Taglines: You’ll root for them all…but you’ll never guess who wins.
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.
The Cannonball Run is a 1981 American-Hong Kong comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and an all-star supporting cast filmed in Panavision. It was directed by Hal Needham, produced by Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest films, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. One of 1981’s most successful films at the box office, it was followed by Cannonball Run II (1984), and Speed Zone (1989). This and the 1984 sequel were the final film appearances of actor Dean Martin.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Directed by: Hal Needham
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Jackie Chan, Terry Bradshaw
Screenplay by: Brock Yates
Cinematography by: Michael C. Butler
Film Editing by: Donn Cambern, William D. Gordean
Costume Design by: Norman Salling
Set Decoration by: Rochelle Moser
Art Direction by: Carol Wenger
Music by: Al Capps
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 19, 1981