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The Cannonball Run

Mission: Monte Carlo

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The Cannonball Run

It’s a cavalcade of celebrities in this cross-country car race where anything goes except for taking the Whacky Races style plot seriously, when former stunt driver turned director Hal Needham revs up the fun. Screen icon Burt Reynolds and comedy titan Dom DeLuise rely on the subterfuge of their tricked-out Dodge ambulance, complete with Jack Elam as a proctologist along for the ride to trick any nosey cops, while they try and best the movie stars that round out the other racing teams: Roger Moore sending up his James Bond persona, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. as Ferrari driving priests, Farrah Fawcett is the tree hugging “Beauty”, Terry Bradshaw and Mel Tillis are Nascar driving rednecks, Jackie Chan (representing Japan) navigates an Inspector Gadget-esque Subaru, Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman burn up the screen in a black Lamborghini, and George Furth is the do-gooder hell bent on stopping the race. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, pop-corn comedy, with an all-time great blooper reel in the closing credits.

Director
Hal Needham
Starring
Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Elam, Adrienne Barbeau, Terry Bradshaw, Jackie Chan, Jamie Farr, Mel Tillis
Year
1981
Rated
PG
Country
USA/Hong Kong
Format
35mm
Running Time
95 minutes

Mission: Monte Carlo

In Mission: Monte Carlo, Roger Moore is a highly polished British nobleman while Tony Curtis plays a self-made millionaire from the slums of NYC – they’re a pair of playboys with nothing in common but trouble! In this fun-filled feature length combo of two episodes of the hit tv show The Persuaders!, the dynamic duo navigate the world of fast cars, beautiful women and ruthless criminals to investigate crimes along the French Riviera, including a mysterious drowning that might be tied to an old business associate and a counterfeit coin operation that has a jeweler’s niece (Susan George) marked for death.

Director
Basil Dearden and Roy Ward Baker
Starring
Roger Moore, Tony Curtis
Year
1974
Country
UK
Format
16mm
Running Time
96 minutes

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