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On the Buses (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  9 July 1971 (UK)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ...
Doris Hare ...
Michael Robbins ...
Anna Karen ...
Stephen Lewis ...
Bob Grant ...
Andrea Lawrence ...
Betty
Pat Ashton ...
Sally
Brian Oulton ...
Manager
Pamela Cundell ...
Ruby
Pat Coombs ...
Vera
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Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Peter Madden ...
Mr. Brooks
David Lodge ...
Busman
Brenda Gogan ...
Bridget
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Storyline

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... just! His job is secure, as bus drivers are hard to come by, and his overtime prospects are good, until the bus company decide to revoke a long standing rule and employ women bus drivers. Aghast at the thought of no overtime and, therefore, less wages, he joins forces with his long time work colleague Jack to sabotage the new female employees. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Release Date:

9 July 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A buszon  »

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Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was made whilst the film's source TV sitcom series On the Buses (1969) was still being broadcast on television. See more »

Goofs

When the bus pulls away on the motorway after Blakey gets a ticking off from the motorcycle cop, the left hand side of the bus displays a poster saying 'Whitbread Tankard: cool, clear, refreshing.' When it pulls in to the depot, 2 hours late, the left hand side of the bus displays a poster for 'KP nuts: more protein than eggs', although the number plate on the back is the same as the one at the front when it was on the motorway. See more »

Quotes

Blakey, Stan's Inspector: 'What's the matter with you, can't you drive? eh? Oh my god, look what you've done! Quick, get in that cab, pull away, quick! Hurry up!
Vera: I can't! Theres spiders in my cab!
Blakey, Stan's Inspector: Spiders? I don't care if you've got ants in your pants! You get in that cab and pull away quick!
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Connections

References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
Title song
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Un PC but I love it
10 April 2012 | by (Whitehaven Cumbria) – See all my reviews

Predictably the PC brigade have been out in force attacking On The Buses for being sexist, racist, offensive to women and probably blaming it for causing every world crisis of the last 40 years. While the film snobs and the PC brigade detested this film in 1971 and continue to do now, On the Buses was the biggest grossing film of 1971, far out grossing more artistic material like A Clockwork Orange and even outdid Diamonds Are Forever at the box office. Even now regular repeats on digital channels suggest there is a market for such a supposedly awful film.

I like it, as because at times it's cringeworthy, a big busted Irish woman is referred to as having breasts like the mountains of Mourne, this is part of the innocence of it. Sex is never referred to in graphic terms as you would get now, bad language is largely absent and the humour is of a slapstick variety that make it amusing to all age groups. I have seen On The Buses x amount of times since the seventies and the film still creases me up now. It's harmless fun if obviously a little dated and Stephen Lewis is on top form as the wannabe Hitler Blakey, who of course is outwitted at every turn by Stan and Jack.


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