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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf engstem Raum  »

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Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the single most alluded to person in the film, Louis Farrakhan is only seen briefly as the men watch the footage of the March at the hospital. He is being escorted to the podium and viewed from the back. See more »


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 »


Jeremiah: I think as we prepare to go on this journey; it might be appropriate to have a prayer.
Jeremiah: Dear Lord, we ask you to...
Flip: [running onto the bus] Damn, I'm glad ya'll ain't left. I didn't think I was ever goin' to...
George: [angrily] Hey; CP Time, we tryin' to have a prayer here!
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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 »


Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Spike Lee (2000) See more »


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Buy your ticket and enjoy the ride!!
2 January 2000 | by (Bedfordshire, England) – See all my reviews

Get on the bus is a superb film in every way. The acting , the story ,the photography and the sound track are a joy to behold. Spike Lee should be praised for his unbiased view on the struggle for black rights in America. You may not always agree with some of the sentements of the film but you cant help be captivated. Dont miss it! 8 out of 10

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