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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


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jun 5, 2001

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

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.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Cannonball Run is an abdication of artistic responsibility at the lowest possible level of ambition. In other words, they didn't even care enough to make a good lousy movie.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
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Inoffensive and sometimes funny.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Harmless entertainment at its most commercial and least artistic, offering some fun spotting the stars in cameos

July 30, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Nonsense but fun nevertheless with a crazy ensemble cast of celebrities of the era.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Amiable, lightweight fun. Captain Chaos saves the day.

February 18, 2006

My review at the time of release heralded this as, 'Wow! Whatta movie!' -- I am now officially amending that to: 'Wow! Amusing junk!'

August 14, 2005

It doesn't get any better or BIGGER than this

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

If it wasn't for the blooper reel at the end, this would get no stars.

April 28, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A total waste of time.

November 6, 2004 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

AAA calculates better road trips.

October 30, 2004

evokes another age before The Fast and the Furious and NASCAR replaced the fun in racing with, respectively, death and science

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

A movie that should have crashed at the starting line.

February 15, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Easier to take than most of Reynolds' other "flying car" epics

January 11, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

A cheeseball classic in its own right

December 21, 2003

Cannonball Run has a strange, straightforward mindless joy to it.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Bad stuff, but manages to be fun bad. (Forget the sequel; that's like torture.)

July 26, 2002

Somehow it's all totally watchable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Cannonball Run

Nonstop silliness and shenanigans, with an all star cast.
February 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Another all star car chase movie. This one is fun but predictable as always, of course there are one or two really funny scenes, but overall it could be better.
January 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

I was extremely average with only a few laughs!
January 29, 2010
KJ Proulx

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Not as good as I remembered it but it?s still a childhood favourite. The cast is fantastic too!
September 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

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