Cannonball


1h 33m 1976

Brief Synopsis

This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 isn't going to win. They'll need to drive a little faster than that. Well actually, they will need to drive a LOT faster that 55.

Film Details

Also Known As
Carquake
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1976

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)

Synopsis

An illegal & lengthy marathon road race where the goal of the race is simply to make it to the finish without being arrested or incinerated.

Crew

Kathy Agron

Script Supervisor

David Axelrod

Song

David Axelrod

Music

Ed Barger

Camera

Paul Bartel

Song Performer

Paul Bartel

Song

Paul Bartel

Screenplay

T Baxter

Costumer

Cheryl Beasley-blackwell

Costumer

Dick Bernstein

Production Assistant

Lance Billitzer

Transportation

Delaney Bramlett

Song

Delaney Bramlett

Song Performer

Linda Civitello

Production Secretary

Bob Collins

Photography

Peter Cornberg

Associate Producer

Peter Cornberg

Production Manager

Ray Dilger

Other

Paul Dillingham

Camera

Margot Duxler

Assistant Editor

Michael Finnell

Production Assistant

Tak Fujimoto

Director Of Photography

Samuel W Gelfman

Producer

Alan Gibbs

Stunt Coordinator

Alan Gibbs

Unit Director

Betty Goldberg

Script Supervisor

David Gottlieb

Location Manager

Gerritt Graham

Song Performer

Gerritt Graham

Song

Bruce Green

Assistant Editor

John Hale

Other

Michael Hilkene

Sound Editor

Paul E Hipp

Gaffer

Ron Horwitz

Assistant Editor

Ron Johnson

Assistant Camera

Michael William Katz

Gaffer

Michael Levesque

Art Director

Jan R Lloyd

Assistant Director

Domenic Mastrippolito

Camera

Willie Maxham

Grip

Catherine C Mccabe

Assistant Director

Jim Mccann

Sound

Bob Mcvay

Key Grip

Keith Michl

Props

Douglas Olivares

Assistant Camera

Carson Parlon

Production Assistant

Bruce Pearn

Best Boy

Chuck Record

Key Grip

Edwin D Rich

Production Accountant

Rebecca Ross

Production Assistant

Cheri Ruff

Makeup

Chuck Russell

Production Assistant

D G Saarinen

Boom Operator

Nancy Schaefer

Sound

Henning Schellerup

Photography

Richard Peter Schroer

Production Assistant

Michael Shadler

Assistant Art Director

Don Simpson

Screenplay

Gary Strange

Grip

Gary Strange

Driver

Hollis Trainer

Wardrobe

Morton Tubor

Editor

Alex Vandercar

Sound Mixer

Peggy Waggoner

Boom Operator

Gerald B Wolfe

Photography

Harry Woolman

Special Effects

Katherine Wooten

Script Supervisor

Film Details

Also Known As
Carquake
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1976

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)

Articles

Cannonball! on DVD


Actor and director Paul Bartel (1938 - 2000) hated cars, and yet his second feature-length film for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, the four-wheeled ode to futuristic mayhem titled Death Race 2000 (1975), was a financial success destined to be a true cult-classic. Bartel would find his desire to direct a comedy frustrated by Corman's desire to capitalize on the success of Death Race 2000, and the result is Cannonball! (1976.) For some reason, the exclamation mark is dropped from most publicity for the film, but purists who go by on-screen titles will surely give it that extra bit of emphasis as surely as they note that Tobe Hooper's grind-house classic is really The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (with a space between "Chain" and "Saw," as it appears on the screen) instead of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with "Chainsaw" being one word, and branded thusly on all publicity materials from posters to video packages). Such attention to detail may seem maddening, but it is the detail-minded viewer who will be most rewarded by watching Cannonball! Especially if they enjoy spotting cameos, for here they fly fast and furious.

The film stars David Carradine as Coy "Cannonball" Buckman. It's a far cry from his role as the Frankenstein character in Death Race 2000 since Cannonball Buckman is the kind of guy who will take a bad rap and spend time in jail just to spare a friend, Zippo (Archie Hahn), a worse fate. But although a man of personal principles, he certainly has no regard for the law and is ready to jump his parole at a chance to win the $100,000 prize that is being offered to the winner of an illegal cross-country road-race stretching from the west coast of Santa Monica to the east coast of Manhattan. Among those competing against Buckman and his flashy Trans-Am are three vixens in a van, a ruthless psycho in a black Dodge Charger, two romantically involved teenagers in a corvette, and a few other lawbreakers who will stop at nothing to win.

