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Get on the Bus (1996)

A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

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Junior, aka 'Smooth'
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Flip
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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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Jay
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Wendell
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Gary
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Kyle
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Mike
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Jeremiah
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George
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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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$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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Hill Harper played a 19 year old in the movie although he was 30 in real life. See more »

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By evening on the second day of driving, the bus had gone from Los Angeles, CA to Memphis, TN (almost 1,800 miles). Despite driving through the night, by evening on the third day they had only traveled as far as Knoxville, TN (almost 400 miles). See more »

Quotes

Xavier: Why are you even going to the march?
Wendell: Niggas and cars, cars and niggas. Niggas need cars like cars need niggas. I gotta make me some money. You think I'm gonna miss out on all that networking, shit nigga you must be crazy. I got a joke for ya, nigga: What do you get when you cross a million lesbians and the million man march?
Jay: Ok, what do you get when you cross one million lesbians and the million man march?
Wendell: Two million mother-fuckers who don't do dick.
[laughs]
Wendell: You niggas somethin' else.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in The Office: Work Bus (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

We're A Winner
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Used by Permission of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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I'm almost willing to say it's Spike Lee's best film.
16 April 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I can't forget about the extraordinary Do The Right Thing though.

Get On The Bus follows the bus trip of a group of brothers on their way to the Million Man March. The acting is top of the line. The actor playing Evan Junior is a perfect match for his character. He turns in one of the greatest performances. The script is perfect and it only proves to be stronger when you remember that the film was shot in sequence. Which leads me to another point. Anyone with even a small amount of film-making understanding knows that it would have been hell to shoot this film in 35mm, so Spike Lee recorded in a smaller print and had it blown up. The result is a film that's almost documentary style but works perfectly.

Throughout the course of the film, Spike Lee introduces us to various personifications of the black man. Notice I used the word personifications, not stereotypes. We have a self hating brother, who is picked up halfway through the trip, who puts down on black schools and colleges. We have a highly homophobic brother who's loud and arrogant at the same time. We have a Muslim brother who has no lines but is integral even without lines. There are black republicans along on the trip. Two black homosexuals. And to top it off it's filmed entirely on a bus trip except for a few scenes which Spike Lee stated were on a sound stage.

Great film. 9/10


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