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The Big Bus (1976)

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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
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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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22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy busz  »

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"The Big Bus" had thirty-two wheels, weighed seventy-five tons and measured 106 feet long. It was articulated, double-deckered and nuclear powered. See more »


When the bus is being pulled out of the garage, the top of the front section just fits under the top of the door opening, but the back section of the bus includes an observation dome that is taller then the front of the bus. It could've never been pulled out of the garage. See more »


Kitty Baxter: Dan's a good man, and he's never eaten a whole person in his entire life.
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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 »


Everything's Coming Up Roses
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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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