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The Big Bus (1976)

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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Kitty Baxter
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Shoulders
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Father Kudos
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Shorty Scotty
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Dr. Kurtz
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Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
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Old Lady
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Professor Baxter
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Parking Lot Doctor
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Sybil Crane
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Claude Crane
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Camille Levy
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Emery Bush
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Alex
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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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bus | disaster | pool | bowling | fart joke | See All (15) »

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AT LAST - THE FIRST DISASTER MOVIE WHERE EVERYBODY DIES (laughing) See more »

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Comedy | Action

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PG | See all certifications »
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22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

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A nagy busz  »

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$3,540,307 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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

During the entire trip from New York to Denver, the only scenery we see is that along mountain roads east of Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

Parking Lot Doctor: Please sign this, absolving me of any responsibility for the results of treatment.
Kitty Baxter: But you're a Doctor!
Parking Lot Doctor: And I intend to remain one.
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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

Tommy Joyce
(1976)
Special material composed by Murphy Dunne
Performed by Murphy Dunne (uncredited)
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A spoof B.A. (Before "Airplane!")....
11 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sight gags are all there, there's silliness to spare and there's not a ZAZ (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker - the creators of "Airplane!") member in sight.

Yep, "The Big Bus" was the predecessor to the long and luxuriant line of disaster spoofs you see lining the video shelves today. And to tell the truth, as a groundbreaker in this field, this movie is pretty funny.

Bologna is a down-and-out bus driver who is given one shot at redemption by being picked to man the Cyclops, the biggest single bus ever created, driving it coast to coast.

His old girlfriend (Channing) is a kind of bus stewardess on board and an old driving buddy (Beck) is also by his side. But so are a load of passengers as diverse as your average "Airport" or "Poseidon Adventure" movie, not to mention an inept terrorist (Margolin) trying to sabotage the bus at every turn while whining to his brother, "Why did YOU get the iron lung?".

It's that kind of movie.

You'll have a lot of fun picking out every star you can imagine from the '70s here, as well as discovering the jibes at every major convention of disaster movies, even the digs at the huge Cyclops bus itself ("The coyote is on backwards." Never mind, you'll see.)

Definitely a funny and fun movie. Get on this "Bus".

Ten stars for being one of the first on this bandwagon, as well as for some big laughs. And if you have a co-pilot for a huge bus, make sure he stays conscious.


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