MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,485 this week

On the Buses (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  9 July 1971 (UK)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 887 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 2 critic

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... ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Related News

How Hammer Got Its Scare Back
| HeyUGuys.co.uk

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 31 May 2011
 
a list of 857 titles
created 29 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "On the Buses" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: On the Buses (1971)

On the Buses (1971) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of On the Buses.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Sacked by the bus company Stan and Jack get jobs as drivers ferrying punters to and from a holiday camp and arrange for the rest of the family to come and stay. Blakey is there as the chief... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Izzard
Stars: Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. How, they wonder, will they ever manage without Stan's money coming in? Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. Stan then blackmails the Depot ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth
Stars: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Carolyn Seymour
On the Buses (1969–1973)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The trials and tribulations of bus driver Stan and his conductor Jack unfold in this weekly comedy. The bain of their working life is Inspector Blake who'll do anything to make their lives ... See full summary »

Stars: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful.... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dr Nookey is disgraced and sent to a remote island hospital. He is given a secret slimming potion by a member of staff, Gladstone Screwer, and he flies back to England to fame and fortune. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Captain Crowther's lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice before the voyage begins there isn't much to choose from. Not only does he get the ... See full summary »

Directors: Gerald Thomas, Ralph Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Kenneth Connor
George & Mildred (1976–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley
Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Professors Vrooshka and Crump decide to visit an archaeological site to study the artifacts there. Lo and behold, it's right next to a caravan site where all manner of people are staying. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Sally Geeson
Robin's Nest (1977–1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Now a qualified chef, Robin from "Man About the House" (1973) sets up home with his girlfriend, and a business with his girlfriend's father.

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Tessa Wyatt, Tony Britton
Edit

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
...
Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Peter Madden ...
Mr. Brooks
David Lodge ...
Busman
Brenda Gogan ...
Bridget
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 July 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A buszon  »

Box Office

Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first or second most successful movie at the British box office for the year 1971 depending on the source and analysis. See more »

Goofs

In the canteen after Stan has laced the clippies' teas with diuretic pills, Vera (Pat Coombes) gives her tea to Blakey - she hasn't drunk any of it - and Stan gets a replacement from the serving-hatch. This is done so quickly he has no time to take the pills from his pocket and lace the drink but, despite this, Vera is as badly affected as those whose tea has been doped. 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!
See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Just Watched It For The First Time...Found It Really Funny!
21 December 2008 | by (Essex) – See all my reviews

Well I'm only 37 years late, but good movies stand the test of time, and this one (which is a few years older than me) is still hilarious in 2008! It's not really that dated, to be honest, other than the music, fashion and various bus-driving techniques. You don't see sexy young "clippies" on your local Arriva nowadays, more's the pity. Where are the laughs to be found in an Oyster card? The union stuff seems pretty 70s as well. But the locations look strangely up-to-date. I'm guessing they were somewhere in North London/Hertfordshire near the Elstree studios.

All this crap about it being sexist or whatever, anyone who thinks that has obviously never been in a workplace full of men. Men haven't changed. The only difference is that the media is run by many more women and "out" gay people nowadays, and so they clearly won't relate to the humour here. Fair enough, but don't make the mistake of thinking these types of attitudes are dated, cos they're not. In fact, they enjoyed somewhat of a fashion revival in the 90s with the "new lad" culture, which survives well into the present day on various cable channels and magazines like "Nuts" and "Zoo".

As one other reviewer said, it's that honesty and realism about what working men think about and do, to get through the monotony of the day, that makes On The Buses stand out as above average...not to mention the fact that slapstick comedy and innuendo, well-executed and as convincing parts of a plot line, are timelessly funny! The plot, such as it was, is almost instantly forgettable. Technically I guess this is a flaw, but what sticks in my mind after watching the movie is a general manic feelgood factor.

If you're the kind of person who finds female-orientated programmes like Big Brother entertaining then probably this isn't for you. If, however, you want to watch an ego-free ensemble comedy that can make you laugh then you could do a lot worse than On The Buses.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Has Anyone Noticed...... Paulious78
Can this film be obtained in widescreen yet ? p-halley
Is the old VHS widescreen ????? p-halley
Discuss On the Buses (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?