Hal Needham Movies

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1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 41,909 | Gross: $126.74M

Not much in the head but plenty beneath the hood, Smokey and the Bandit is infectious fun with plenty of car wrecks to keep your eyes glued.

2. Hooper (1978)

PG | 99 min | Action, Comedy

70 Metascore

Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith

Votes: 5,635 | Gross: $78.00M

Individually, the performances in this story of three generations of Hollywood stuntmen are a delight. And Hal Needham's direction and stunt staging are wonderfully crafted.

3. The Villain (1979)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Western

22 Metascore

Facing hanging, a bank robber makes a deal with the corrupt banker to avoid execution in exchange for a dirty assignment.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde

Votes: 6,068

Rarely has so much talent been used to so little purpose.

4. Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy

41 Metascore

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 13,898 | Gross: $66.13M

How can I say it's lazy when it has 50 trucks doing stunts in it? Because it takes a lot less thought to fill up a movie with stunts than to create a comedy that's genuinely funny.

5. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

28 Metascore

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 31,134 | Gross: $72.18M

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.

6. Megaforce (1982)

PG | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Story about a rapid deployment defense unit that is called into action whenever freedom is threatened.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare

Votes: 3,057 | Gross: $5.68M

Hal Needham's Megaforce is warmed-over action adventure with all the steam taken out of it.

7. Stroker Ace (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

30 Metascore

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson

Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $13.00M

Burt Reynolds used to make movies about people's lifestyles. Now he seems more interested in making movies that fit in with his own lifestyle.

8. Cannonball Run II (1984)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy

13 Metascore

The original characters from The Cannonball Run (1981) race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 14,073 | Gross: $28.08M

Cannonball Run II is one of the laziest insults to the intelligence of moviegoers that I can remember. Sheer arrogance made this picture.

9. Rad (1986)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

24 Metascore

The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Bart Conner, Lori Loughlin, Bill Allen, Talia Shire

Votes: 4,610 | Gross: $2.02M

The whole thing reminds you more of an overanxious teacher or coach, taking a few slang words and repeating them endlessly in a doomed attempt to "relate."

10. Body Slam (1986)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!)... See full summary »

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Dirk Benedict, Tanya Roberts, Roddy Piper, Lou Albano

Votes: 882 | Gross: $0.01M



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