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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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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
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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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bus | disaster | pool | bowling | fart joke | See All (15) »


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Comedy | Action


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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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Did You Know?


The route of the cross-country journey that "The Big Bus" took was from New York City in New York State to Denver in Colorado. See more »


The bus driver tries to disarm the bomb by going into a hatch just in front of the rear tires. When he fails to disarm the bomb there, it explodes. For the rest of the movie, the bomb damage is just behind the rear tires in a place the bus driver could not have reached. See more »


Scotty: The aerodynamics work! He's breaking wind at 90!
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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 »


You're Just in Love (I Wonder Why)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung a bit by Murphy Dunne (uncredited)
Then Sung a cappella by the bus passengers
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Earthtones, earthquakes, bombs and bimbo's
14 January 2003 | by (Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

The Big Bus is the kind of film that will make you giggle and grimace, frequently during a viewing. Almost of a kitchen-sink humor, you'll giggle out loud at the parodies of the great 70's disaster flicks.

This is a film with wonderful cameos featuring b-grade stars who evidently hadn't anything better to do that day, then show up at the studio and act out some schtick. It's campy, rompy, and fun. As I recall, the film's tagline was "You'll die laughing!" Well it is a disaster spoof...

Pay particular attention for a classic line in which elderly runaway from home Ruth Gordon tells Renee Auberjenoius (as a doubting priest) how happy she was that god put her in the seat next to a priest. Father Kudos responds, "If it was god that put you here, why didn't he give you a fancy window seat like mine?! I, Kudos, a doubter luxeriate in a window seat, while you, aging with age, get older yet in that disgrace of an aisle seat!! Where is your god now old woman?!" Ruth Gordon responds, "Jesus, I'm sorry I asked!"

Check this gem out - There are far worse ways to die, than to die laughing while watching "The Big Bus"!

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