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|Best of the Pack
The Gumball Rally
Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia
|Of all the films inspired by the actual, illegal
but exhilirating "Cannon Ball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash"
race that Brock Yates conceived of and promoted in the pages of "Car &
Driver", this is the best -- and Yates's own "Cannonball Run" (1 *and* 2)
are prolly the least best.
Raul Julia's line (delivered while ripping the rear-view mirror off the car
he has been hired to co-drive and tossing it away) -- "Whats'a behind me
is'a not important!" -- is a classic.
[Incidentally, director Chuck Bail (like Hal Needham a stuntman turned director)
can be seen as the on-screen stunt co-ordinator in the wonderfully strange
"The Stunt Man").]
Beautiful cars, driven as they were meant to be driven -- flat out on real
streets and roads -- and a good cast portraying interesting if not particularly
three-dimensional characters, and a not-too-silly script make this one worth