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The Big Bus (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Action  |  22 October 1976 (West Germany)
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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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Comedy | Action

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22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

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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

At the very end, just before the the bus splits, they are supposedly heading into Denver. However, for just a moment before the "Denver 25 mi" sign, you can see a California state highway sign for CA2, the Angeles Crest Highway, north east of LA. See more »

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Dan: Look, Bendix made a stew. I had no idea there was a foot in it.
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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 »

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Tangerine
(1941)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played on piano and Sung a bit by Murphy Dunne (uncredited)
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Original and hilarious spoof of disaster films.
10 February 2003 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

"The Big Bus" was released in 1976, four years before the landmark disaster flick-spoof, "Airplane!". Why "The Big Bus" was not as popular a film is a mystery, because it is every bit as funny as "Airplane!". The dialogue is witty, the sight gags are hilarious and plentiful, and the acting is just dead-pan enough to make it all work. Joseph Bologna and Stockard Channing head up an all-star cast heading from New York to Denver on a nuclear-powered bus, which is supposed to make the trip with no stops, but of course, disasters ensue. The bus is a luxury vehicle, complete with a piano bar, swimming pool, bowling alley and dining room. If you haven't seen "The Big Bus" check it out. It will make you laugh out loud.


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