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The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | | Comedy | 28 July 1976 (USA)
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An eclectic group of people take part in a secret, and illegal, cross country road race.

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Charles Bail (as Chuck Bail)

Writers:

Leon Capetanos (screenplay), Charles Bail (story) (as Chuck Bail) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sarrazin ... Michael Bannon - Cobra Team
Norman Burton ... Lieutenant Roscoe (as Normann Burton)
Gary Busey ... Gibson - Camaro Team
John Durren ... Ace Preston / Mr. Guts - Camaro Team
Susan Flannery ... Alice - Porsche Team
Harvey Jason ... Lapchik the Mad Hungarian - Kawasaki
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Kandinsky - Dodge Team
Tim McIntire ... Steve 'Smitty' Smith - Ferrari Team
Joanne Nail ... Jane - Porsche Team
J. Pat O'Malley ... Barney Donahue - Mercedes Team
Tricia O'Neil ... Angie - Rolls Royce
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Jose - Rolls Royce (as Lazaro Perez)
Nicholas Pryor ... Prof. Samuel Graves - Cobra Team
Vaughn Taylor ... Andy McAllister - Mercedes Team
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Avila - Dodge Team
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Storyline

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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's a hilarious coast-to-coast, 180 mile-an-hour, go-for-broke, outrageous road race with the world's most expensive cars. And it's all just for glory and a gumball machine.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gumball Rally See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Vaughn Taylor. See more »

Goofs

All of the set-piece scenes with Roscoe and various state Highway Patrol units trying to bust the ralliers were shot on the same location, so that mountains are visible in the background in sequences supposedly taking place in flat Midwestern states. See more »

Quotes

Smith: So Mike... what is this, a vintage car event?
Bannon: Well Smitty, you know some things get meaner as they get older.
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Linda Vaughn ... Emergency Plan Alpha See more »

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References Tommy (1975) See more »

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If you are a gear head....
1 July 2008 | by wlbSee all my reviews

Just seeing these cars when in 1976 they were still "cheap" enough to not simply be garage queens - a Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, 427 Cobra, Ferrari Daytona Spyder, E-Type Jag...

This is based loosely on a true race, Brock Yate's original Cannon Ball Run - in which, if I am not mistaken, was in 1971 and like the movie, left Manhattan but ended up in Redondo Beach. Yates and Dan Gurney won in a Ferrari Daytona Coupe at 35:54, and surprisingly a Chevy Van was second some 50 minutes later.

Like the actual race there was some contestants who had a specially rigged van with a huge gas tank that was supposed to take them across the country without need for a fill up - nothing said on bathroom breaks.

If you are looking for a movie with some deep social message this isn't the one but if you like cars (and listening to the wonderful noises of the Cobra and Ferrari) this is the movie...


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