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The Big Bus (1976) Poster

(1976)

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The set-up cost to build "The Big Bus" vehicle was around $250,000.
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According to an article in the now discontinued bus magazine "Bus World", in 1976 the film's actual big bus itself made a real-life trip in California from Los Angeles to San Diego to promote the picture.
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On the news van that appears near the beginning of the film, the call letters are WZAZ. These call letters also appear in many comedies from what's known as the "ZAZ" team - Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker - though they had nothing to do with this film. See Airplane! (1980).
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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.
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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.
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The picture spent two years in development in scripting and preparation before filming commenced.
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Thirty stuntmen portrayed the drunken bus drivers on a spree.
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The weight of "The Big Bus" was said to have been the equivalent of eighty Volkswagen cars or five giant Sceni-Cruiser Greyhound buses.
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The nick-name of "The Big Bus" was "Cyclops". It was so-called due to the bus' solo large front headlight.
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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.
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Both The Big Bus (1976) and Airplane! (1980) were released by the Paramount Pictures studio.
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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.
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