The Bad Guy

More Cannonball Run Subtitles

I had a lot of stills left over from my last post about the Cannonball Run and I decided that they should not go to waste.

-I have already gone over how the translators took the short cut around the “romance” between Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett. Throughout the entire movie this is the closest the translators ever got to conveying anything close to sincerity. In the original scene, Burt tells Farrah all about his love for racing and why he races. He brings up a relative who died right before retirement and how he needs to live for the moment. In the subtitles, Burt is telling Farrah something similar, but totally different:

I have to admit, this is the most pathetic euphemism for “I’ve got a boner” that I have heard in a long time.

-Speaking of boners, birth control was also a running theme. Between Burt and Farrah’s “sexual freedom” conversations and Adrienne Barbeau’s amazing rack, the topic had to come up sometime:

Yes, right before the race is the perfect time to remember birth control. True, Barbeau could have been reminding her partner to get amped for the drive, but I doubt it. Getting amped for a race would involve more than one pill, where birth control usually means just one.

-Later on, the state troopers pull over Burt and Dom. Upon letting them go the troopers make this observation on three guys driving around a woman high on nitrous in an ambulance:


-In my previous post I was VERY upset over the lack of respect Dom DeLuise was given. Here are some more examples:

Upon exiting a 7-11, Dom Deluise talks about product placement, even going so far as to sing the “Dr. Pepper” jingle, and doing a little dance on the way back to the ambulance. Since there is no “Dr. Pepper” for sale in Hong Kong, the translators decided to swap the highly caffeinated beverage for amphetamine pills. A wise choice, to be sure. It takes a special kind of person to drive non stop across this great land of our’s…A very “alert” kind of man. Christ, when I drove from DC to Vegas a few years ago it took me 56 hours. Five of those hours were spent snowed-in at an Oklahoma truck stop and another 5 were spent visiting a friend in Flagstaff, AZ. What kept me awake? Chain smoking, diet soda and the first six Van Halen albums…Also, back then ephedrine pills were still legal and available in bulk.

Good times, good times.

Anyway, my point is that with all the drunk driving going on in the movie, no one ever seen taking any uppers for the trip. A lot of the teams were very drunk, but none popped any “long-distance driving, victory pills.” That is, until the translation.

What the hell?!?! Dom is the only one thinking ahead to the possibility that at some point they might get drowsy and Burt still calls him “Fatso!” And in the final stretch of the road race, Dom is stepping on the gas and passing everyone…and the translators STILL won’t let up. Not only that, but the barbs don’t even make sense.

And with that, we have come to the end of our journey through this very special edition of the Cannonball Run. I hope you tolerated it as much as I did.


May 21, 2007 - Posted by | adrienne barbeau, burt reynolds, Cannonball Run, Dom DeLuise, movies, subtitles


  1. I had never wanted to watch this movie, and now I still don’t! ;P

    Comment by geltsgirl | May 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. Maybe they call him Fatso because he was in that movie called Fatso? Like Fatso is a recurring character?

    Comment by Myrtle | May 22, 2007 | Reply

  3. To geltsgirl, by reading the two posts about, you have have now seen the movie by default…Sorry!

    And Myrtle, I wouldn’t have been surprised if there is a version of this somewhere titled “Fatso II.”

    Comment by thebadguy | May 22, 2007 | Reply

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