Cinema: Rushes: Jul. 6, 1981


Johnny Carson calls this movie "an industrial-strength laxative." He should know—for The Cannonball Run is like the Tonight show on wheels, full of Carson regulars poking fun at their TV-bred images. Burt Reynolds outsmarts the smokeys; Farrah Fawcett sounds like a Barbie doll who's swallowed helium; Sammy Davis Jr. flashes his Chiclets; Jamie Farr does Arab jokes; Dean Martin gooses Dom DeLuise. Reynolds avers that this will be his last redneck rollicker. Wanna bet? He was paid a reported $5 million for moseying through Cannonball, which opened to the third highest...

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