The Cannonball Run
The Cannonball Run (1981)

A group of oddballs compete in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Inoffensive and sometimes funny.

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Emanuel Levy

Harmless entertainment at its most commercial and least artistic, offering some fun spotting the stars in cameos

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Time Out

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.

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Brian Orndorf

Take it as pure escapism executed by giddy performers, and it's passable entertainment. Otherwise, it's a rough cross-country ride of indulgence and automobile mayhem, perhaps best suited for a Saturday morning cartoon.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Nonsense but fun nevertheless with a crazy ensemble cast of celebrities of the era.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Stunts, stereotypes, and silliness in beer-fueled car race.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This movie opens with a black Lamborghini Countach tearing down an empty highway, a sun-kissed highway at dawn, the sound of the engine thundering. Instantly… More
KJ Proulx
I was extremely average with only a few laughs!
Ken Stachnik
Nonstop silliness and shenanigans, with an all star cast.
Jani H
Saw it again for nostalgic reasons. I thought it would be fun but it turned out to be mostly embarrasing. Ruined my childhood memories of a fun film but Dom… More
Aj V
Another all star car chase movie. This one is fun but predictable as always, of course there are one or two really funny scenes, but overall it could be… More
Candy Rose
Fun movie about a cross-country car race.

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