|suddenly I know where the Marvel movie poster strategy came from|
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: Oh, who knows?
Cannonball Run II (1984) is not a good movie. But it is a fascinating movie and an extraordinary time capsule of a certain era as an old guard is mixed with a new guard of Hollywood to make a giant Looney Tunes movie directed by Hal Needham.
Weirdly, The Cannonball Run is not on Amazon for streaming, and the copy we watched seemed like it was left over from the masters that were created to produce the VHS tapes of the 1980s. Look, this movie isn't going to win any awards, but it absolutely *should* be studied for years to come for people to get what the Rat Pack looked like in 1983/84, what a young Jackie Chan looked like to the US upon his first arrival in an American film, and what Catherine Bach was up to, movies-wise, during the era of Dukes of Hazzard.
I mean, this movie re-assembles the cast of The Godfather and turns them into a collective Wile E. Coyote trying to catch Jamie Farr playing a stereotypical sheik character. It's bananas.
Not necessarily actually funny, but it is weird.
I'm just gonna write down the cast, because... holy smokes...
Sammy Davis Jr.
Michael V. Gazzo
Charles Nelson Reilly
Bobby Berosini's Orangutan
Manis the Orangutan
and I'm 90% certain one of the heavies was Tor Johnson, but couldn't have been since Tor had been dead for 13 years before the movie came out
It all does raise the question: do the kids even know Dean Martin?
I'm not sure Jamie enjoyed the movie in the slightest. I offered to turn it off and she refused, which seemed weird. She'd never seen it before, and we didn't talk during the movie. I'm curious how the movie looks to people who didn't watch it over and over in their youth. Not good, I imagine.
But Burt and Dom are hysterical.