The Gumball Rally

Synopsis: A group of people from different backgrounds have one thing in common: when they hear the world "gumball" whispered by one of the others, they know that it's time for the Gumball Rally: a no-holds barred, secret, winner-take-all rally across the USA.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Charles Bail
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Advertising and promotional


...of $2,845,000...

...were reported.

These expenditures were primarily... "primarily," I mean about

96 percent of these expenditures...

...were for Richter's

two main retail brands.

These brands made up

over 85 percent...

...of the company profits

in the last fiscal year.

An increase of some 14 percent

from the previous year.

This increase is based on sales

of $ 16,800,000.

Total sales were up only $200,000... the last fiscal year.

Even with an increase

in advertising expenditures...

...of $872,000.

So while the sales...

...of Whiz Bam and Cherry Poppie Balls

are up...

...sales for their retail brand,


Yeah, Smith.


Would you repeat that?


Okay, let's wrap it up for today,

gentlemen. Thank you.


Will you take a look at this for me?

Here we go.

To him who accepts the challenge.

- Know what he's talking about?

- To him who risks all...

...comes the satisfaction of victory...

...and a sense of physical

well-being in return for...

I want you to get this.

In return for hardship...

...exhaustion, discomfort.

Ponos. Thank you very much.

- Hi, Sam.

- Bannon.

It's on. We're go.

Look, I've been giving this matter

a lot of thought...

...and look, you don't

have anything to lose.

I mean, to you this thing is just a stunt.

I've got a position at this university.

I've got a shot at tenure.

All I have to do is stay out of trouble

a couple more years.

I can't risk that.

It's not a risk.

It's a challenge.

Hey, get out of the way!

What's the matter with you? Are you deaf?

I can't eat with all this noise going on.

Come on. Let's take him.

Car 34, come in.

This is car 34, over.

Yeah, we got a telegram for you clowns.

Does "gumball" mean anything to you?

Negative, 10-4.

Let's go.

- Beside the point.

- I've got chicken in the oven.

Hi, Oscar.

The kids' clothes are all laid out.

Okay, don't worry.

Just have a good time.

- I will.

- Bye, Oscar. See you.

- Have a good time.

- Kids, be good. Listen to your daddy.

You'd think she was planning

the D-day invasion...

...instead of a weekend in the country.

Attention, please. All passengers...

Excuse me. Thank you.

Hi. Smoking.

Be careful. Be careful.

Andy, you know how often my wife

tried to get me to get rid of this car?

Well, that's German machinery for you.

The car outlasted her.

Sedately, Barney... befits our years and station in life.

Of course.

Ace Preston, Mr. Guts himself,

is in the white car revving up.

He will attempt the death-defying

Russian T-bone.

There he goes,

and where he stops nobody knows.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Ace Preston on the high speed.

Go, Ace, go.

Ladies and gentlemen...

- What do you say, buddy?

- I didn't have time to change.

- Aren't you excited about this thing?

- No, I'll be glad when it's over.

Well, I don't expect to live forever.

Don't worry, kid, you won't.

Excuse me, may I give you a flower?

I am a stranger in this country.

And I've never seen

such a beautiful woman in all my life.

You see, I would like to know,

maybe you could inform me of a...

Here we are, old buddy.

New York, New York. The Big Apple.

I feel ready. I'm pumping up.

I feel pumped up.



- Fine, thank you, and you?

- Good.

- How's the bambino?

- She's full of gas. She's wait for you.

Hey, you make a good Italian.

Lieutenant Roscoe?

Mike Pakowsky, N.Y.P.D.

- How are you?

- The car's outside.

I'll take you downtown now.

I got a brother-in-law in L.A.

Two marties and a double Man.


They're coming in now.

All of them.

I'm gonna stay here on the stakeout.

It's 9:

I'll check in again at 10.


In through that way.

Right through that door

there's a banquet room.

Thank you.

- It's just a misunderstanding.

- That's what you call it.

I call it a lie.

- It's after 9:
30. That's the deadline.

- Shall we close it up, Mr. Bannon?

Yeah. Put Fred on the door.

I want that room sealed.

Ladies, gentlemen... have been selected because

you have the necessary skills.

You are here because you have

the determination to succeed.

Now, it won't be as easy as last year.

There are some who will use

any means to try and stop us.

Some of you won't make it.

For those of you who do...

...there will be no glory, no headlines.


...just a few magic hours

flat-out against the red line...

...with no catalytic converter...

...and no 55-mile-an-hour speed limit.

Ladies and gentlemen...

...the Gumball Rally has begun.

For those of you who've never

done this before...

...I think I better go over the rules.

The first thing to remember

is that there are no rules.

The first vehicle to reach the parking lot

at the Queen Mary in Long Beach... the winner, the unofficial winner.

Because this is an unofficial race.

And so it follows that none of us

are really in this race.

We don't want any civilian involvement.

No accidents, please.

Remember, it's 2900 miles.

That, 34 hours and 11 minutes,

is the record.

Set last year by our dear friend

Mr. Bannon.

Now I know we all ought

to get some rest tonight.

But may I?

I'd like to propose a toast.

To internal combustion...

...and wind in the face.

You know, I think Roscoe's got a grudge

against you, Smitty, from last year.

Hey, why do I always get blamed

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