The Best Opening Scenes in Motion Picture History?


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With all this Gumball talk, and RedLine opening just EIGHT days from now, I have to post up the opening credits scene from the original Cannonball Run movie.

The 1981 comedy about the illegal cross-country road race was written by Brock Yates, of Car and Driver fame, who had organized the real-life race as a protest against the 55 mph speed limit. Yates and co-driver Dan Gurney (Le Mans/ F1 winner) also won the first Cannonball, blasting from NYC to LA in 35hr 53min, in a Ferrari Daytona coupe.

The stunning black Countach used in the movie was lent to the studio by Ron Rice, owner of Hawaiian Tropic, and friend of Burt Reynolds.

If you really enjoyed that, check out the opening scene from the 1984 sequel, but be warned, this clip is 8 minutes long, and the Lamborghini shows up only from the 2:43 mark onwards.

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4 Responses to “The Best Opening Scenes in Motion Picture History?”

  1. Anthony Carbone said on April 5th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Awwwww Yaaaaaaaaaaa, that 1st video totally just made my afternoon here at work. Im going to have to fire that video up in the background and let it run again just to hear that killer Countach engine. I LOVE THE SOUND OF LAMBORGHINI ENGINES and I think they are my favorite sounding engine notes on the planet. There is just something so mean and growly that I find no other engine can emulate, no matter how much tuning.

    Whats your #1 favorite sounding engine??

  2. Anthony Carbone said on April 5th, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    OK I’m so unimpressed right now. Since Vinay’s post this afternoon all I could think about was watching the Cannonball Run at some point tonight. Well neither Rogers or Blockbuster has the movie for rent or sale. What a load of crap. Then they wonder why people bit torrent so much. Either way w00t w00t its the long weekend at last!

  3. David Wilkinson said on April 6th, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    You guys are getting the holiday weekend too? 😉

    I thought it was just us here in the UK! 😀

  4. Anthony Carbone said on April 7th, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Easter is Easter.. and with that being said Happy Easter Boys!