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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kitty Baxter
Father Kudos
Shorty Scotty
Dr. Kurtz
Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
Old Lady
Professor Baxter
Parking Lot Doctor
Sybil Crane
Claude Crane
Camille Levy
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The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the Oil lobby. When the driver is injured a washed up, down on his luck, but used to be great type, who as it happens, used to be engaged to the inventor's daughter is brought in to drive the giant bus which includes a one lane swimming pool and a one lane bowling alley. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy busz  »

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2.35 : 1
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Both The Big Bus (1976) and Airplane! (1980) were released by the Paramount Pictures studio. See more »


In the kitchen, Kitty is laying on her stomach unconscious facing the front of the bus and in the next two shots, she is on her back facing the rear. However, this is also a continuity error within an error. In the second shot of her, she is in the center of the floor and in the last shot, she is closer to the counter. See more »


Dan: Quick, how many decisions have I made today?
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Crazy Credits

Paramount Pictures thanks Trailways for their help and technical assistance in making this impossible picture possible. See more »


References Murder on the Orient Express (1974) See more »


Everything's Coming Up Roses
Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim
Sung by the passengers, led by Father Kudos
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Every Bad Gag, Done Well...
3 July 2004 | by (Fresno, CA) – See all my reviews

Saw this when first released, and it was a howler...but only to a genuine movie and TV fan.

In addition to the various disaster films of the 1970s, it also harkens back to some classic WWII films, the smarmy romances of the 60s and 70s, and not a small number of tidbits from television.

Our circle of friends who saw it together are all film nuts, and we spent days picking the film apart and identifying all of the references and parodies, and still find ones we missed whenever we catch it again.

It's not a spectacular film...hell, it's not even that great of a comedy if you don't get the parody references...but it _is_ one of those films that "hangs together" into a working product.

If you aren't a film buff, then simply sit down on the couch with your favorite nosh, and empty your mind to accept the totality...

And don't cut yourself on the broken milk carton.

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