is 100% car-crashin', gas-guzzlin', tire-squealin', '70s-style fun courtesy of executive producer Roger Corman and director Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul
). Inspired by the success of Bartel's Death Race 2000
, Corman commissioned him to direct this down-and-dirty adventure comedy about an illegal transcontinental car race and the eccentrics who compete for its $100,000 prize. Leading the pack is David Carradine, who's brought his sexy parole officer (Hill Street Blues
' Veronica Hamel) along for the ride; hot on his tail are scurrilous Bill McKinney (Deliverance
), cult queen Mary Woronov, and a host of marvelous character actors. Bartel also dots Cannonball
with cameos by Corman, Sylvester Stallone, co-writer Don Simpson, and numerous fellow filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, and Allan Arkush, all of whom were in Corman's New World stable at the time. Undeniably lowbrow, but also unquestionably exciting and far more entertaining than Burt Reynolds' Cannonball Run
pictures (which borrowed wholesale from this film), Cannonball
offers plenty of thrills for cult movie enthusiasts. Blue Underground's DVD includes theatrical and TV spots and bemused interviews with Carradine, Corman and Woronov. --Paul Gaita
The Car Crash Cult Classic From The Director Of EATING RAOUL And DEATH RACE 2000!
Buckle your seatbelt for The Trans-America Grand Prix, the infamous cross-country road race from Los Angeles to New York City. David Carradine of KILL BILL stars as Coy Cannonball Buckman, an ex-con and fallen stock car champ who puts pedal to the metal for one last shot at glory. But competition on the open road is a killer
and Cannonball is the target! Veronica Hamel (HILL STREET BLUES), Bill McKinney (DELIVERANCE), Gerrit Graham (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE), Mary Woronov (ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL), Robert Carradine (REVENGE OF THE NERDS) and Dick Miller (GREMLINS) co-star in this high-speed demolition derby directed by Paul Bartel, co-written by Don Simpson (controversial producer of BAD BOYS and THE ROCK) and featuring wild cameo appearances by Bartel, Simpson, Sylvester Stallone, Martin Scorsese, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Judy Canova and more.
"This Movie Rules! More Cars Crashing Than Just About Any Movie In History!" Harry Knowles, Aint It Cool News
"A Definitive Drive-In Car Chase Flick With Babes, Crashes And Truly Amazing Cameos!" The Austin Chronicle
Kicks and Crashes: Interviews with Stars David Carradine & Mary Woronov and the Legendary Roger Corman
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