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Cannonball (1976)

David Carradine , Bill McKinney , Paul Bartel  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Veronica Hamel, Gerrit Graham, Robert Carradine
  • Directors: Paul Bartel
  • Writers: Paul Bartel, Don Simpson
  • Producers: Gustave M. Berne, Peter Cornberg, Run Run Shaw, Samuel W. Gelfman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEU8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannonball" on IMDb

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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, Ain’t 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
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV Spots
• Poster & Still Gallery

Cannonball 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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannonball blasts forward with great car chases July 1, 2009
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This is by far one of the great car chase movies of all time. And by my count, not many people were able to notice it. Cannonball, the apparent precursor to the comedy movie series "Cannonball Run" stars young David Carridine as Coy "Cannonball" Buckman as he embarks on an illegal trans american race to bring his racing career back. This film has great chase sequences and a good story to back itself up. Cannonball is the perfect popcorn film for any gearhead or action fan. Granted it was made in the 70's and has those 70's style moments, it still is a top-notch car film on par with the classics like "Gone In 60 Seconds" and "Vanishing Point". Buy this movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool cars, crazy storyline March 9, 2006
The title about says it all. It makes ya cringe a little watching them beat up the "classics". But as with alot of 70's movies they just put the car on full out and let the cameras roll. You should see it once just for the cars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars BIG DISAPPOINTMENT January 13, 2014
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This picture was released on July 6 1976 starring David Carradine as Coy Cannonball Buckman, Bill McKinney as Cade Redman and Veronica Hamel as Linda Maxwell. A former employee rips off his own Death Race 2000 in this mindless car-crash saga, containing more twisted metal than a bombed-out steel mill. The nominal storyline concerns an illegal auto race from Los Angeles to New York that promises the winner 100,000 dollars. Coy "Cannonball" Buckman, is the race leader who drags his girlfriend, Linda along for the ride. Linda is not very happy to be the passenger in this race because she has has a job and a boss to answer too. Cade Redman tools around in a loud red Trans Am, while Cannonball's nemesis barrels along in a big, black Plymouth, trying to outsmart Cannonball at every turn and exit ramp. Things start to go wrong as cars start breaking down and you need money to fix them. The only way to fix them is with your sponsor's money but there's no which means no money. I bought this movie because of Veronica Hamel and she was a big disappointment. Even though this movie had a leading actress her performance was not good so I give this movie 4 weasel stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I know it was the seventies, but this is probably the worst movie made in that time period.

Spoiler alert **
There is multiple car pile up scene in this movie.
The accident happens on a piece of road that only has drivers with no brakes, because even though the additional cars in this pile up must be able to see smoke and flames from 3 miles back, they just drive into the pile of already burning cars.
Every car in this movie is driving around with explosives in the front bumper, because as soon as they touch anything, they explode. These vehicles could bump into a pile of teddy bears and still go up in flames.
Also, there were a couple of lame fighting scenes. A couple of them were with the guy they chose for the kungfu series. His kicks looked like a third grader at recess.
All in all it was a terrible movie not really worthy of a full star, but it won't allow me to give it a half.
The only way to enjoy this movie is to start it with the idea that it is terrible and watch it just for the comedy of how bad it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is your Real Grindhouse Classic! April 17, 2009
Recently I saw Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF and I was disappointed at what a waste of time it was. Lame dialogue, chick power posturing, long stretches of nothing.

CANNONBALL is one of the movies DEATH PROOF was shooting for.

It's on cable right now and I'm struck by how many people were actually in this film. David Carradine, Veronica Hamel, Bill McKinney (forever famous as the deranged hillbilly rapist from DELIVERANCE), Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham (so funny in USED CARS), Robert Carradine, Belinda Balaski from THE HOWLING, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Miller, Martin Scorsese (yes, you read that right), Paul Bartel (also the director), Carl Gottlieb (JAWS)...quite a line-up for a 70s drive-in movie!

And the cars are awesome.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth your time January 7, 2013
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I'm a big fan of the car chase/road trip cult films from the 1970's, so I thought this film would be worth checking out. I wasn't expecting anything Oscar-worthy or mind-blowing from the script, the dialogue or the plotline, but I was hoping for some decent car chases and/or crashes. I got neither. 'Cannonball Run II' was more enjoyable than this, and HB Halicki's films had better acting and dialogue than this puppy did.

It's only worth seeing to cross off the list. I highly doubt anybody would go back for a second viewing. I sure won't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another in this genere May 12, 2012
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After a sucess in Death Race 2000 - Special Edition David Carradine returns in a modernday cross-country race from Santa Monica Pier to New York City, it opens with a grim dream sequence. David and another former racecar driver are in a duel to win to earn a spot on the Modern Motors Race Team, Davie as Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman drives a Pontiac Trans Am while his rival has a Dodge Charger, Coy eventually has a Mustang which made me think of the Mustang vs. Charger battle in Bullitt which ends up the same way.

There is a van full of women (one of the gals was also in Deathrace) a Corvette (driven by David's real-life brother) a Pantera, a borrowed Lincoln. Also, Coy has a friend driving an identical Pontiac. A guy flys his Chevy Blazer to New York in an attempt to win the $100,000. Coy's brother bets on Coy to win.

At one point David get to show his Kung Fu: The Complete Series Collection skills in a fight. We are treated to gear shifting, some highway and some backroads. Some CB talk. Coy backs onto a guardrail as a ramp to change a tire as his jackstand was taken. Some engaging situations.

Toward the end some violent deaths in a massive car wreck pile-up.

The Special Features include the theatre movie trailer and TV spots in addition to an interview with David, insightful.

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