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.
Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.
An illegal race that takes place over the United States and nothing will stop this bunch of racers except for the occasional cop or a damsel in distress. Jackie Chan's car is not in this ... See full summary »
This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 miles per hour isn't going to ... See full summary »
The Sheik who competed at the last Cannonball Run, is berated by his father for not winning it. So he tells him to go and win. Problem is that there is no Cannonball Run. So his father tells him to make one of his own. He puts up a million dollars as the prize. So former Cannonballers J.J. and his buddy Vince join, as does Blake and Fenderbaum and some other characters. But Blake and Fenderbaum owe a mobster some money, and the mobster owes some other guy more. He then decides to grab the Sheik and hold him for ransom so he can pay the guy back.Written by
Sir Roger Moore parodied his James Bond persona in The Cannonball Run (1981), driving an Aston Martin and frequently, when on-camera, a scene was introduced with James Bondesque music. Though Moore did not return in this movie, there are numerous new James Bond connections: Richard Kiel, who had played Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), and Telly Savalas, who had played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). This movie featured a car that can turn itself into a submersible vehicle, à la the underwater car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), while Kiel is often seen brandishing his teeth (real, not metal) in numerous shots. Savalas' character "Hymie Kaplan" is seen spinning out of control after Arnold (Kiel) gives him the right hook, similar to the scene where Bond dispatches Sir Hugo Drax out of an airlock in Moonraker (1979). The 2 mob henchmen portrayed by the Godfather actors (Abe Vigoda and Alex Rocco) fly a helicopter 2 lift a Rolls Royce wtih an electromagnet - same as in You Only Live Twice but in the parody the helicopter does not lift the car off the ground. See more »
Several characters refer to the orangutan as a monkey. Orangutans are great apes. See more »
For one thousand centuries, the Falafel Family has ruled the deserts with one thing: speed! We had the fastest camels and the fastest horses. And now, due to... you know what
[mimics oil bubbling up]
, we have the fastest planes, the fastest boats, and the fastest cars. Except for one: yours! Last year, I sent you to America for one simple task. So simple. To emblazen the Falafel name as fastest in the world by winning the Cannonball Run. And you... failed!
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Once again Hal Needham brings together a half respectable cast like in the first Cannonball movie, but again forgot to bring a script. The mad-cap lunacy is still here, as are the cheap gags and stunts, but now it seems strange that all of this actually worked in the first movie, because it sure doesn't here. I found Burt and Dom laughing at their own jokes more than I did. It's no wonder Reynolds' career took a dive around this time if he was starring in films as dire as this.
The usual suspects are here while a few have (sensibly) dropped out of the race. Catherine Bach and Susan Anton are attractive enough, but don't quite cut it like Adrienne Barbeau and Co. did, and all they had to do was smile and flash their t**s once in a while. Richard Kiel is an unusual partner for Jackie Chan, but the little and large pairing works well. Chan also helped by bringing along his own stuntmen for the fight scenes, and it shows. Shirley MacLaine seems oddly at home with her trashy lines, while Telly Savalas fittingly over does things but is ultimately wasted in the movie, the same could be said for most of the cast. Frank Sinatra's inter-cut scenes are sickeningly shoddy and make the film appear as amateurish as it undeniably is.
If you did like the first Cannonball Run, (and there are a few!) you'll undoubtedly be disappointed with this outing, while those who didn't enjoy the first movie will no doubt detest the sequel.
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