In 1975, a Time magazine cover story introduced the world to the “Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash,” better known as the Cannonball Run, an illegal road race in which competitors sped across America to determine who could travel from New York to Los Angeles the fastest.
Created by a pair of car enthusiasts rebelling against speed limits, the Cannonball Run inspired two low-budget movies released in 1976. First up was Cannonball, a black comedy with an accent on violence, and then came this lighthearted take on the subject.
Michael Sarrazin stars as Michael Bannon, the idle-rich originator of a Cannonball-style road race. The drivers pull high-speed shenanigans like transferring passengers from one moving car to another, and they make sport of outsmarting cops across the country.
Gary Busey plays another in his long line of crazy-redneck characters, hootin’ and hollerin’ to enjoyable effect, and Raul Julia steals the movie with his flamboyant turn as an Italian speedster with a weakness for the ladies.
105 minutes of pleasant silliness.
Michael Bannon – Cobra Team
Gibson – Camaro Team
Ace Preston / Mr Guts – Camaro Team
Alice – Porsche Team
Lapchik the Mad Hungarian
Kandinsky – Dodge Team
Steve ‘Smitty’ Smith – Ferrari Team
Jane – Porsche Team
Barney Donahue – Mercedes Team
J. Pat O’Malley
Angie – Rolls Royce
Jose – Rolls Royce
Prof. Samuel Graves – Cobra Team
Andy McAllister – Mercedes Team
Avila – Dodge Team
Raul Julia R
Lauren Simon (as Lola Daydream)
Mel – Van Team
Joe – Van Team
Charles “Chuck” Bail