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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... J.J. McClure
... Victor Prinzim / Captain Chaos / Don Canneloni
... Jamie Blake
... Morris Fenderbaum
... The Sheik
... Betty
... Hymie Kaplan
... Veronica
... Jill, Lamborghini Babe
... Marcie, Lamborghini Babe
... Fisherman #1
... Fisherman #2
... Jackie Chan, Mitsubishi Engineer
... CHP Officer #1
... Terry
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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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Action | Comedy

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Auf dem Highway ist wieder die Hölle los  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,223,948, 1 July 1984

Gross USA:

$28,078,073
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The 1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo Frank Sinatra is driving in the race, was one of Frank's personal vehicles he owned. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie when the girls change the color of their white Lamborghini to red, the interior is red. Later the interior is tan. See more »

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[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

Like a Cannonball
Written by Milton Brown, Steve Dorff, and Snuff Garrett
Performed by Menudo
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What a waste.
9 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Once again Hal Needham brings together a half respectable cast like in the first Cannonball movie, but again forgot to bring a script. The mad-cap lunacy is still here, as are the cheap gags and stunts, but now it seems strange that all of this actually worked in the first movie, because it sure doesn't here. I found Burt and Dom laughing at their own jokes more than I did. It's no wonder Reynolds' career took a dive around this time if he was starring in films as dire as this.

The usual suspects are here while a few have (sensibly) dropped out of the race. Catherine Bach and Susan Anton are attractive enough, but don't quite cut it like Adrienne Barbeau and Co. did, and all they had to do was smile and flash their t**s once in a while. Richard Kiel is an unusual partner for Jackie Chan, but the little and large pairing works well. Chan also helped by bringing along his own stuntmen for the fight scenes, and it shows. Shirley MacLaine seems oddly at home with her trashy lines, while Telly Savalas fittingly over does things but is ultimately wasted in the movie, the same could be said for most of the cast. Frank Sinatra's inter-cut scenes are sickeningly shoddy and make the film appear as amateurish as it undeniably is.

If you did like the first Cannonball Run, (and there are a few!) you'll undoubtedly be disappointed with this outing, while those who didn't enjoy the first movie will no doubt detest the sequel.


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