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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,... See more »

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J. J. McClure
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Seymour
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Pamela
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Victor Prinzim
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Jamie Blake
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Fenderbaum
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Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing
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Marcie
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Terry
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Subaru Driver #1
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Brad
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Sheik
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Chief Biker
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A. F. Foyt
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Subaru Driver #2
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Sheik's Sister
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Mom Goldfarb
Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder ...
The Greek
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Mel
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Mad Dog
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Shakey Finch
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Jill
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Desk Clerk
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Petoski
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Polish Racing Driver
Grayce Spence ...
Chair Person
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Biker (as Bob Tessier)
Alfie Wise ...
Batman
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TV Talk Show Host
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Seymour's Girl (as Lois Areno)
Simone Burton ...
Seymour's Girl
Finele Carpenter ...
Seymour's Girl
Susan McDonald ...
Seymour's Girl
Janet Woytak ...
Seymour's Girl
Ben Rogers ...
Pennsylvania Patrolman
James C. Lewis ...
Missouri Patrolman #1 (as Jim Lewis)
Fred Smith ...
California Patrolman #1
Roy Tatum ...
Connecticut Patrolman
Dudley Remus ...
New Jersey Patrolman #1
Hal Carter ...
New Jersey Patrolman #2
Brock Yates ...
Organizer
Kathleen M. Shea ...
Starting Girl
Nancy Austin ...
Phone Booth Lady
Vickie Reigle ...
Car Hop Waitress
Bob Stenner ...
California Highway Patrolman #2
Ken Squier ...
California Highway Patrolman #3
Samir Kamoun ...
Bedouin
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Arthur Rose
Linda McClure ...
Dour Lady
Laura Lizer Sommers ...
Lady in Distress
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Trans Am Driver
Richie Burns Wright ...
Farmboy
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Race Car Assistant (uncredited)
Renee McCullah ...
Girl in Crowd (uncredited)
Dave Mungenast Sr. ...
Kicked by Jackie Chan (uncredited)
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Ambulance EMT (uncredited)
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Female Cop Pulling Over Lamborghini Babes (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hal Needham

Written by

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Brock Yates ... (written by)

Produced by

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Raymond Chow ... executive producer
David Hamburger ... associate producer (as David Shamroy Hamburger)
Albert S. Ruddy ... producer
Andre Morgan ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Al Capps ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Michael C. Butler ... director of photography (as Michael Butler)

Film Editing by

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Donn Cambern
William D. Gordean

Editorial Department

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William J. Meshover ... assistant film editor (as William Meshover)
Steve Mirkovich ... assistant film editor
Janice Parker ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Dee Voigt

Art Direction by

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Carol Wenger

Set Decoration by

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Rochelle Moser ... (as Rochell Moser)

Costume Design by

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Norman Salling

Makeup Department

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Gabriel Borgo ... hair stylist (as Gabe Borgo)
Edwin Butterworth ... makeup artist (as Ed Butterworth)
Tom Ellingwood ... makeup artist

Production Management

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David Hamburger ... unit production manager (as David S. Hamburger)
Andre Morgan ... production supervisor (as André Morgan)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Bueno ... second assistant director
Bill Coker ... first assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jerry Graham ... property master
Gary F. Kieldrup ... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Drew Struzan ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Milton C. Burrow ... supervising sound editor (as Milton Burrow)
Neil Burrow ... sound effects editor
Scott Burrow ... assistant sound effects editor
Gordon Davidson ... sound effects editor
Jay Engel ... loop dialogue editor
David M. Horton ... sound effects editor
Rick Kline ... sound re-recording
Glen Lambert ... boom operator
Donald O. Mitchell ... sound re-recording
Bill Nicholson ... sound re-recording
Robert A. Reich ... sound effects editor
Jack Solomon ... sound
Jim Yant ... sound effects editor (as James Yant)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Cliff Wenger ... special effects (as Cliff Wenger Sr.)
Gregg Bond ... special effects prop artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bobby Bass ... stunt coordinator
Monty Jordan ... stunt coordinator
Bill Lykins ... stunts
David Zellitti ... stunts
May Boss ... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert B. Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Mike De Luna ... stunts (uncredited)
Lada Edmund Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Eurlyne Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Ferro ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Glass ... big Rig action (uncredited) / big rig action (uncredited)
Allan Graf ... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty ... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hamilton ... stunt double (uncredited)
Terry James ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... truck driver (uncredited)
Bennie Moore ... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson ... stunts (uncredited)
Brad Orrison ... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Orrison ... stunts (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt double: Dean Martin (uncredited) / stunt driver (uncredited)
Regina Parton ... stunts (uncredited)
Don Ruffin ... stunts (uncredited)
Heidi Von Beltz ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Witham ... utility stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dick Colean ... camera operator
Richard R. Robinson ... still photographer (as Richard Robinson)
Bud Schindler ... gaffer
Bill Williams ... camera operator
Michael Barnett ... grip (uncredited)
Mike Barnett ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Darryl M. Athons ... costumes: men's (as Darryl Athons)
Kathy O'Rear ... costumes: women's
Don Vargas ... costumes: men's

