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.
Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.
Despite the police's preemptive strike, the illegal coast-to-coast car race is still on with new drivers. It's a race where fair play, red lights, stop signs, police roadblocks and traffic rules in general have no validity.
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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
Sir Roger Moore parodied his James Bond persona in The Cannonball Run (1981), driving an Aston Martin and frequently, when on-camera, a scene was introduced with James Bondesque music. Though Moore did not return in this movie, there are numerous new James Bond connections: Richard Kiel, who had played Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), and Telly Savalas, who had played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). This movie featured a car that can turn itself into a submersible vehicle, à la the underwater car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), while Kiel is often seen brandishing his teeth (real, not metal) in numerous shots. Savalas' character "Hymie Kaplan" is seen spinning out of control after Arnold (Kiel) gives him the right hook, similar to the scene where Bond dispatches Sir Hugo Drax out of an airlock in Moonraker (1979). The 2 mob henchmen portrayed by the Godfather actors (Abe Vigoda and Alex Rocco) fly a helicopter 2 lift a Rolls Royce wtih an electromagnet - same as in You Only Live Twice but in the parody the helicopter does not lift the car off the ground. See more »
When the Mitsubishi uses the afterburner, the stunt man driving is visible, wearing a fire suit. See more »
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]
, 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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Back when 20th Century Fox was involved in the project (before Warner Bros. picked up distribution rights), Fox had a variation of the 1981 logo for this film, much like with its predecessor: the 1981 logo would start like it usually did, but then, all of a sudden, a spotlight is taken off, bringing the music to an abrupt stop. Then the sounds of police sirens and car engines are heard. Another spotlight gets taken off, and an animated, red-colored Ferrarii car appears. It hides out in the "0" while an animated police car takes off the final 3 spotlights. Unexpectedly, the police car crashes into the spotlight on the right side of the tower. The Ferrari car comes out of the "0", honks, and then laughs in a Burt Reynolds fashion as the logo fades to black. This is the same as the variant used for The Cannonball Run (1981), but with the 1981 logo instead of the 1953 one. It was finished, but never used in the film itself due to Fox dropping the project so Warner Bros. could pick it up. It did, however, appear strangely on a 1991 VHS of The Sound of Music (1965), in a fashion to that of Creepypastas. The 1981 logo also looks different than its original design (most likely because this variation was designed and animated by Hal Needham, the movie's director, and not Rocky Lingo). See more »
This movie is a perfect example of guilty pleasure. Sure, it is not well written (or is it?). It isn't well acted (or was it?). My point, this movie was a literal "winkathon". In other words, it was meant to be corny, goofy, silly, and down right fun to watch. That being said, go back and watch it again and you will see my point. Where did a (current) 4.X rating come from? All I can figure that is comes from votes from clueless suburbans, or maybe teens that don't realize how iconic this movie is, or how this movie was one of the last blasts of the drive-in culture of America. Sure, it's not Citizen Kane...but should merit an easy 6 on cast names alone.
That said, what really makes this movie great is the talent in it! It may be the best collection of screen legends and icon ever assembled. The point in time when this movie was made allowed this phenomenon to be possible. In 1984, most of these actors were slightly past their peak, but still in the acting game...so this may explain the ability to cast all of them (without a billion dollar budget). Try to replicate this today with an equivalent assortment of actors, and it would not be possible.
What makes this A-list super-fest even more golden is the fact that nearly every major player in this picture is now gone, or well up in years. Think of this movie as a video history of screen legends, or even a vague record of the car culture of the 70's and the phenomenon the actual Brock Yates cross country races were.
But if you are too young to know who these actors are, know nothing about the real Cannonball races, and don't appreciate drive-in type cinema/comedy, skip this one (rather than give it an unfair vote). Do that for me, and I won't give movies like Twilight or Lord of the Rings a 2.
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