up until they get to their final destination, California. In addition to Burt Reynolds, the movie also stars Dom DeLuise as Reynolds partner, Roger Moore pretending to be himself, Farrah Fawcett as the woman Reynolds and DeLuise pick up at the beginning of the race, and two late great entertainers: Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. as two phony priests driving a red Ferrari. All are involved in the race, and its a wild ride all the way to the finish. Adrienne Barbeau, Jackie Chan, Jamie Farr, Mel Tillis, and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw also star. Great fun.

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