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Get on the Bus (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, History  |  16 October 1996 (USA)
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A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

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Rick
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Junior, aka 'Smooth'
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Flip
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ...
Evan Thomas Sr.
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Jamal
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Craig
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Xavier
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Randall
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Wendell
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Storyline

Get on the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial background, and a White bus driver, all make the trek discussing issues surrounding the march, manhood, religion, politics, and race. Written by Robert Drake <robert.drake@index.com>

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On October 16, 1996, the one year anniversary of the Million Man March, Spike Lee invites you to lift your head, raise your voice, and...get on the bus.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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16 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Auf engstem Raum  »

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Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,837,711 (USA) (18 October 1996)

Gross:

$5,731,103 (USA) (15 November 1996)
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Trivia

Released on 16 October 1996; approximately one year after the March itself. See more »

Goofs

While driving from South Los Angeles to Washington DC, the bus takes the Pasadena Freeway north from downtown LA. This freeway ends in Pasadena and is not the way one would travel across the country. Furthermore, a bus of this size would not be permitted on this freeway. See more »

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Flip: I've always heard that Dallas has the finest honeys on the planet.
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Recumbent riders: Carol and Ken Lyon, who just happened to ride through the set on their Cross-Country Ramble from Ventura, CA, to Galveston, TX. See more »

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References Martin (1992) See more »

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On The Line
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babayface)
Used by Permission of Sony/ATV Songs LLC and ECAF Music (BMI)
Produced by Babyface for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Performed by The King of Pop, Michael Jackson
Courtesy of EPIC Records
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Excellent, Highly Underrated Film
3 July 2004 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I always intended to watch this movie for a long time but I kept putting it off. I was really surprised at how excellent and well-written this movie actually was. If you enjoy films where a group of diverse people are put into a situation and then left to deal with each other (eg "Twelve Angry Men"), then you must see this movie.

This film was also very intelligent. I think too many people believe that if you get a group of black men together for anything, they'll soon be calling each other "nigga" and violence will erupt, not necessarily in that order. About halfway through the movie, I told my wife that the n-word had not been used at all, and no punches had been thrown.

But I was wrong.

What made it even more interesting was the way the men responded to the person who called everyone "nigga," and there was a fight, which occurred between a homosexual and an arrogant, big-mouthed guy who kept calling him "faggot." I don't condone violence, but the gay guy knocked him down a peg or two, and he certainly had it coming.

This film also solidifies Andre Braugher as an incredible actor. He has taken on such diverse roles and here, he was outstanding. So many of these actors were. Almost every scenario and discussion is covered in two hours well spent.


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