“You are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place.”
An eccentric group of competitors — played by Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Adrienne Barbeau, Farrah Fawcett, Jamie Farr, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others — participate in an illegal cross-country car race known as the Cannonball Run.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Burt Reynolds Films
- Car Racing
- Dean Martin Films
- Ensemble Cast
- Peter Fonda Films
The Cannonball Run was the fifth highest grossing film of 1981, and remains a nostalgic favorite for those who remember watching it upon its release (either in theaters or on cable). The characterizations by an all-star cast are amusingly irreverent, and there’s some fun to be had in seeing the depths to which these fanatical competitors will go in order to win the race. This isn’t great filmmaking by any means (see Roger Ebert’s panning review, for instance), but The Cannonball Run remains an iconic piece of pop culture, and will probably be of passing interest to film fanatics for this reason alone.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An all-star cast having innocent screwball fun together
No, though it’s worth a look simply for its status as a nostalgic favorite.