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3.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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THIS IS ANOTHER STORY OF THE SECRET COAST TO COAST AUTO RACE ACROSS AMERICA THE ONLY RULE IS, THE FIRST TO FINISH IS THE WINNER. NATURALLY, ANYONE DRIVING 55 ISN'T GOING TO WIN. THEY'LL NEED TO DRIVE A LITTLE FASTER THAN THAT. WELL ACTUALLY, THEY WILL NEED TO DRIVE A LOT FASTER THAT 55.

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEU8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannonball" on IMDb

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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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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.

Entertaining.
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David Carradine is okay but his acting was a bit over the top and not very well acted as compared to the Cannon ball run which was what my comparison was based off of in this review. The stunts weren't very good. This is that kind of movie which has to be made by ones own merits of this movie. I would say it's okay selection of a movie to watch.
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...but, if you're a car guy, you will enjoy some some of the post muscle car period vehicles and action sequences. If you are a serious movie buff, there isn't a great plot or noteworthy acting. It's like they tried to make "The Cannonball Run" a serious drama, which is a laughable premise in and of itself. If you already have The Cannonball Run, and the original Italian Job, and Smokey and the Bandit, and the original Vanishing Point, and Gumball Rally, and Bullit, and The Cannonball Run II, and the re-make of Gone in Sixty Seconds, and you still want another "car movie", go for it, there are worse movies in the world...
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It's very much a 70s film, the car action is fairly ordinary, by today's standards, massive amount of errors in film, the story is so so, Carradine runs around with his shirt open most of the film, his fighting is almost comic, loved the cars in the film, it's the only reason I purchased it.
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By motorhead on November 26, 2012
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this movie is great not only great cars and crashes but also humor and lots of classic cars of the 70's david cariden is fantastic in this as in deathrace 2000 this movie has an early sceane of time square back in the 70's which makes one see how so muched as changed it was not as crowded back then as now it is a long winding movie but is entertaining a butt load of fun
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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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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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