The Cannonball Run

Released on: 19 Jun 1981 • Rated: PG • Runtime: 95 min

Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport

Director: Hal Needham
Writer: Brock Yates
Actors: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett

Plot: 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.

Box Office Gross: $72,179,579

Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations








This film was made in the early 80s, which is why it’s rated PG despite the plethora of sexual references, smoking, and drinking that would get it, at the very least, a PG-13 rating today. That being said, it was a different time and many of us who grew up during that time not only watched movies like this, but some of us watched it repeatedly! And, I mean, I turned out ok…

The Cannonball Run is a film about a cross-country race called The Cannonball Run. There are no real rules to the race, so that makes it even more fun for the contestants. On group is a couple of attractive women in skin-tight jumpsuits driving a Lamborghini Countach and using their ample “charms” to get out of speeding tickets. Another team played by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise who are driving a modified ambulance with a “doctor” in the back and they, sort of, kidnap Farrah Fawcett to use as their “patient”.

Other teams include Dean Martin/Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Chan, Jamie Farr, Roger Moore, and Terry Bradshaw. This movie is a fast-paced, star-studded, romp across the country that has to be seen to appreciate!

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