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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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Shoulders
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Father Kudos
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Dr. Kurtz
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Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
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Professor Baxter
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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

The actual bus used for the picture had been part of the Los Angeles Bicentennial Parade in 1976 according to production designer Joel Schiller's personal web site. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen, Kitty is laying on her stomach unconscious facing the front of the bus and in the next two shots, she is on her back facing the rear. However, this is also a continuity error within an error. In the second shot of her, she is in the center of the floor and in the last shot, she is closer to the counter. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Air on the G String
(uncredited)
by Johann Sebastian Bach
Heard in Ironman's mansion
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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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