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The Cannonball Run
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2002
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). All this adds up to a movie where every scene you see a star. Dean and Sammy steal the show in almost every scene they're in, they are class acts adding something unattainable in most pictures of this caliber. The racing antics are not quite as funny as the beginning scenes where all the characters are introduced, but it is entertaining. The best part of the movie comes at the end though where the bloopers are shown during the closing credits. It's worth the price of the DVD alone. Don't expect a great movie out of Cannonball Run, all you can really expect is a good time, but isn't that what it's all about?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2001
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.

Mel Tillis and former quarterback
Terry Bradshaw show up as just a
couple of good ol' boys ala "Dukes
of Hazzard" style, toting cases of beer but sans the "General Lee."

Tara Buckman and Adrienne Barbeau are seen throughout the film in their
custom black Lamborghini Countach,
breaking speed limits and the hearts
of some unsuspecting law enforcement
officers along the route.

Jamie Farr from "MASH" is cast in the role of a Sheik obsessed with winning the Cannonball
in a hot-rod Rolls Royce.

The Cannonball Run was directed by
Hal Needham who brought us "Smokey and
the Bandit" and "Hooper." Hal and Brock
were partners in a Cannonball held in the late 70S. Needham sets a flat out,
pedal to the metal pace for "Cannonball" and it doesn't let
up till the finish line.

After twenty years, this film still makes you laugh. Rent it tonight :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 1999
I saw this movie back in the theatre when I was just a kid, and I loved it then as much as I love it now! This movie is a must see for anyone who loves cars as much as I do. The opening sequence when the black Lamborghini hits the gas and leaves the highway patrol in the dust is a laughable scene that you'll want to play over and over again! It's also fun watching an early Jackie Chan kick some booty in an all-star free for all with a gang of bikers that will leave you begging for more! Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin will make you laugh as the two Cannonballers, posing as clergymen, drive a red Ferrari cross country while dealing with nemesis (Reynolds) and an array of highway patrolmen! You can't help but love Capt. Caos (Dom Deluise) But you'll want to slap him almost as much as Burt Reynolds does..especially at the end. This movie is a must see, and will keep you entertained the whole way thru.. with non-stop action and on-the-spot comedy, mixed with an all star cast..you really can't lose!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2006
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2000
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2000
The opening sequence... Black Lambo hammering along with 2 honeys drivng, lots of tyre smoke and throttle blipping, say no more. Except that I like Dan Wills Saw this film first when only 10 and loved the howling engines and hilariouse lines. Now 21, my girlfriend thought it would make a good valenties day present, but then I watched it 4 times a row - not too romantic! Amazing cast all living out their stereo types and being hoodlums in the process. Roger Moore and his Aston, Jackie Chan in a Jap computer car. This is beer, girls and FAST CARS GROWLING. A great film that you can just leave on and walk into at any part. My No.1
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Every four years Hollywood needs to be cranking out A-quality level All Star movies. This cast rocks. It's a virtual who's who of Americana. Any given year of the Love Boat's best guests could never touch The Cannonball Run cast. Not since It's A Mad Mad Mad World has a movie brought one great name after the other in a high romp adventure. And who better than Burt Reynold's at the top of the bill? Then for years Hollywood tried to make movies like this. They tried. Horribly horribly Hollywood tried. But they brought out B and C level stars. It takes a commitment. Finally Soderberg brought the magic back to this genre with Ocean's 11. Sure, Oceans 11 and 13 were all class with minimal cheese. But to really bring out what Cannonball Run did ya gotta have a huge slice of processed American cheese preservatives and all.
The script is great. The detractors can be silenced. How else can a story be told involving a big cast with great names top to bottom. It's all over the place. Bad jokes mixed in with odd strange plot twists and holes. Exactly what's needed cause as screwy as the proceedings are they played it straight and added their own joy of being in the movie. Irony has no place in how to truly make a classic such as this.
Upon the grand night starry sky of Hollywood movies this is a bright shining star at the center of it's own constellation. Not all movies have to achieve the same thing. Fun dumb senseless humor and thrills is just as much a part of movies as the serious inspiring dramas. I'm not shutting off my brain when i watch this. Its alive. It's alive with the mad doctor sipping his hyper dermic needle. It's alive with Dean and Sammy wearing the collars. It's alive with Capt Chaos saving the world.
And what a great theme song. I've had it as my go to ringtone for years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2006
You have to love this movie. I really liked all of the comedy with all of the starts like Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Roger Moore, Terry Bradshaw, Dom Deluise, and Farrah Facwett. Also, all of the crazy scenes with Jackie Chan. Good G rated film for the family!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2000
Cannonball Run is not a well-made movie, but it is a FUNNY and entertaining movie.
I don't think they were trying to make Citizen Kane here. Cannonball Run is a FUN movie. I love it because I feel like I'm in on the fun with the cast as they made it. It's reiminiscent of the Rat Pack movies like Robin and the 7 Hoods, or Ocean's Eleven.
The only downside is that the video has dubbed out the cursing and language; not that cursing makes a movie, but some of the jokes are lost and the dubbing is awkward.
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