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The Cannonball Run

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A wide variety of characters participate in an illegal cross-country road race. It's a hilarious comedic chase as the eccentric participants are willing to do anything to win.


Like The Gumball Rally (1976) before it, former stuntman Hal Needham's The Cannonball Run was inspired by the same real-life cross-country road race. If The Gumball Rally was the critical favorite, The Cannonball Run was the box-office favorite (spawning the almost-as-successful sequel, Cannonball Run II, a few years later). Aside from top-billed stars Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise (stars of Needham's Smokey and the Bandit series) plus Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. (as horny priests), the movie features many of the same actors (Bert Convy, Jamie Farr) that could be found on a typical '80s episode of The Love Boat (along with the same caliber of writing). But as the tagline notes, "You'll never guess who wins"--and it's true. As in most road-race movies, it's the journey that counts, not the destination. This particular journey includes cool cars (like Adrienne Barbeau's black Lamborghini), crazed bikers (led by Peter "Easy Rider" Fonda), hot martial arts action (from Jackie Chan as a Japanese racecar driver), a conspicuously braless Farrah Fawcett (recipient of a Golden Raspberry nomination for her performance), and possibly the most egregious use of product placement featured in a movie up until that time (one vehicle has "GMC Trucks" noted prominently along the top of the windshield, another has "Hawaiian Tropic" painted on the hood). As with many of the films Jackie Chan has made for Golden Harvest, the Hong Kong-based production company behind The Cannonball Run, wacky outtakes are included during the closing credits. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau
  • Directors: Snuff Garrett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U28G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cannonball Run" on IMDb

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By J. Elmquist on 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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By A Customer on November 15, 1999
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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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By A Customer on September 8, 2001
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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Classic car race film where car maniacs go into a car racing competition to win thousands & thousands of Dollars
the race is from Connetticut to California
an all star cast are the Drivers, Roger moore, Dean martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tara buckman, Adrienne Barbeau, Farrah fawcett
the way this film was shot was definitely a one off, alot of cameras on car hoods driving at extreme High speeds
even some of the camera crew had to drive at high speeds along the cars in the film
according to Hal needhams commentary
still very funny after 35 years, Burt reynolds & Dom De luse are extremely funny Duo
plus i still love the Theme song Cannonball performed by Ray stevens still very catchy rockin' song

the film was first released on DVD with a new Digital remastered transfer in 1:78:1 widescreen
with an Audio commentary with Director Hal needham as the only special feature
tragically no new retrospect interviews with Burt reynolds or Hal needham was added to this dvd

well it's now on blu-ray by HBO with a new High Definition transfer in the same screen ratio as the DVD 1:78:1
the only difference is the picture quality, the picture is very sharp & clear for sure better quality than the old DVD
plus a new 5.1 Master audio mix has been added which does sound alot better than the Dolby digital sound quality
tragically no new special features for this new blu-ray version
it would've been Great if HBO got a new retrospect interview with Burt reynolds & Hal needham
aswell as Tara buckman & Adrienne Barbeau
but HBO did not bother making an effort, all they did was recycle the old commentary track from the DVD

if you love this old classic Cannonball run like i Do
get the blu-ray version, picture quality looks much better than the old dvd version
5 stars for the film, about 3 stars for this new blu-ray version mainly cause there's no new extras.
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