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Cannonball Run II (1984)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 29 June 1984 (USA)
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The original characters from The Cannonball Run (1981) race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

Director:

Hal Needham

Writers:

Brock Yates (characters creator), Hal Needham | 2 more credits »
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... J.J. McClure
Dom DeLuise ... Victor Prinzim / Captain Chaos / Don Canneloni
Dean Martin ... Jamie Blake
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Morris Fenderbaum
Jamie Farr ... The Sheik
Marilu Henner ... Betty
Telly Savalas ... Hymie Kaplan
Shirley MacLaine ... Veronica
Susan Anton ... Jill, Lamborghini Babe
Catherine Bach ... Marcie, Lamborghini Babe
Foster Brooks ... Fisherman #1
Sid Caesar ... Fisherman #2
Jackie Chan ... Jackie Chan, Mitsubishi Engineer
Tim Conway ... CHP Officer #1
Tony Danza ... Terry
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Storyline

The Sheik who competed at the last Cannonball Run, is berated by his father for not winning it. So he tells him to go and win. Problem is that there is no Cannonball Run. So his father tells him to make one of his own. He puts up a million dollars as the prize. So former Cannonballers J.J. and his buddy Vince join, as does Blake and Fenderbaum and some other characters. But Blake and Fenderbaum owe a mobster some money, and the mobster owes some other guy more. He then decides to grab the Sheik and hold him for ransom so he can pay the guy back. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The popcorn is in the lobby. The nuts are on the screen. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf dem Highway ist wieder die Hölle los See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,223,948, 1 July 1984

Gross USA:

$28,078,073
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Mitsubishi, driven by Jackie Chan and Richard Kiel, drove into a lake, and re-created the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), that changed into a submarine. While underwater, the theme from Jaws (1975) was played, that referenced Richard Kiel's character "Jaws", from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). See more »

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During the scene in which the two gangsters are attempting to pick up the Shiek's car in the helicopter, you can clearly see it is doubles used in the shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King: For one thousand centuries, the Falafel Family has ruled the deserts with one thing: speed! We had the fastest camels and the fastest horses. And now, due to... you know what
[mimics oil bubbling up]
King: , we have the fastest planes, the fastest boats, and the fastest cars. Except for one: yours! Last year, I sent you to America for one simple task. So simple. To emblazen the Falafel name as fastest in the world by winning the Cannonball Run. And you... failed!
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Soundtracks

Stop in the Name of Love
Performed by The Supremes
Written by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland
Used by Permission of Motown Record Corporation and Jobete Music Co., Inc.
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Pure Cinematic Genius
25 November 2006 | by ultraman007See all my reviews

Truly one of the greatest American films of the 20th Century. Superior comedic timing, wit, intelligence, chemistry-- a poignant social commentary on the conspicuous consumption of the mid-1980s. Hilarity only surpassed by its taut direction, superior pacing and production value, the likes of which had been unseen since Battleship Potemkin or 2001.

The editing on this masterpiece (by William Gordean, famous for his genre-defining work on Tank Girl-- yes, that William Gordean) exceeds brilliance. How did they get it to look like Frank Sinatra was really in those scenes? How? How? Magic, my friend. Hollywood Magic.

To think that in 1984 this film was overlooked by the Academy for the likes of trivial, petulant "movies" like The Killing Fields and Amadeus is the greatest tragedy in cinematic history. Shame on you, Oscar. Shame. On. You.


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