The Cannonball Run
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Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham team up for the fourth time, this time bringing an all-star cast of characters on a cross-country car race in the vein of 1976 release The Gumball Rally. The police are the least of the Cannonballers' worries as they push the pedal to the metal in a race from Connecticut to California. Reynolds stars as J.J. McClure, a speed-loving racer disguised as an ambulance driver to outsmart the police. He is paired up with Dom Deluise, who plays his dimwitted sidekick Victor and who, on occasion, dons the suit of Captain Chaos. Rat Packers Dean Martin and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Full of terribly inside showbiz jokes and populated by what could be called Burt and Hal's Rat Pack, film takes place in that redneck never-never land where most of the guys are beer-guzzling good ole boys and all the gals are fabulously built tootsies."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Inoffensive and sometimes funny."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This wholly derivative car-chase movie provides a flimsy excuse for good ol' boy Burt Reynolds to cavort on-screen with a cast that's chock-full of familiar faces."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It doesn't get any better or BIGGER than this"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"AAA calculates better road trips."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The last five minutes, when they show out-takes of flubbed lines, etc, are hysterical. The rest is strictly for those willing to pay for a series of TV chat show performances."
‑ , Time Out
"Harmless entertainment at its most commercial and least artistic, offering some fun spotting the stars in cameos"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Amiable, lightweight fun. Captain Chaos saves the day."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"If it wasn't for the blooper reel at the end, this would get no stars."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"evokes another age before The Fast and the Furious and NASCAR replaced the fun in racing with, respectively, death and science"
‑ Eric Meyerson,
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Nonsense but fun nevertheless with a crazy ensemble cast of celebrities of the era."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"My review at the time of release heralded this as, 'Wow! Whatta movie!' -- I am now officially amending that to: 'Wow! Amusing junk!'"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"A total waste of time."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A movie that should have crashed at the starting line."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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