(Welcome to Seeing Double, a series where two strangely similar films released around the same time are put head-to-head. This time, we rev our engines and hit the asphalt with movies about high-speed, fun-filled car races across America.)

If someone mentions having seen a movie about a wild and highly illegal cross-country car race you’d most likely think they were referring to 1981’s The Cannonball Run. It’s understandable as the Hal Needham-directed hit is popular, filled with A and B-list celebrities, and even received a sequel, but it’s neither the first nor the best to tackle this very real race in the form of a comedic action flick. (And no, they’re definitely not referring to 1989’s Speed Zone. No one ever refers to that movie.)

Two movies were released in 1976 and opened a mere three weeks apart, and both put an eclectic group of characters behind the wheel for a coast to coast race where only the fastest can be crowned the winner. Big stunts, eccentric characters, and a massive disrespect for the law are the order of the day in both films, but which movie wins the race? Ready, set…go!

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Probably not too many people consider the idea of remaking The Cannonball Run to be sacrilegious. It’s not exactly the most beloved comedy, and it led to two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed Zone, which few people saw. The original film, starring Burt Reynolds and plenty of familiar faces, was a huge hit, though, so it was only a matter of time until we caught wind of a remake.

Learn more about this “relaunch” below.

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