HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Sweat
Quiet Place Part II, A
Nobody
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Duel to the Death
Mandibles
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Yakuza Princess
Djinn, The
New Order
Triggered
Claw
Original Cast Album: Company
Martyrs Lane
Paper Tigers, The
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The
Hall
ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt, The
Collini Case, The
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, The
Superhost
Plan A
When I'm a Moth
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Misha and the Wolves
Yellow Cat
Shorta
Knocking
Bloodthirsty
When the Screaming Starts
Sweetie, You Won't Believe It
Lions Love
Demonic
Night Drive
Luca
Prospect
Toll, The
Last Bus, The
Purple Sea
   
 
Newest Articles
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
   
 
  Cannonball Road Runners
Year: 1976
Director: Paul Bartel
Stars: David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Veronica Hamel, Gerrit Graham, Robert Carradine, Belinda Balaski, Archie Hahn, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov, Carl Gottlieb, Judy Canova, Diane Lee Hart, Glynn Rubin, Paul Bartel, Joe Dante, Martin Scorcese, Sylvester Stallone
Genre: ActionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: The Trans-American Grand Prix is a race from Los Angeles to New York non-stop, and it's fast, deadly and highly illegal with a hundred thousand dollar prize at the end of it. Disgraced racing driver Coy "Cannonball" Buckman (David Carradine) awakes after a nightmare where he was shot at the wheel of his car; he checks his watch and sees it's time to leave, and he does so without waking his parole officer girlfriend (Veronica Hamel). After reading his goodbye note, she catches up with him at the starting line, warning him that so much as a speeding fine will send him back to jail, so he invites her along for the ride, and she reluctantly agrees. The police are on their way to break up the race, and without further ado, the cars speed off...

Written by the director Paul Bartel and future blockbuster producer Don Simpson, Cannonball was part of the cycle of of great race movies that was started by the low budget success of Death Race 2000, another Bartel movie produced by Roger Corman (who also appears briefly, along with a host of New World behind-the-scenes talent). Obviously the inspiration for The Cannonball Run - the title is undeniably similar - it came out about the same time as the more expensive The Gumball Rally, but while that was an out and out comedy, Cannonball suffers from a tone that is never certain how funny or serious it's supposed to be.

Buckman's fellow competitors are a motley bunch to keep things interesting. One driver is a family man who cheats by flying his car in a cargo plane to New York and spending the time in a motel room with his mistress. Another is supposed to be driving an old couple's Lincoln to New York without a scratch, so you can guess how that car ends up. Next are a teenage couple in the girl's father's car. Then there are the three girls, led by Mary Woronov, who are driving a big blue van and using their feminine wiles to get what they want. And let's not forget the caricatured German driver (James Keach) who constantly talks to himself in broken English as he motors along.

But Buckman's chief rival is Cade Redman (a villainous Bill McKinney) who is determined to run Buckman off the road, and is accompanied by a country singer, Perman Waters (Gerrit Graham) and his manager to pay his way. The scenes inside Redman's car sum up the confused presentation: Redman is obviously a dangerous customer, but Perman is a comedic figure, constantly trying to broadcast his songs over a microphone to the local radio stations. It's no surprise when the irritated Redman eventually throws the singer's guitar out of the window.

Some of the humour is funny, as when gangster Bartel (yes, he acts in this too) has Buckman's untrustworthy brother (Dick Miller) beaten up as he serenades him in the style of Cole Porter. The cops are portrayed as idiots, as expected, just for that anti-authority stance, and to provide the girls with foils to their antics, plus star Carradine gets to show off some kung fu moves in a couple of fight scenes. The stunts resemble footage from a demolition derby - well, a demolition derby with extremely explosive cars anyway, and there's a completely gratuitous pile up at the end. Strong on action, but repetitive with it, Cannonball is diverting, but should have concentrated on the comedy angle; all those deaths just make the film uneven. Still, the fine cast almost makes up for it. Music by David A. Axelrod.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 7684 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Jason Cook
Darren Jones
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: