The Cannonball Run

The Cannonball Run

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A mad-cap, illegal cross country race is the focus of this car chase comedy.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 01, 2015

This has to be one of the dumbest movies I've seen in a long time. Maybe you had to be around in the 80s when men were men, women were women (just what does JackPurcell mean by that?), and mustaches were mustaches. It's the rare comedy where the actors laugh more than the audience does. I have pretty modest standards for comedy, but I don't think I laughed once. The huge cast is largely phoning it in and the female actresses either flaunt cleavage or their lack of bras (Farrah Fawcett). Jackie Chan plays a Japanese driver, Jamie Farr plays an Ahab the Arab type sheik, Roger Moore plays himself, and Dean Martin looks pickled. You could be offended by the casual sexism and cultural insensitivity, but really this is offensive to anybody with decent taste. Veteran cockeyed (literally) western character actor Jack Elam gives the only enjoyable performance. I expect you'll like "Smokey and the Bandit" if you like this. Followed by a sequel, somehow.

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JackPurcell
Apr 05, 2015

Lots of laughs and a female cast to please a male audience back when women were still women.

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bstudent
Dec 08, 2011

a classic comdey from the 80's, my past, with so many stars and quirky-smart roles it's hard not to like it/find it funny

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

This is one of those movies that is so bad its good. I would recommend this to fans of slapstick comedies.

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Stan_the_Man
Aug 16, 2010

This movie is entertaining and it has its funny moments. Jackie Chan and his partner are pretty funny if you can understand chinese. It seems to me that this version is a little different from the version that I saw at the theatre many years ago. I thought that there was a scene where one of the cars goes through a colour change but maybe my memory's going. ;-)

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Organizer: Of course you know certain sceptics note that perhaps 10,000 of the nations most elite highway patrolmen are out there waiting for us after we start, but let's stay positively: Think of the fact that there's not one state in the 50 that has the death penalty for speeding... although I'm not so sure about Ohio.

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

The Sheik: My driving is rivaled only by the lightning bolts from the heavens!
[thunder crashes]
Sheik's Sister: So you still intend to enter the race with the infidel Americans?
The Sheik: The Cannonball will fall to the forces of Islam!
[thunder crashes]
The Sheik: My dear sister! I swear it!

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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