The Cannonball Run
High jinks and hilarity ensue as daring drivers -- including Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Peter Fonda, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jackie Chan -- team up for an illegal cross-country road race that they'll do anything to win.
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- Hal Needham
- This movie is
- 1982 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Supporting Actress nominee: Farrah Fawcett
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; cast/crew biographies; audio commentary by director Hal Needham, producer Al Ruddy; filmography.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Cannonball Run is one of a handful of popular comedies from the early 1980s in which irreverent daredevils on a quest try to outwit their competitors and the buffoonish law-enforcement officers who try to stop them. The movie stars Burt Reynolds and his sidekick Dom DeLuise on a cross-country auto race. Car stunts -- crashes, explosions, autos sailing through the air, high-speed chases -- provide the action. Exaggerated caricatures -- an Arab sheik, Japanese high-tech/martial-arts experts, a Jewish mother, a stutterer, good ol' boys, and plenty of curvy, dimwitted women and their barely covered breasts -- provide the humor. Profanity and slurs (i.e., "schmuck," "a--hole," "hookers," "s--t," "gang-bang"). Racial jokes are directed at an "always-the-good-sport" Sammy Davis Jr. In addition to the vehicle hijinks and sexual leering, drinking alcoholic beverages -- often to excess -- is a constant pastime for the crew. Beer is the drink of choice, and it's sometimes consumed even while the characters are at the wheels of their speeding vehicles.
- Sexual Content
- Every female, no matter how skilled, is included as "eye candy." They wear skimpy clothing and plunging necklines and use their appealing bodies (especially breasts) to distract men and get what they want. Lead female is a beautiful airhead who simply (and literally) goes along for the ride. Men ogle; women flirt.
- Cartoonish action (without injuries or death) throughout. Car stunts: high-speed chases, explosions, crashes into structures, cars sailing in the air. Hand-to-hand fighting: a bar brawl, martial-arts combat, some slaps and knockdowns.
- Swearing and coarse language: "hell," "dammit," "rectum," "pr--k," "goddamn," "s--t," "ass." Sexual innuendo and insults: "piece of tail," "t-tty," "hookers," "getting laid," "gangbang," "putz," "schmuck." Comic ethnic insults (for example, "chocolate monk"), generally using Sammy Davis Jr.'s and Jackie Chan's ethnicities as the butt of humor.
- Social Behavior
- Values friendship and camaraderie.
- Some featured, some incidental: Goodyear, Hawaiian Tropic, Nikon, Midas, GMC, Best Western, Budweiser, Ferrari, Dr Pepper, Subaru, Ruffles potato chips.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Frequent comic drinking and drunkenness: Beer is purchased, loaded into cars, and consumed with alacrity, even while characters are driving. Several characters get drunk; Dean Martin plays a longstanding inebriated character. A bizarre "doctor" seems always under the influence of a mind-altering substance and wields a hypodermic needle, threatening and injecting people at will. Smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it