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The Cannonball Run

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.

With:
Burt Reynolds Roger Moore Farrah Fawcett Dom DeLuise Dean Martin Sammy Davis Jr

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.

Cross-country race of the title comes off as almost entirely incidental to the star turns. Overall effect is akin to watching the troupe take a vacation.

Reynolds doesn’t even lay a finger on Farrah Fawcett, settling instead for a nice chat in the back of his speedy ambulance. Tuxedoed Roger Moore drives around in his Aston-Martin and tries to convince everyone he’s really Roger Moore and not one Seymour Goldfarb. Oriental driver Jackie Chan distracts (and almost kills) himself by putting on a videotape of Behind the Green Door, one way to stay awake on a coast-to-coast trip. Partner Michael Hui plays it straight.

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The Cannonball Run

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Hal Needham; Producer Albert S. Ruddy; Screenplay Brock Yates; Camera Michael Butler; Editor Donna Cambern, William D. Gordean; Music Snuff Garrett (sup.);; Art Director Carol Wenger

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Burt Reynolds Roger Moore Farrah Fawcett Dom DeLuise Dean Martin Sammy Davis Jr

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