Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Cannonball Run Review

The Cannonball Run

Release Date: 20th August 1981 - Australia

Production Companies 
Golden Harvest (presents)
Eurasia Investments

Media Asia Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 92 minutes

Budget: $18,000,000

Box Office Gross: $89,819,149

Plot Summary
A wild, illegal, and popular 
cross-country car race is 
organized, and the eccentric 
entrants will do anything 
to win, including low-down, 
dirty tricks. 

Burt Reynolds - J.J. McClure
Dom DeLuise - Victor Prinzim
Farrah Fawcett - Pamela
Roger Moore - Seymour
Dean Martin - Jamie Blake
Sammy Davis Jr. - Fenderbaum
Jack Elam - Dr. Nikolas Van Helsing
Adrienne Barbeau - Marcie
Tara Buckman - Jill
Terry Bradshaw - Terry
Mel Tills - Mel
Jackie Chan - Jackie
Michael Hui - Subaru Driver #2
Bert Convy - Mr. Compton
Warren Berlinger - Shakey Finch
Jamie Farr - Sheik
George Furth - A. F. Foyt
Rick Aviles - Mad Dog
Alfie Wise - Batman
Peter Fonda - Chief Biker (Cameo)
Valerie Perrine - Policewoman (Cameo)

Director - Hal Needham
Writer - Brock Yates
Executive Producer - Raymond Chow
Producer - Albert S. Ruddy
Executive Producer
(Uncredited)/Production Supervisor - Andre Morgan
Director of Photography - Michael C. Butler
Stunt Coordinator - Bobby Bass
Editors - Donn Cambern and
William D. Gordean
Music Supervision - Snuff Garrett
Music - Al Capps

When THE CANNONBALL RUN was first released in 1981, it became the sixth highest grossing film to march into theatres on the U.S. behind other domesticated movies like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (click here). At first, I couldn't recognise this racing cult comedy classic when I discovered it in a DVD package, I didn't know if it has any hilarity in it that until I began laughing at Dom DeLuise's character as he becomes a superhero..... dum dum daaaahhh! Interestingly enough, the film may bring a lot of surprises with its humour and extraordinary blend of talented actors but overly rely on scenes of street car racing action. 

The movie features some well-known names in this colourfully made picture including Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore and Sammy Davis Jr., the best in this star-studded cast is DeLuise. Also featured in this hysterical comedy is future martial-arts superstar Jackie Chan who is at the supporting league as it was one of his early international roles.

The film may not always be exciting to all viewers alike as it depends in how will you go getting past the silly plot and stunts. THE CANNONBALL RUN hasn't lost its juvenile sense of hilarity and if this is the kind of comedy you like than you'll enjoy it. I'm not looking forward to the sequels as the consensus seems for both instalments to be terrible.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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