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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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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

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A nagy busz  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the bus is being pulled out of the garage, the top of the front section just fits under the top of the door opening, but the back section of the bus includes an observation dome that is taller then the front of the bus. It could've never been pulled out of the garage. See more »

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Kitty Baxter: Dan's a good man, and he's never eaten a whole person in his entire life.
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Crazy Credits

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

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

Soundtracks

Six Months to Live
(1976) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Freeman, Murphy Dunne and Lawrence J. Cohen
Played on piano and Sung a bit by Murphy Dunne
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Raise the flags of all nations!
6 March 2004 | by (Aberystwyth, UK.) – See all my reviews

I probably shouldn't like this film, but sweet damn, I do. Very much.

By way of synopsis: this is the story of the inaugural non-stop atomic bus service from New York to Denver. Cyclops, an articulated twin deck bus (with a swimming pool and a bowling alley on board of course), is beset by various unlikely perils en route.

This venerable spoof predates "Airplane!" by four years, and is at least its equal in cheesy quality. This film is cheese, and it's matured for 28 years. With no word of a lie, it is THE cheesiest film I have ever seen, and I've witnessed some fine acts of cheese.

And there are some pretty bad moments to be sure, the sort of moments where you cringe so violently that ligaments tear, but there's comedy of fine calibre in this too: both by way of deadpan "throwaway" lines, and the overall situation (sublimely funny).

The grandfather of a genre (and I'd argue, an exemplar), The Big Bus deserves far more recognition than it presently receives. A fine spoof with no high ideas of itself, which doesn't need to stoop low... by virtue of starting low. Perhaps that's my favourite thing about this film: it was written, acted, and produced without shame. And for that, it's the best quality low quality you'll ever see.


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