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Get on the Bus (1996)

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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 overview, first billed only:
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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  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was filmed in three weeks' time. See more »


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 »


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 »


Written by Raymond Jones
Used by Permission of Unicity Music, Inc./ Zubaidam Music (ASCAP)
Administered by MCA Music Publishing, A Division of MCA, Inc.
Produced by Raymond Jones
Performed by Marc Dorsey
Courtesy of 40 Acres and a Mule Musicworks
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This is the journey of a bus that is worth getting on.
17 February 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

We join the bus ride with a group of Black Americans as they journey to the Million Man March. During this journey, the camera enters the soul and beliefs of each character that represents a whole spectrum of the Black community. Their conversations range from the politics to the religions and beyond their inner-self . Each one finding new meaning to their life and destiny. Reggie's preachy but fascinating script is handled masterfully by the genius Spike Lee.

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