Carradine embraces his macho role with gusto, some fancy footwork, lots of bare-chested scenes, and very, very tight pants. Bartel gives himself brief screen time as a money shark, and includes cameos by Martin Scorsese, Sylvester Stallone (uncredited), Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Bartel's co-writer Don Simpson (1943 - 1996), whose future successes and excesses as the producer of films ranging from Flashdance (1983) to The Rock (1996) are now part of modern Hollywood lore. One senses that Simpson's penchant for the bombastic may have started early and contributed more than a little to a climactic 15-car pile-up near the end of Cannonball! And, speaking of bombastic motorway scenes, one pivotal moment at the end of an unfinished overpass seems to clearly inform a similar stunt in Speed (1994). Discussion of related films wouldn't be complete without mentioning the celebrity-riddled Cannonball Run (1981), which cites Brock Yates' real-life "Cannonball Run" coast-to-coast race in 1971 as its inspiration. While Cannonball Run made a big splash and certainly had a lot more flash and glitz than Bartel's low-budget vision of road rogues, it also lacks the scrappy charm of Cannonball!

Blue Underground's dvd features a crisp and colorful print in a widescreen presentation with various Dolby options. Extras include a behind-the-scenes documentary titled Kicks and Crashes: Interview's with Stars David Carradine & Mary Woronov and the Legendary Roger Corman, a theatrical trailer, TV spots, and gallery of posters and stills. Speaking of posters, viewers who stick it through the ending credits of the film will see a plug for another Carradine vehicle (this particular vehicle being a "destructocyle") called Deathsport (1978).

For more information about Cannonball!, visit Blue Underground. To order Cannonball!, go to TCM Shopping.

by Pablo Kjolseth
Cannonball! On Dvd

Cannonball! on DVD

Actor and director Paul Bartel (1938 - 2000) hated cars, and yet his second feature-length film for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, the four-wheeled ode to futuristic mayhem titled Death Race 2000 (1975), was a financial success destined to be a true cult-classic. Bartel would find his desire to direct a comedy frustrated by Corman's desire to capitalize on the success of Death Race 2000, and the result is Cannonball! (1976.) For some reason, the exclamation mark is dropped from most publicity for the film, but purists who go by on-screen titles will surely give it that extra bit of emphasis as surely as they note that Tobe Hooper's grind-house classic is really The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (with a space between "Chain" and "Saw," as it appears on the screen) instead of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with "Chainsaw" being one word, and branded thusly on all publicity materials from posters to video packages). Such attention to detail may seem maddening, but it is the detail-minded viewer who will be most rewarded by watching Cannonball! Especially if they enjoy spotting cameos, for here they fly fast and furious. The film stars David Carradine as Coy "Cannonball" Buckman. It's a far cry from his role as the Frankenstein character in Death Race 2000 since Cannonball Buckman is the kind of guy who will take a bad rap and spend time in jail just to spare a friend, Zippo (Archie Hahn), a worse fate. But although a man of personal principles, he certainly has no regard for the law and is ready to jump his parole at a chance to win the $100,000 prize that is being offered to the winner of an illegal cross-country road-race stretching from the west coast of Santa Monica to the east coast of Manhattan. Among those competing against Buckman and his flashy Trans-Am are three vixens in a van, a ruthless psycho in a black Dodge Charger, two romantically involved teenagers in a corvette, and a few other lawbreakers who will stop at nothing to win. Carradine embraces his macho role with gusto, some fancy footwork, lots of bare-chested scenes, and very, very tight pants. Bartel gives himself brief screen time as a money shark, and includes cameos by Martin Scorsese, Sylvester Stallone (uncredited), Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Bartel's co-writer Don Simpson (1943 - 1996), whose future successes and excesses as the producer of films ranging from Flashdance (1983) to The Rock (1996) are now part of modern Hollywood lore. One senses that Simpson's penchant for the bombastic may have started early and contributed more than a little to a climactic 15-car pile-up near the end of Cannonball! And, speaking of bombastic motorway scenes, one pivotal moment at the end of an unfinished overpass seems to clearly inform a similar stunt in Speed (1994). Discussion of related films wouldn't be complete without mentioning the celebrity-riddled Cannonball Run (1981), which cites Brock Yates' real-life "Cannonball Run" coast-to-coast race in 1971 as its inspiration. While Cannonball Run made a big splash and certainly had a lot more flash and glitz than Bartel's low-budget vision of road rogues, it also lacks the scrappy charm of Cannonball! Blue Underground's dvd features a crisp and colorful print in a widescreen presentation with various Dolby options. Extras include a behind-the-scenes documentary titled Kicks and Crashes: Interview's with Stars David Carradine & Mary Woronov and the Legendary Roger Corman, a theatrical trailer, TV spots, and gallery of posters and stills. Speaking of posters, viewers who stick it through the ending credits of the film will see a plug for another Carradine vehicle (this particular vehicle being a "destructocyle") called Deathsport (1978). For more information about Cannonball!, visit Blue Underground. To order Cannonball!, go to TCM Shopping. by Pablo Kjolseth

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Released in United States Winter January 1, 1976

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1976