Location Management

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Chris Karamanos ... location services
Jim McCarthy ... location auditor
John W. Stuart ... location auditor

Music Department

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Al Capps ... conductor / music arranger
Snuff Garrett ... music supervisor
Grover B. Helsley ... music mixer (as Grover Helsley)
Jim Henrikson ... music editor (as James Henrikson)
Chris McNary ... assistant music mixer

Transportation Department

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Mike Doyle ... transportation captain (as Michael Doyle)
Gary Duncan ... stunt car preparation
Howard A. Small ... transportation coordinator (as Howard Small)
Timothy Sheehan ... driver (uncredited)
Roger Wooge ... driver (uncredited)
Marsha Lawson Young ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Stanley Brossette ... unit publicist
Gwin Lawler ... production assistant
Sheila Manning ... talent coordinator
Adele Nadel ... assistant to the producer
Maureen Osborne-Beall ... production coordinator
Art Sarno ... unit publicist
Kathleen M. Shea ... assistant to Hal Needham (as Kathy Shea)
Dorothy Vitale ... nurse
Chip Vucelich ... production assistant
Hope Williams ... script supervisor
Tom D.W. Bartlett ... medic: rescue ambulance (uncredited)
Lyle Christensen ... car fabricator (uncredited)
Chris Karamanos ... caterer (uncredited)
Jim McCarthy ... production accountant (uncredited)
Doris Spriggs ... assistant: Roger Moore (uncredited)

Thanks

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George Busbee ... the producers wish to thank (as Governor George Busby of the Sovereign State of Georgia)
Ed Spivia ... the producers wish to thank (as Ed Spivia Deputy Commissioner of The Georgia Department of Industry & Trade)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines You'll root for them all...but you'll never guess who wins. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Cannonball Trophy (United States)
  • L'équipée du Cannonball (France)
  • Auf dem Highway ist die Hölle los (Germany)
  • Los locos del Cannonball (Spain)
  • Carrera de locos (Venezuela)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,765,654, 21 Jun 1981
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $17,639,570

Did You Know?

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Trivia Jackie Chan made one of his first U.S. movie appearances. Inspired by Director Hal Needham's notion of including bloopers during the closing credits, Chan began a tradition of doing the same in most of his movies, from this point onward. See more »
Goofs Even though the beginning of the race makes a blatant point of explaining that racers are scored by time, not order of arrival at the finish line, the ending seems to suggest the contrary. Since time is the main factor, any racer who started after the Lamborghini team should still have been able to check-in and beat them. Instead, everyone fights over being the first one to clock in, and the instant she checks in, everyone else simply gives up. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Stripes/Eyes of a Stranger/The Cannonball Run/Superman II (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Cannonball See more »
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 »
Quotes J.J. McClure: Listen to what I'm telling you. You go find a doctor. Get me Dr. Kildare. Get me Dr. Livingston. Get me Dr. Frankenstein. Just get me a doctor! Go where the - go where the doctors hang out.
Victor Prinsi: Where is that?
J.J. McClure: Bars, golf courses.
Victor Prinsi: Golf course, bar. All right. Where else? Hospital!
J.J. McClure: Try that too.
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