The Cannonball Run

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The Cannonball Run

cross country race

The Cannonball Run

Release Date: June 19, 1981

Year    :   1981
Slogan    :   «You'll root for them all...but you'll never guess who wins.»
Genres    :   Action, Comedy
Production Companies    :   20th Century Fox, Orange Sky Golden Harvest, Albert S. Ruddy Productions
Director    :   Hal Needham
Producers    :   Albert S. Ruddy, Raymond Chow Man-Wai, André E. Morgan, David Hamburger, David Hamburger, Maureen Osborne-Beall
Writers    :   Brock Yates
RunTime    :   95 mins.
Budget    :   18000000
Revenue    :   72179579

A cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit then in effect in the U.S. The Cannonball was named for Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker, who in the roaring 20's rode his motorcycle across the country. Many of the characters are based on ruses developed by real Cannonball racers over the several years that the event was run.

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