|Crew:||Screenplay: Albert S. Ruddy | Producer: Albert S. Ruddy | Casting: Jane Feinberg | Casting: Mike Fenton | Set Decoration: Charles Graffeo | Sound Editor: Virginia Cook-McGowan | Stunt Coordinator: Alan Gibbs | Foley Artist: Ellen Heuer | Director of Photography: Nick McLean | Editor: Carl Kress|
The original characters from the first Cannonball Run movie compete in an illegal race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.
Silly car chase flick with loads of stars and… Catherine Bach
RELEASED IN 1983 and directed by Hal Needham, "Cannonball Run II" is a car chase comedy about a second Cannonball Run race from the West Coast to the East Coast. The teams include JJ & Victor (Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise), Blake and Fenderbaum (Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.) with other teams involving Jackie Chan & Richard Kiel in a submersible Mitsubishi Starion and Mel Tillis & Tony Danza accompanied by an orangutan. There are at least a dozen other notable co-stars in various roles: Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas, Sid Caesar, Tim Conway, Foster Brooks, Ricardo Montalban , Charles Nelson Reilly, Don Knotts, etc.
This is a fun turn-off-your-brain flick with an incredible all-star cast that’s worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, the script needed a rewrite with better jokes but the producers obviously didn’t want to blow the money. As it is, too much of the humor falls flat, but “Cannonball Run II” is still leagues better than comparable junk like “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3” (1983). And there’s a worthwhile sequence where Dom does an amusing Brando impersonation.
Moreover, the movie scores good marks on the female front with Catherine Bach jaw-dropping in form-fitting blue spandex during the first half, teamed with her Amazonian-ish partner Susan Anton (who’s no slouch in the beauty department). Bach's buttocks looks like it was sculptured by God Himself. In addition, there’s Marilu Henner and Shirley MacLaine, who catch a ride with JJ & Victor, masquerading as nuns before revealing their real identities. Maclaine was 48 during shooting but still had a great figure.
THE FILM RUNS 1 hour, 48 minutes and was shot in Nevada (Las Vegas, Henderson), Arizona (Tucson, Bisbee) and California (Redondo Beach).