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Red, White and Zero (1967)

The White Bus (original title)
An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity. In HD.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Healey ...
The Girl
The Mayor
John Sharp ...
Julie Perry ...
Stephen Moore ...
Young Man
Victor Henry ...
John Savident ...
Fanny Carby ...
Malcolm Taylor ...
Allan O'Keefe ...
Supporter (as Alan O'Keefe)
Jeanne Watts ...
Fish Shop Couple
Eddie King ...
Fish Shop Couple
Penny Ryder ...


An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity. In HD.

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Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red, White and Zero  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Black & White and Color)| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Along with the short films The Ride of the Valkyrie, directed by Peter Brook and Red and Blue,directed by Tony Richardson and which was to have starred Zero Mostel, they were to be released as a film titled Red, White and Zero and was billed in a 1968 United Artists publicity brochure. See more »


Followed by Red and Blue (1967) See more »


Resolution der Kommunarden
Performed by Anthony Hopkins
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht / Music by Hanns Eisler
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London's too much for a girl who finds comfort in the North

This film had a big impact on me. Saw first saw it on BBC2 in the 70's as part of a Anderson Retro. Originally based on Delaney's book Red, White & Zero it was a three director/stories feature film. Although the other two parts were never finished. That's why the film doesn't have titles.

The reason why I loved this film was because I grew up in a slum clearance area of Liverpool. The film's landscape was exactly the same. Everything demolished - except for the pubs. I'd never seen anything like it on TV before.

I recently got another chance to see it and loved it. The story follows a girl who is fed up with working in London. The shot opens with her at a desk while the legs of a hanged fellow worker dangle from the celling. She leaves London - tired and fed up - and goes home to Manchester (although parts of the film were filmed in Birmigham). She stands at a desolate bus stop in the middle of demolished terraces. When along comes the white bus - it's a tour guided ride which shows the best of the city. What makes it even more special is that the bus is on it's maiden voyage. The Lord Mayor (Arthur Lowe) and other dignitaries ride the bus on a tour of factories, libraries and even a civil defence demo. At the end of the tour the girl winds up in a small cafe watching, inside what look like married couple. Thier love and passion for the small things in life mesmerises and charms the girl - reminding her what life's all about.

For Delaney it's like Charlie Bubbles - dealing with leaving your home town and looking at the effect it has on you. For Anderson it's yet another example of his cinematic poetry - like If... and Sporting Life. This film is a very special film by very special people. Oh thank you for making it.

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