The Cannonball Run (1981)
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Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham team up for the fourth time, this time bringing an all-star cast of characters on a cross-country car race in the vein of 1976 release The Gumball Rally. The police are the least of the Cannonballers' worries as they push the pedal to the metal in a race from Connecticut to California. Reynolds stars as J.J. McClure, a speed-loving racer disguised as an ambulance driver to outsmart the police. He is paired up with Dom Deluise, who plays his dimwitted
Jun 19, 1981 Wide
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20th Century Fox
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Full of terribly inside showbiz jokes and populated by what could be called Burt and Hal's Rat Pack, film takes place in that redneck never-never land where most of the guys are beer-guzzling good ole boys and all the gals are fabulously built tootsies.
The last five minutes, when they show out-takes of flubbed lines, etc, are hysterical. The rest is strictly for those willing to pay for a series of TV chat show performances.
Harmless entertainment at its most commercial and least artistic, offering some fun spotting the stars in cameos
Nonsense but fun nevertheless with a crazy ensemble cast of celebrities of the era.
This wholly derivative car-chase movie provides a flimsy excuse for good ol' boy Burt Reynolds to cavort on-screen with a cast that's chock-full of familiar faces.
Amiable, lightweight fun. Captain Chaos saves the day.
My review at the time of release heralded this as, 'Wow! Whatta movie!' -- I am now officially amending that to: 'Wow! Amusing junk!'
It doesn't get any better or BIGGER than this
If it wasn't for the blooper reel at the end, this would get no stars.
evokes another age before The Fast and the Furious and NASCAR replaced the fun in racing with, respectively, death and science
A movie that should have crashed at the starting line.
Easier to take than most of Reynolds' other "flying car" epics
A cheeseball classic in its own right
Bad stuff, but manages to be fun bad. (Forget the sequel; that's like torture.)
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