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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
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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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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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Hill Harper played a 19 year old in the movie although he was 30 in real life. 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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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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Cruisin'
Written by Phillip Bailey, Roxanne Seeman, Sonny Emory and Morris Pleasure
Used by Permission of Sir & Trini (ASCAP), Noa-Noa Music (ASCAP), Sonnyside Up Music (BMI) and Moplay Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Maurice White
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of Kalimba Records
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"STAGE" Coach - An Inspired Analysis of Black Layers
3 January 2006 | by (LONDON) – See all my reviews

NO SPOILERS A real stunner from Spike Lee using his characteristic mental conundrums to mix a wide spectrum of all black male "individual" characters on the way to a march/event in Washington; a Gay couple, a truculent/homophobic guy/LAPD Cop/an Elder/a young Gang Member chained to his Father on a Judge's release understanding and many other interesting guys you would pass on the street - maybe without a second glance - until you see this film.

For me, a single white guy, I felt the film successfully served to strip away more than the fair share of stereotypical notions maintained in the collective consciousness of both black and white - "GET ON THE BUS" hits the spot over and over, and held my attention from start to finish.

The 'journey' travels along with the interaction of the characters, split into scenes by a great and meaningful soundtrack - the road is but a short journey but a longer way through the soul to give understanding.

Whilst the conclusion/end of the film was probably one of the most powerful messages, I did feel a little disappointment - but as I write, instead of me whining for a better ending, my mind has traversed across millions of attitudes and set free many images that had been lodged in my simple mind.

This may not sound like a riveting review - but you'll need to watch it

  • you'll be nourished.



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