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Gumball Rally, The (DVD)

When the code word "gumball" is passed by a rich young man, two housewives, two staid British gentlemen, one Italian lothario, one bug-eyed motorcyclist, a couple of Texans, an exotic model and other assorted types, they converge to participate in a hilarious non-stop car race from New York to California. The first of the cross-country road race comedies -- it's the original "Cannonball Run." Golden Globe-nominee Raul Julia ("Kiss of the Spider Woman," "The Addams Family"), Academy Award-nominee Gary Busey ("The Firm," "Under Siege") and Michael Sarrazin ("They Shoot Horses, Don't They") star.

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  • Actors: Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, Susan Flannery
  • Directors: Chuck Bail
  • Producers: Chuck Bail
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PVZBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,426 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By P. Ferrigno on October 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
In 1933, legendary motorcyle rider and cross country driver Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker crossed the United States from coast to coast in approximately 54 hours driving a Graham-Page Model 57 Blue Streak 8...an amazing feat of driving. Nearly, 40 years later in the early 1970's, "Car & Driver" magazine editor Brock Yates started the "Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" in his honor. These events were the inspiration for a slew of films including the highly enjoyable, "The Gumball Rally", (released in 1976) and the bigger budgeted, but inferior production, "The Cannonball Run" (released in 1981). Both were both primarily action oriented "car chase"comedies, however "Gumball" underplays it's humour with a lesser known cast, thus delivering an overall better film than the Hal Needham directed "Cannonball Run" By far and away "The Gumball Rally", is one of the best car chase films ever made with a jaw dropping collection of performance automobiles from all around the world. Car afficianado's will drool over the line up of exotic cars....an AC Shelby Cobra, Ferrari Daytona, Porsche 911, Chevy Camaro, Jaguar E-Type, GM Corvette, Kawasaki motorbike, Mercedes Roadster to name but a few. Each team seeking to out race the other's hurtling from New York to Long Beach, California.

Apart from the superb line up of cars, a fun and breezy cast really maintain the fine balance between the unique cars and the actors.

The opening sequence with the near deserted early morning streets of New York awoken by the thunder of finely tuned engines is brilliant...., as is the final showdown as the racers approach the Queen Mary in Los Angeles.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on October 6, 2005
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In terms of films featuring illegal cross-country racing, I've always considered The Gumball Rally to be the grandpappy to all others that followed, including Cannonball (1976), The Cannonball Run (1981), Cannonball Run II (1984), and Speed Zone! (1989). While I've enjoyed some of these other films, they were never able to reproduce that which made The Gumball Rally such a favorite within the genre, in my opinion. Produced, co-written, and directed by Charles Bail ("CHiPs", "Knight Rider"), the film features a slew of actors including Michael Sarrazin (The Groundstar Conspiracy), Norman Burton (Diamonds Are Forever), Gary `Mr. Head Injury' Busey (D.C. Cab, Silver Bullet), John Durren (Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw), Tim McIntire (Brubaker, Fast-Walking), Susan Flannery ("Days of Our Lives"), J. Pat O'Malley (Alice in Wonderland), Joanne Nail (Switchblade Sisters), Nicholas Pryor (Airplane!, Risky Business), Lázaro Pérez (The Mambo Kings), Tricia O'Neil (Piranha Part Two: The Spawning), and Harvey Jason (The Specialist), as Lapchick the Mad Hungarian.

Michael Sarrazin is Michael Bannon, corporate bigwig in a candy company. As the film opens, we see Bannon in a boardroom in New York, looking, well, bored (there's probably a joke in there somewhere)...he cuts the meeting short, makes a phone call, utters a single word, "Gumball", which sets off a chain reaction of sorts as the word is spread to select individuals throughout the country. The significance? Bannon has just initiated a illegal, no-holds-barred, cross country race where the only prize is the satisfaction of being the best...that and a huge, honking trophy filled with gumballs.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
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This movie contains the best video and audio sports car footage ever filmed. Also some of the coolest scenes: 1. Hearing the engines echo off NY City skyscrapers before you see the cars; 2. Ferrari/Cobra race through the LA River; 3. Using other cars as pylons while racing through the Midtown Tunnel. The Editors deserve a medal for keeping the actual engine sounds on the final recording - no overdubs. If you want to know what a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona or a Ford 427 Cobra sound like under full throttle, this is your movie.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By charlie bm on February 29, 2004
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This is my favourite film of all time - no contest! I've watched it more times than I can remember as it is funny, action packed and with excellent characters. I must have been about 12 years old when I first watched it (I remember missing the very beginning because I had to go to the toilet and my mum told me what had happened and she said 'some man has just jumped into a swimming pool shouting "Gumball!"'). I am now 36 years old and there was so much that as a young kid I didn't appreciate that I now do and so the film just keeps getting better. An absolute classic...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on May 12, 2001
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Of all the films inspired by the actual, illegal but exhilirating "Cannon Ball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" race that Brock Yates conceived of and promoted in the pages of "Car & Driver", this is the best -- and Yates's own "Cannonball Run" (1 *and* 2) are prolly the least best.
Raul Julia's line (without looking, i'm sure it's already been quoted at least once in a review) is a classic.
[Incidentally, director Chuck Bail (like Hal Needham a stuntman turned director) can be seen as the on-screen stunt co-ordinator in the wonderfully strange "The Stunt Man").]
Beautiful cars, driven as they were meant to be driven -- flat out on real streets and roads -- and a good cast portraying interesting if not particularly three-dimensional characters, and a not-too-silly script make this one worth the watching.
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