A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.
Despite the police's preemptive strike, the illegal coast-to-coast car race is still on with new drivers. It's a race where fair play, red lights, stop signs, police roadblocks and traffic rules in general have no validity.
The Sheik who competed at the last Cannonball Run, is berated by his father for not winning it. So he tells him to go and win. Problem is that there is no Cannonball Run. So his father tells him to make one of his own. He puts up a million dollars as the prize. So former Cannonballers J.J. and his buddy Vince join, as does Blake and Fenderbaum and some other characters. But Blake and Fenderbaum owe a mobster some money, and the mobster owes some other guy more. He then decides to grab the Sheik and hold him for ransom so he can pay the guy back.Written by
Frank Sinatra was not happy with the movie, asking how his character was supposed to win the Cannonball Run after joining it on its final leg. He was under the impression it was a race where the first person across the finish line was the winner, and no one explained you clock in at the start, and clock off at the end. See more »
At the beginning the guy in the Mercedes Gull wing says that he now has a 383 Hemi in his car. Chrylser never made the Hemi in the 383 size. They were all Wedge engines. See more »
For one thousand centuries, the Falafel Family has ruled the deserts with one thing: speed! We had the fastest camels and the fastest horses. And now, due to... you know what
[mimics oil bubbling up]
, we have the fastest planes, the fastest boats, and the fastest cars. Except for one: yours! Last year, I sent you to America for one simple task. So simple. To emblazen the Falafel name as fastest in the world by winning the Cannonball Run. And you... failed!
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Back when 20th Century Fox was involved in the project (before Warner Bros. picked up distribution rights), Fox had a variation of the 1981 logo for this film, much like with its predecessor: the 1981 logo would start like it usually did, but then, all of a sudden, a spotlight is taken off, bringing the music to an abrupt stop. Then the sounds of police sirens and car engines are heard. Another spotlight gets taken off, and an animated, red-colored Ferrarii car appears. It hides out in the "0" while an animated police car takes off the final 3 spotlights. Unexpectedly, the police car crashes into the spotlight on the right side of the tower. The Ferrari car comes out of the "0", honks, and then laughs in a Burt Reynolds fashion as the logo fades to black. This is the same as the variant used for The Cannonball Run (1981), but with the 1981 logo instead of the 1953 one. It was finished, but never used in the film itself due to Fox dropping the project so Warner Bros. could pick it up. It did, however, appear strangely on a 1991 VHS of The Sound of Music (1965), in a fashion to that of Creepypastas. The 1981 logo also looks different than its original design (most likely because this variation was designed and animated by Hal Needham, the movie's director, and not Rocky Lingo). See more »
Like I said, The Cannonball Run and it's wonderful sequel have been entertaining me since I was a little viewer and I love these two films. Once again Burt Reynolds and Dom De Luise joke and fool around through the entire movie. I think that the major reason that people give this movie bad reviews is that they take it too seriously. It is obvious that no one in the movie was taking it seriously. Like in the first one, it is as if everybody just decided to get together and make a movie for fun. The Cannonball Run films weren't made to win awards or further careers or make a statement. The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II were made to show that even big stars can goof off sometimes. It makes me wonder if all the movies the Rat Pack made were made for the same reasons. Anyways, I love this movie and think that it's great fun. The out takes at the end are hilarious and more, nay, all movies should have out takes. Bottom Line: Buy it, watch it until every gag is committed to memory, and live better for it. You're welcome.
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