Cannonball Run was released in 1981. The movie had
a huge list of stars: Burt Reynolds as racer
J. J. McClure, Dom DeLuise as his mechanic named Victor
Pinzim, Roger Moore as Seymour Goldfarb, Farah Fawcett
as Pamela Glover, Dean Martin as racer Jamie Blake,
Sammy Davis, Jr. as Morris Fenderbaum, and a handful of
other appearances by famous names, such as Jackie Chan,
Jamie Farr, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Tillis, and Peter Fonda.
The movie was a mega- money maker, although critics
hated it. In fact, Roger Ebert gave the film 1/2 a
star out of 4. Regardless of the critics, the
movie warranted to sequels: Cannonball Run II
in 1984, and Speed Zone! in 1989.
Unfortunately, the final two movies not only scored
poorly with critics, but also with fans.
In the original movie,
a cross country car race is about to begin in
Connecticut. There a number of eccentric teams in
the race, including McClure (Reynolds) and Prinzim (DeLuise),
who drive an ambulance, Blake (Dean Martin) and
Fenderbuam (Sammy Davis, Jr.) in a Ferrari 308 GTS,
Seymour (Roger Moore) in an Aston Martin, and many
others. Its every team for itself, as they elude,
trick, and finagle their way to the fastest time.
The biggest feud is
that between the ambulance team and the Ferrari team.
In the end, all teams arrive at the final destination at
the same time, and it becomes a mad dash to the finish
line. Just when it appears that Victor will make
the finish, somebody yells "help", and his alter ego,
Captain Chaos, takes over, and another racer ends up