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Cannonball Fever (1989)

Speed Zone (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Action | 21 April 1989 (USA)
Despite the police's preemptive strike, the illegal coast-to-coast car race is still on with new drivers. It's a race where fair play, red lights, stop signs, police roadblocks and traffic rules in general have no validity.

Director:

Jim Drake

Writer:

Michael Short
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Charlie Cronan
Donna Dixon ... Tiffany
Matt Frewer ... Alec Stewart
Joe Flaherty ... Vic DeRubis
Tim Matheson ... Jack O'Neill
Mimi Kuzyk ... Heather Scott
Melody Anderson ... Lea Roberts
Shari Belafonte ... Margaret
Brian George ... Valentino Rosatti
Art Hindle ... Flash
Dick Smothers ... Nelson van Sloan
Tom Smothers ... Randolph van Sloan
Peter Boyle ... Police Chief Spiro T. Edsel
Don Lake ... Whitman
John Schneider ... Donato
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Storyline

An illegal race that takes place over the United States and nothing will stop this bunch of racers except for the occasional cop or a damsel in distress. Jackie Chan's car is not in this one, but many new cars make up for that. Who will win? Who will crash? Who will not even finish? Sit down and buckle up for the ride of your life. Written by Billy Plessel <billp5@juno.com>

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A comedy that's over the limit and beyond the law! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Action

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannonball Fever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,475,494, 23 April 1989

Gross USA:

$3,077,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,077,361
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was largely filmed in Canada with the exception of the films' ending and some other locations due to the films' budget unlike the first two Cannonball Run films which were filmed throughout the United States. See more »

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The blue Jaguar XJ-S has a UK number plate, HGX906A, but is left hand drive. It may have been built in UK then converted as cars built for the UK market are right hand drive. See more »

Quotes

Alec: Look, what would Big Wally rather have? Me dead or his fifty grand?
Vic DeRubis: Both.
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Referenced in Get a Life: Health Inspector 2000 (1991) See more »

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Dizzy Miss Lizzy
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13 May 2010 | by writerpatrickSee all my reviews

Speed Zone was originally intended as Cannonball Run 3 but the Cannonball Run producers found it so bad that the Cannonball Run name was pulled from it. So it's not an official Cannonball Run movie.

If you're a fan of the original Cannonball Run movies then you're going to be greatly disappointed. With all the SCTV stars the movie comes across as a Canadian version of Cannonball Run. And Jamie Farr is about the only person to appear from the previous films.

It's obvious that those stars that do appear in the film were suckered into making it. They thought they would be acting with many major Hollywood stars only to find they were stuck with a bunch of minor comics. It's somewhat similar to the way Battle of the Network Stars lost it's stars and wound up with supporting actors.

This film is better enjoyed as a stand-alone and not part of the Cannonball Run series. Remembering how good Cannonball Run was will only make the film unbearable and remind the viewer of a lost opportunity. It should only be watched by those interested in race movies in general, particularly those with patience for b-rated movies.


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