The Cannonball Run

Synopsis: This comedy film brings Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and an all-star cast to the starting line of the ultimate auto race, a madcap cross-country scramble that roars full-speed ahead. This action-comedy was inspired by an actual event: the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an anything goes, all-stops-out - and very much illegal - competition that has grown to legendary proportions within the last ten years.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
Director(s): Hal Needham
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

What do you say

when there are no words

Feel it

Feel a song

that's never been heard

Sing it

How do you know

when you hear the call


What do you do

when you've done it all




It's not what you do

it's how you do it

Be anything you want to be

It's not what you got

it's how you use it

You be you and I'll be me

It's just a matter of style

You can't fake it

Mile after mile, feeling free

If you've got the soul

You can make it

Move 'em out, let 'em roll

From sea to shining sea



What do you do

when the mountain is there

Move it

How do you answer

the challenging dare

Take it

When your back's against the wall

Feel it

What do you do

when you've done it all


It's not what you do

it's how you do it

Be anything you want to be

It's not what you've got

it's how you use it

You be you and I'll be me

It's just a matter of style

You can't fake it

Mile after mile, feeling free

If you've got the soul

You can make it

Move 'em out

Let 'em roll

From sea to shining sea


Headquarters, we are still

in pursuit of the black Lamborghini.

Car 42, you've been in pursuit

for two hours.

Another five minutes,

and you'll be in Arizona.

Yeah, and we're gonna stay in pursuit

until we catch him.

It didn't take us that long

to catch Dillinger.

Hi, guys.

- You're two hours late.

- I'm sorry.

Where the hell you been?

I'm sorry.

Fuel-injection system...

It's driving me crazy.

I'm really sorry I'm late, but one

of my hamsters had an anxiety attack.

I couldn't leave him

until he was settled down.

He was acting so crazy.

He ate a piece of tail.

And Henrietta wasn't even

bothering him.

Then he ate his treadmill.

They got vets for that.

We got other things to worry about.

Hamsters are a big responsibility.

Let me paint you a mental picture,

all right, Victor?

I want you to think of your hamsters

as a little army...

marching along on a treadmill...

running their little legs off,

running as fast as they can...

making that engine just

purr right along the road.

Oh,j.j. What a wonderful way

to put it.

Wouldn't it be great if we could share

winning the Cannonball with them?

That would be a real team effort...

you, me, the hamsters and him.

Don't start with him.

I don't want to talk about him.

- If you need any help...

- I don't want to talk about him.

- Sir james!

- Oh, my God. You again?

Fenderbaum, do me a favor.

You're drawing flies.

Get the hell out of here.

Wait a minute, Greek.

Only thing I want to know is...

how are you figuring the odds

on this Cannonball cockamamie?

It takes brilliance

and years of hard work...

and you wouldn't understand

any part of that.

Do me a favor.

A race is a race, right?

The only thing you gotta do

in the Cannonball is drive steady...

stay out of trouble

and have a good cover.

Do you know what that is?

You want to talk

or do you want to bet?

Anti- radar paint,


Nobody can stop us now.


What are you, some kind of nut?

Who do you think you are?

I am Captain Chaos.

And this...

This is my faithful companion, Cato.

Say hello, Cato.

Been a cop long?


You wanna talk or you wanna bet?

- You got 50 to 1.

- And you know what you got?

You got yourself a bet.

Twenty big large ones.

That's a million dollars.

If you win.

I don't know if you know my partner.

Jamie, you remember jimmy the Greek.

Jamie Blake.

You used to drive

that Formula One...

when high- button shoes

were in style.

Let me tell you something, Greek.

We got a secret weapon.

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Brock Yates

Brock Wendel Yates (October 21, 1933 – October 5, 2016) was an American print and TV journalist, screenwriter and author. He was longtime executive editor of Car and Driver, an American automotive magazine. He was a pit reporter for CBS' coverage of certain NASCAR Sprint Cup (at the time, the Winston Cup) series races in the 1980s, including the Daytona 500. He was also one of the main commentators on the TNN motor sports TV show American Sports Cavalcade with Steve Evans. Paul Page, Gary Gerould, and Ralph Sheheen also occasionally appeared on the show. He served as a commentator on racing and vintage cars for the Speed Channel, a U.S. cable television channel affiliated with Fox Sports. Yates was a best-selling author, most frequently about automotive topics and motor sport. Some of his articles and commentaries for Car and Driver magazine and other publications have had considerable impact within the auto industry and general public, beginning with his 1968 critique of the American auto industry, its management, and its products: "The Grosse Pointe Myopians". A recurring theme of his nonfiction work was the way American automotive management frequently grew arrogant, lost touch with its markets, and failed to respond to changing public needs/tastes, technology, and energy/environmental concerns. Yates' first articles appeared in Science and Mechanics Magazine when he was 16 years old.Yates wrote for The Truth About Cars briefly in January and February 2008.On January 26, 2017 Yates was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. more…

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