Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Year : 1981
Cast overview :
Burt Reynolds .... J.J. McClure
Roger Moore .... Seymour Goldfarb, Jr.
Farrah Fawcett .... Pamela Glover
Dom DeLuise .... Victor Prinzim/Captain Chaos
Dean Martin .... Jamie Blake
Sammy Davis Jr. .... Morris Fenderbaum
Jack Elam .... Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing
Adrienne Barbeau .... Marcie Thatcher
Terry Bradshaw .... Terry
Jackie Chan .... Jackie Chan, Subaru Driver
Bert Convy .... Bradford Compton
Jamie Farr .... The Sheik
Peter Fonda .... Chief Biker
George Furth .... Arthur J. Foyt
Michael Hui .... Subaru Engineer
Based on a true story, the movie is about a cross-country rally from Ohio to the pier at Redondo Beach, California organized by automotive journalist Brock Yates. Since the entire point of the rally was to get to the finish line as quickly as possible, it’s safe to assume that many speed laws were broken along the way.
Reynolds and DeLuise play has-been race driver "J.J. McClure" and his mild-mannered mechanic "Victor Prinzim" (with a superhero alter ego, "Captain Chaos") who run the Cannonball in an ambulance, a heavily modified Dodge Tradesman van which was actually used in the original running of the Cannonball. In an attempt to appear legitimate to law enforcement, Victor hires "Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing," an inebriated physician of questionable skill played by Jack Elam.
They kidnap young photographer "Pamela Glover" (Farrah Fawcett) nicknamed "Beauty" to be their "patient." Though Beauty protests her apprehension at first, she eventually comes around to the idea of being a participant in the race. A scene where the ambulance is stopped by law enforcement for speeding to California since the patient was "unable to fly" is based on an actual event.