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The Cannonball Run (2001)

Burt Reynolds , Farrah Fawcett  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Jackie Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N57KG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Cannonball Run brings Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett,Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and an all-star cast to the staryting line of the ultimate auto race., a madcapcross country scramble that roars full-speed ahead. Hal Needham, the director of such souped-up hits as "Smokey and the Bandit," "Hooper" and "Smokey and the Bandit II" is at the helm of a wild action-comedy inspired by an acctual event: The Cannonball Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash., an anything- goes, all-stops-out and thoroughly illegal- competition that has grown to legendary proportions in the last ten years.

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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad but so good... January 11, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Cannonball Run is a guilty pleasure. No one would ever say it's a good movie, but it's a like train wreck, you find yourself staring. Burt Reynolds tries to live his glory days of Smokey and The Bandit, bringing along the same Director, Hal Needham as well as a slew of falling stars to prop him up. Its as if all of them knew their careers were sliding and it was one last ditch effort to make a great noise. Don't get me wrong, many of these people are talented. Lets explain the premise first. The 'Run' is an auto street (or highway) race, based closely on a real race that was run throughout the 70s that went from New York to California. It was highly illegal, and probably a lot a fun. There is even an appearance by one of the original drivers, Brock Yates, who is now an editor for Car & Driver Magazine and makes an amusing appearance as the MC, explaining how the race goes. Reynolds is JJ McClure, a former race car driver and mechanic who is the standing champ in the race. Eager to keep his title, he is desperate to win again. In this race though, that doesn't just mean going fast, anyone can go fast, but sooner or later, you will get stopped. JJ and his strange friend, Victor (Dom Delouse) adopt a personality of two paramedics driving a patient cross country. Apparently this worked in the actual race one year. The supporting cast of competition includes Jamie Farr as an overzealous Sheik in a hopped up Rolls Royce, Roger Moore playing a comic version of his James Bond character driving his popular silver Austin Martin, Mel Tillus and Terry Bradshaw playing a couple of southern boys cruising in a stolen race car and my personal favorite, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. playing womanizing, gambling hard drinking priests driving a red Ferrari (they aren't really priests). Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets the laughs roll! :) September 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A zany cross country race based on an
actual event called "The Cannonball
Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash." The brainchild of writer Brock
Yates, who competed in the first Cannonball in 1971. The object is to
drive as fast and as safely as possible from Connecticut to Redondo Beach, California.
In every Cannonball, no driver or person has ever been injured.
The worst case, a team or two put behind
bars for no more than an hour.
"The Cannonball Run" is based on real
characters and adventures. It was penned
by Yates, who makes an appearance in the early stages of the movie as the "organizer."

Burt Reynolds headlines an all star lineup as "J.J. McClure" a wealthy
entrepreneur who, along with his
'executive assistant' Victor Prinze,
played with great verve by comedian
Dom DeLuise. Victor has some issues.
In times of 'mortal danger' his personality changes from mild mannered
mechanic, into an alter-ego called
"Captain Chaos" who wreaks havoc on
some less than respectable hombres we encounter along the way.
Farrah Fawcett is teamed with J.J. and Victor when she's kidnapped in their ambulance.
Jack Elam as "Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing" provides lots of laughs
and few chills when needed.

Veteran performers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. join the ensemble as
a pair of priests in a souped-up Ferrari.

Roger Moore makes a departure from his
'James Bond' character playing "Seymor Goldfarb." An individual who believes he's
Roger Moore. It's a great spoof and Moore plays it with perfection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie & A Great Price December 10, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I must admit that my expectations were not too high on purchasing this Blu-ray, but I'm glad I was wrong. The movie itself needs no real explanation, tons of stars (a little too much Burt Reynolds for my taste, though), fighting (Jackie Chan's first Hollywood movie) and fast cars add up to some great entertainment. Picture quality is very good considering the price and the disc even manages to squeeze in a commentary. The highlight has to be the out-takes displayed during the credits, so funny!
If you want a movie that doesn't require too many brain cells, this is the one for you. Just plain fun
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, Silly, & Wonderful! March 13, 2006
Format:DVD
I watched this because I adore Dean Martin and the Rat Pack, but only after putting off watching it for so long--I was afraid it would be really stupid and not be worthy of being Dean's next to last movie. I had no reason to fear :) . It is absolutely hilarious! The second one is a million times better (more Dean & Sammy and a huge plus with Frank), but this one's great. It's just crazy and silly and a ton of fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cannonball Run March 9, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Okay, so I first saw this film at the age of 10, and we all know that a 10 year old is easier to please than an adult. However, I still love this film now (15 years later!), and not just for the fast cars and all-star cast. Of course the plot is almost non-existent but who cares? It's refreshing to see a film which doesn't take itself too seriously (a point that Dr Popinofsky seems to have missed in his review). It's called fun, Doc. F-U-N. If we're not allowed a bit of pointless fun from time to time what's the point of even getting out of bed in the morning?
I accept it's probably not to everybody's taste but it still makes me giggle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots of good clean fun and funnie.
Published 18 hours ago by tom hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this old movie!
Love this classic funnnnnnny movie! Arrived as advertised.
Published 13 days ago by N. Nelson
1.0 out of 5 stars I must have been a very stupid and easily entertained child
Should have left this childhood memory alone. What an awful movie. Unwatchable. I must have been a very stupid and easily entertained child.
Published 22 days ago by Jason Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
another good 70's movie. I have been getting a lot of 70's movies and loving every minute of it. It is really bring back the good old days.
Published 1 month ago by Tari Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Burt and the Gang!
Have always liked how Burt Reynolds always had the same people in his movies. This is certainly not high cinema, but it was fun back then, and still kind of funny.
Published 2 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars not for me... but...
Listen, movie reviews are SUBJECTIVE. This movie bites in my opinion. However, it's on my brother in laws Christmas list... hmmm... So in it goes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K Young
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY
love the movie when this came out and also part 2, you really need both of them !!so much fun and laughs , i remember when you HAD to go 55mph, that was fun !! Read more
Published 3 months ago by JOE TALKS
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple fun
I have always enjoyed this movie and am happy to have finally gotten it on Blu-Ray. The video and audio transfer is great. This movie is just about having fun. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun little romp
Fun little romp across the United States. I like the increased quality of Blu-Ray. When are they going to get the second one out in Blu-Ray too ?
Published 3 months ago by Master Ivoree
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie.
This is better than the second one, you can see many stars reunite in a low budget movie. Burt Reynolds is very good.
Published 3 months ago by george raven
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