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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

This was the first time that Spike Lee did not appear in a film that he directed. See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

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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"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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