The Cannonball Run


A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 5.8/10 (15,029 voted)

Hal Needham

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett

A wild, illegal, and popular cross-country car race is organized, and the eccentric entrants will do anything to win, including low-down, dirty tricks.


Burt Reynolds

J.J. McClure

Roger Moore

Seymour Goldfarb, Jr.

Farrah Fawcett

Pamela Glover

Dom DeLuise

Victor Prinzim
Captain Chaos

Dean Martin

Jamie Blake

Sammy Davis Jr.

Morris Fenderbaum

Jack Elam

Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing

Adrienne Barbeau

Marcie Thatcher, Lamborghini Babe #1

Terry Bradshaw


Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan, Subaru Driver

Bert Convy

Bradford Compton

Jamie Farr

The Sheik

Peter Fonda

Chief Biker

George Furth

Arthur J. Foyt

Michael Hui

Subaru Engineer

You'll root for them all…but you'll never guess who wins.

Release Date: 19 June 1981

Filming Locations: King Harbor, Redondo Beach, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $11,765,654
(21 June 1981)

Gross: $72,179,579

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


In one of the earlier scenes in the movie, Burt Reynolds's character says "Could get a black Trans Am", and then answers himself, "Naw, that's been done." This is a reference to
Smokey and the Bandit which starred Reynolds, and was directed by Hal Needham, who directed this film. DeLuise co-starred with Reynolds in the 1980 sequel,
Smokey and the Bandit II.


Audio/visual unsynchronized:
When JJ and Victor are riding in the ambulance after their boating accident, the medic's lips say "Like shit through a goose", but the audio track says "Like shot through a gun" when describing how the ambulance gets through traffic.


Mad Dog:
[Batman tries to beat up a biker]
Hold it! You'll never last five minutes in a New York Subway

Mad Dog:
[Mad Dog whacks the biker across the knee with a board and then on the back, knocking him down]
Now *that?s* the way it's done!

User Review

What a pile-up….

Rating: 6/10

If you're looking for a movie loaded with cars, crashes, 1/8th of the Rat
Pack, Adrienne Barbeau's best assets… oh yeah, and Burt Reynolds, look no
further than "The Cannonball Run".

It was a hit back in 1981 and no wonder: Burt was on top of his game and we
were all young and naive back then. Heck, I have a warm spot for all the
rampant stupidity, myself.

All the better that Roger Moore plays a deft parody of his own James Bond
persona, complete with an Aston Martin.

If you've seen this film way back when, no doubt you remember it with some
fondness. Let's face it: it may not have been on par with films like "The
Gumball Rally" or even "Death Race 2000", but in its own way and on its own
terms, it works just fine.

A word of sage advice: if you watch this film, skip "Cannonball Run 2".
It'll only ruin your good memories of the first. And if you didn't like the
original, well….

Five stars. Plus one star extra for adding Jackie Chan for what adds up to
mostly as a cameo as a karate-kicking racer. And a half star more for
Adrienne Barbeau's fancy work with a jump suit zipper. Altogether, six and
a half stars.

Wish she would have made it a seven.