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The Big Bus (1976)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Torrance
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
Richard B. Shull ...
Emery Bush


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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disaster | bus | pool | bowling | spoof | See more »


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Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

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For the big arrival of the big bus, a bus station in downtown Los Angeles had to have its roof raised, so the gigantic coach could enter the facility. See more »


When they are loading the bus for the trip that begins in Midtown Manhattan, the bus is parked near a bus terminal. The only bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan is Port Authority Bus Terminal. The terminal used in the movie is not the Port Authority Bus Terminal. See more »


Dan: Quick, how many decisions have I made today?
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Paramount Pictures thanks Trailways for their help and technical assistance in making this impossible picture possible. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


America the Beautiful
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played in the score
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It's not Airplane! but it tries and has plenty of funny moments
21 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Technology has brought us many wonderful things – but at what risks? One such advancement is the creation of a nuclear bus that runs direct from New York to Denver. However the sinister Oil Lobby are out to stop the bus from succeeding (wouldn't they!). When the driver is injured washed up driver Dan Torrance is brought in despite his history with the inventor's daughter. Can they survive the dangerous maiden journey?

Disaster spoofs were big business around this time – mainly because the genre had been done to death and it was a very easy target to lampoon. However not all worked because they weren't funny. Airplane will always be the best but this little jewel is still pretty funny. It doesn't feel as funny as Airplane simply because it's taken the action and put it in a spoof location rather than spoofing a normal location. However it still allows plenty of laughs and manages to be really funny.

Bologna is a good lead, but Beck steals a lot of it with his role as shoulders. It's funny seeing Stockard Channing drowning in soft drinks and the rest of the cats is filled out with some names – Hagman, Kellerman, Beatty etc.

Overall it may not have the fame of Airplane, and many of the jokes just aren't fresh 20 years on but it's still worth a look if you like spoofs.

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