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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Kitty Baxter
Father Kudos
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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 <>

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Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy busz  »

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Thirty stuntmen portrayed the drunken bus drivers on a spree. See more »


When the bus is hanging over the cliff, it would not rock. The weight of the pool water and nuclear engine would keep the rear section firmly on the ground. The articulated section would break, sending the forward section down the ravine. 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 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Sousa March
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by a band
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A disaster-movie spoof before Airplane! and just as funny!
11 February 2001 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

This film is a disaster movie spoof that pre-dates Airplane! It's about a giant nuclear-powered bus complete with a bowling alley and pool. Very very funny, okay, not as funny as Airplane!, but better than Airplane 2. The scene in the milk bar where two bus drivers fight with broken milk cartons is great, lots of goofy characters, great cast. Ruth Gordon! Stockard Channing! Richard Mulligan! Lots of 70's fun!

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