Review: ‘The Gumball Rally’

The Gumball Rally is a silly forced, one-note and strident comedy about a cross-country auto race by a bunch of formula-kooky characters. Former stunt coordinator Chuck Bail produced and directed but he didn't have much of a plot.

The Gumball Rally is a silly forced, one-note and strident comedy about a cross-country auto race by a bunch of formula-kooky characters. Former stunt coordinator Chuck Bail produced and directed but he didn’t have much of a plot.

Bail and Leon Capetanos concocted the story which the latter scripted. Dilettante businessman Michael Sarrazin and lifetime rival Tim McIntire are among a group of auto fanatics who periodically assemble for a cross-country race, sanctioned by nobody and psychotically opposed by policeman Normann Burton.

Latter’s attempts to thwart the race are supposed to remind one of Wiley Coyote’s snares for the Roadrunner; the animated capers remain the more effective.

The Gumball Rally

Production

First Artists. Director Chuck Bail; Producer Chuck Bail; Screenplay Leon Capetanos; Camera Richard C. Glouner; Editor Gordon Scott, Stuart H. Pappe, Maury Winetrobe; Music Dominic Frontiere; Art Director Walter Simonds

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Michael Sarrazin Normann Burton Gary Busey John Durren Susan Flannery Harvey Jason

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