The Gumball Rally (1976)


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For better or worse, The Gumball Rally was the catalyst for a short-lived cycle of "illegal cross-country race" flicks. As thick-headed cop Roscoe (Norman Burton) does his best to stop the titular rally, a vast and varied contingent of contestants prepare to burn rubber from New York to California. The best-looking of the racers is played by top-billed Michael Sarrazin; Franco, a delightfully narcissistic Italian road jockey played by Raul Julia, also competes. Producer/director Chuck Bail was … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Leon Capetanos
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On DVD: Aug 30, 2005


as Michael Bannon - Cob...

as Lieutenant Roscoe

as Gibson - Camaro Team

as Alice - Porsche Team

as Preston

as Lapchick

as Kandinsky

as Franco

as Head Waiter

as Motorcycle Rider

as Mugger

as Jaguar Team

as Mel (Van Team)

as Mrs. Ontley

as Man on Freeway

as Corvette Team

as Truck Driver

as Motorcycle Rider

as Jaguar Team

as Corvette Team
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Critic Reviews for The Gumball Rally

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Former stunt coordinator Chuck Bail produced and directed but he didn't have much of a plot.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
Top Critic

It relies almost exclusively on the exceptional stunt work, the plot only occasionally dropping into first gear for some boring and irrelevant dramatic stuff.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

People who pay money to see this effort to find knee-slappers in the 55 mile-an-hour speed limit will also make amiable fools of themselves.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Although we are all going to have the greatest difficulty even remembering the name of The Gumball Rally in three months' time, it is a pleasant, slick, inoffensive entertainment.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of many coast-to-coast car-race films indistinguishable from the others.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The cars are the stars

Full Review… | April 25, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Gumball Rally

This is one of those movies you find on accident and before you know what hit you (in this case, hit you at 180 miles per hour), you're watching a bizarrely hilarious film from the 70's that should be awful. Basically, it was Cannonball Run before Cannonball Run and it has Raul Julia (more on him later). For those of you who don't know what this means, here's the basic plot. A group of people from across the country (one of them is from Italy) partake in a race every year called The Gumball Rally, an illegal race that sees how fast people can race from New York City to L.A. The results are usually hilarious, with a few gags that fall flat, but the best part of the show is Raul Julia. Raul plays an Italian Grand Prix racer with a Ferrari and a love of all women. He's a very funny and narcissistic character that steals every scene he is in, and ultimately almost steals the whole show. Another star worth noting is a very young Gary Busey, and yes, he's just as crazy in this movie as he is now. As expected, the car chases and inevitable wacky stunts that occur are very fun to watch and extremely funny with an almost cartoony edge to them. If you're bored one weekend and need to kill some time, this isn't a bad way to do it. Not the best comedy of the 1970's, but definitely not the worst.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

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One of the first of the cross country illegal car racing movies. Like most of them, there is a big cast, and a bunch of stars, and the movie is very funny for the most part. It also has it's unfunny parts, though.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I loved this as a kid but the premise has been spoilt now by evil rich kids.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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