The Gumball Rally

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Overview

For better or worse, The Gumball Rally was the catalyst for a short-lived cycle of "illegal cross-country race" flicks. As thick-headed cop Roscoe Norman Burton does his best to stop the titular rally, a vast and varied contingent of contestants prepare to burn rubber from New York to California. The best-looking of the racers is played by top-billed Michael Sarrazin; Franco, a delightfully narcissistic Italian road jockey played by Raul Julia, also competes. Producer/director Chuck Bail was formerly a stunt ...
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Overview

For better or worse, The Gumball Rally was the catalyst for a short-lived cycle of "illegal cross-country race" flicks. As thick-headed cop Roscoe Norman Burton does his best to stop the titular rally, a vast and varied contingent of contestants prepare to burn rubber from New York to California. The best-looking of the racers is played by top-billed Michael Sarrazin; Franco, a delightfully narcissistic Italian road jockey played by Raul Julia, also competes. Producer/director Chuck Bail was formerly a stunt coordinator, which helps to explain the incessant car crashes and near-misses in the film. Surprisingly, the doggedly low-budget Gumball Rally was produced by First Artists, a company formed by such major stars as Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, and Steve McQueen for the purpose of creating "prestige" film fare.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Although it has been eclipsed by the better-known The Cannonball Run, The Gumball Rally is a better version of the comedic car-race movie. Writer Leon Capetanos and director Chuck Bail wisely treat the film like a live-action cartoon; Capetanos punctuates his madcap storyline with plenty of sense-defying stunt set pieces and gives the characters colorful personalities to match the story's wild tone, while Bail conducts the onscreen mayhem with a fine sense of slapstick-comedy timing and an eye for color both the comedic and visual kinds. It's also worth noting that the film boasts a catchy, jazz-inflected score by Dominic Frontiere that adds immensely to the film's "Looney Tunes" feel. However, the fun quotient of The Gumball Rally is truly sealed by engaging performances from a game cast: Raul Julia is the obvious standout as the amorous Italian driver, but Michael Sarrazin does a good job delivering icy cool as the race's leader, and Gary Busey fully indulges his wild-man persona as a demolition-derby driver. The end result is light entertainment, to be sure, but it never pretends to be anything else and goes about its business with a knowing wink toward the audience. As a result, The Gumball Rally remains a fun example of the action comedy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • UPC: 012569708600
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,330

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Sarrazin Bannon
Norman Burton Roscoe
Gary Busey Gibson
John Durren Preston
Susan Flannery Alice
Harvey Jason Lapchick
Steven Keats Kandinsky
Tim McIntire Smith
Joanne Nail Jane
J. Pat O'Malley Barney
Tricia O'Neil Angie
Lazaro Perez Jose
Nicholas Pryor Graves
Vaughn Taylor Andy
Wally Taylor Avila
Raul Julia Franco
Med Flory
Colleen Camp
Rod Colbin
David Hinton
Ken Scott
Joe Tornatore
Edward Ansara Head Waiter
Chuck Courtney Motorcycle Rider
Lou David Mugger
Wes Dawn Jaguar Team
Eddy Donno Mel (Van Team)
Ann Doran Mrs. Ontley
John Furlong Man on Freeway
Whitey Hughes Corvette Team
Gray Johnson Truck Driver
John Lawlor Jake
Gary Littlejohn Motorcycle Rider
John Morton Jaguar Team
Jack Oliver Oscar
Larry Silvestri Corvette Team
Casey Kasem
Technical Credits
Chuck Bail Director, Original Story, Producer
Frank Beetson Asst. Director
Leon Capetanos Original Story, Screenwriter
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Richard C. Glouner Cinematographer
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Michael Minkler Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Charlie Picerni Stunts
First Artists Productions Executive Producer
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Gordon Scott Editor
Dodie Shepard Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter M. Simonds Art Director
Maury Winetrobe Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 --
1. Credits [:56]
2. Gumball Challenge [5:55]
3. Rally Arrivals [8:07]
4. Tune-Ups [3:34]
5. Franco's Morning [4:37]
6. The Draw [1:30]
7. Starting Line [3:41]
8. Big Apple Exit [7:13]
9. Jersey Turnpike [8:45]
10. On the line [4:48]
11. Police Roadblock [5:47]
12. Oklahoma Pit Stop [4:35]
13. Teasing the Boys [6:02]
14. Harley Harassment [4:34]
15. Movie Magic [4:20]
16. Jockeying Roscoe [2:51]
17. Desert Heat [5:37]
18. L.A. Traffic Jam [3:49]
19. To the Finish Line [7:27]
20. End Credits [9:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    This is just a good old fashioned guy movie...cars, speed and wo

    This is just a good old fashioned guy movie...cars, speed and women. If you don't take this movie seriously you will have a great time and good laugh throughout.

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