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Get on the Bus (1996)

 -  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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Cast

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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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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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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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Rather than seek studio financing, Spike Lee financed the film with monetary contributions from famous black men so as to reflect the spirit of the Million Man March. The contributors included (but were not limited to): Will Smith, Danny Glover, Wesley Snipes, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., and Robert Guillaume. 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 »

Quotes

George: Let's go get something to eat, Rick, then I'll drive the bus for awhile.
Rick: I need you to do me a favor, George.
George: Rick, you can't drive the Spotted Owl the whole way, now.
Rick: That's not it. If the base calls in, you tell them I got sick.
George: Why?
Rick: Because I'm not coming back.
George: Shit, what the hell do you mean you're not coming back?
Rick: I can't do it.
George: Oh come on, stop bullshitting, you're just trying to go to Graceland.
Rick: I'd be safer there.
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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 Spin City: Don't Get on the Bus (2000) See more »

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Coming Home To You
Written by Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Karen Anderson and Markell Riley
Used by Permission of Donril Music/Zomba Enterprises (ASCAP)
Chauncey Black Music for Smokin' Sounds (ASCAP)
Sexy Girl Music for Smokin' Sounds (ASCAP)
Tadej Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Teddy Riley
Co-produced by Chauncey Hannibal
Performed by Blackstreet
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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Powerfully good
22 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just got done watching Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus" for the first time in about a year. The movie is done in a manner, I can't really describe it, that is very different from previous efforts by Spike Lee. The film follows a bus of about twenty men, all African-American, on a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Million March that was held there in 1995, about a year before this movie was made. We follow each of the men, including a father and son who have tethered together on a court order; a homophobic actor, who takes an immediate disliking to two homosexual men; a cop whose father was killed in the line of duty; a former gang member who is now a social services worker for troubled kids who he's trying to keep from living a life in gangs; an up and coming film student, who is video taping the event so he can show it to his future children; and an open-hearted elderly man who is going to the Million Man March simply because he wants to.

"Get on the Bus" is in my opinion, one of Spike Lee's best films. Each of the characters are unique in one a way or another.

A film that is not to be missed.


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