Original Australian Daybill movie poster. Cannonball, also known as Carquake, is a 1976 film starring David Carradine. The film is basedon a real illegal cross-continent road race that took place for a number of years in the United States. The same topic later became the basis for the films The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II and Speed Zone!. The film was written and directed by Paul Bartel, who also directed Death Race 2000.