The Gumball Rally 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.
Best of the genre
“55 is unsafe….it’s slow enough to make you think you’re safe….but it’s fast enough to kill you” Many scenes were shot at breathtaking speeds WITH THE ACTUAL ACTORS….this really adds to the realism… and overall, every car sequence is eye-popping. Where the 70’s production value detracts from the film in the opening sequence….it actually helps in others…like when it adds a lightheartedness to the absolutely awesome downstretch in the waterways with the music….and of course the cars making music to automobile fans…Ferrari Daytona zipping….427 cobra roaring… steam from the water flying off the engine block.
The actors had fun making this one…and I had fun watching…all 20 some odd times.
The film that best captures the pure joy of open-road driving.
So, you’ve just spent thousands of dollars on a new home entertainment center and you want to take it for a spin around the block… what movie do you watch? ‘Gumball Rally’ would be a lovely choice. It’s pure simple fun filled with raw visceral sights and sounds. Leave the serious films till later, this one will make you feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth. Capturing the heart and soul of the real life “Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash” of the ’70s, it’s the tale of an unofficial, illegal, recurring race from New York to Los Angeles… anything goes. And what goes? Lapchick, the Mad Hungarian, trying to spend 36 hours non-stop on a motorcycle; a van filled with hundreds of gallons of fuel so they don’t have to delay for fuel stops; Raul Julia as the Italian race driver Franco and his famous first rule of Italian driving. And in that over-filmed concrete gully known as the LA River there is the BEST sequence ever shot there when a Ferrari Daytona duels with a 427 Cobra… they didn’t rely simply on trick shots and undercranked cameras, often the cars were really driven to their limits. Forget the later, far inferior ‘Cannonball’ movies; the ‘Gumball’ people actually knew their cars, and they’ll have you craving a powerful engine, a full tank of gas, and the open road.