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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.
A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Belzer ... Rick

De'aundre Bonds ... Junior, aka 'Smooth'

Andre Braugher ... Flip
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Evan Thomas Sr.

Gabriel Casseus ... Jamal

Albert Hall ... Craig

Hill Harper ... Xavier

Harry Lennix ... Randall

Bernie Mac ... Jay

Wendell Pierce ... Wendell

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Gary

Isaiah Washington ... Kyle

Steve White ... Mike

Ossie Davis ... Jeremiah

Charles S. Dutton ... George

Joie Lee ... Jindal

Kristen Wilson ... Shelly (as Kristin Wilson)

Frank Clem ... Jefferson
Bob Orwig ... Rodney
Gary Lowery ... Mitch
Debra Rogers ... Sandy
William Barillaro ... Officer Mike (as William B. Barillaro)
Susan Batson ... Dr. Cook

Paula Jai Parker ... Jamilia

Gina Ravera ... Gina
Jadi McCurdy ... Ja-Dee
Hosea Brown III ... Doc (as Dr. Hosea Brown III)
Guy Margo ... Khalid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Randy Quaid ... Tennessee State Trooper (uncredited)

William Shipman ... Traveler (uncredited)

Directed by
Spike Lee 
Writing credits
Reggie Rock Bythewood (written by)

Produced by
Bill Borden .... producer
Reuben Cannon .... producer
Spike Lee .... executive producer
Barry Rosenbush .... producer
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leander T. Sales 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Production Design by
Ina Mayhew 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
Makeup Department
Lea Adams .... additional hair stylist: Virginia/D.C.
Merc Arceneaux .... additional makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Merc Arcereaux)
Micheline Bowman .... additional makeup artist: Virginia/D.C.
Garnett Burk .... additional makeup artist: Nashville (as Garrnett Burk)
Leonard Drake .... key hair stylist
Lumas Hamilton Jr. .... assistant hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Lumos Hamilton)
Anthony Miner .... assistant hair stylist: Los Angeles
Judy Murdock .... key makeup artist
Tomeka Rucker .... additional hair stylist: Nashville
Gina Selby .... additional hair stylist: Virginia/D.C.
Laura Sligh .... additional makeup artist: Virginia/D.C.
Production Management
Debra D. Jeffreys .... post-production supervisor (as Debra Glass)
Debra D. Jeffreys .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Ellis .... first assistant director (as Michael Ellis)
Tracey Hinds .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Danny Bracht .... set dresser: Los Angeles
David A. Burr .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Blaise DeLacroix .... property master (as Blaise Delacroix)
Paul DeLeon .... prop assistant: Nashville
Mary E. Glynn .... art department coordinator
Mary E. Glynn .... assistant to production designer
Daniel Hale .... set dresser: Nashville
Kristina Kilpe .... set dresser: Virginia/D.C.
Rob McGraw .... lead man: Nashville
Nancy Miller .... set dresser: Virginia/D.C.
Beryl Odette .... scenic artist: Los Angeles
Kelly Anne Ross .... set dresser: Nashville (as Kelly Ross)
Rob Sawyer .... prop assistant: Nashville
Armand M. Sears Jr. .... art production assistant: Los Angeles
Deborah Thomas .... lead man: Virginia/D.C.
Karl Van Sickle .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Senon Williams .... prop assistant: Los Angeles
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Dana Austin .... adr recordist: Los Angeles (as Dana Porter)
Donna Barrett .... sound production assistant: Virginia/D.C.
David Boulton .... adr mixer: New York (as David Bolton)
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Richard Clark .... assistant sound engineer
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer: Los Angeles (as Bob Deschaine)
Trey Eckels .... sound production assistant: Nashville
Chris Fielder .... transfer assistant
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Donovan Howard .... apprentice sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist: New York
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Kevin Lee .... supervising sound editor
Hal Levinsohn .... supervising adr editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly McCord)
Anthony M. McCovey .... boom operator (as Anthony McCovey)
Walter McCovey .... sound production assistant: Los Angeles
Karen McMullen .... dialogue editor
Tom Miho .... assistant sound engineer
Oliver L. Moss .... sound mixer (as Oliver Moss)
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... adr editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Rick St. Hilaire .... sound engineer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Wilder .... sound recording engineer
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited temp mix)
Manny Siverio .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryant L. Allen .... additional grip: Nashville (as Bryant Allen Sr.)
Alex Applefeld .... 24 frame video operator: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Lennon Bass Jr. .... electrician: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Lennon Bass)
Chris Bennet .... rigging grip: Nashville
Khris Bennett .... rigging grip
Ken Bernstein .... electrician: Nashville
Michael Booker .... electrician: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Scott Brinson .... additional gaffer: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Samuel E. Brown .... electrician: Los Angeles
Charles Broyles .... grip: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Charles J. Broyles .... dolly grip: Nashville
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Kate Butler)
Alan Caudillo .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Corso .... Steadicam operator: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Kerwin DeVonish .... camera loader: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Kerwin Devonich)
Aaron J. Galang .... grip: Los Angeles (as Aaron Galang)
Ben Gaskin .... best boy electric: Nashville
Rodrick S. Gaskin .... best boy electric: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Michael Gerlock .... grip production assistant: Nashville
Mike Haynes .... rigging electric: Nashville
Van Drey Herron .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Beth Horton .... camera loader: Nashville (as S. Beth Horton)
Randy Jeter .... grip production assistant: Nashville
Carl Johnson .... gaffer
Michael Kelsh .... grip production assistant: Nashville
Kip McDonald .... camera loader: Nashville
Geary McLeod .... camera operator: "b" camera
Diallo McLinn .... camera loader: Los Angeles
Anthony Q. Palmer .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Anthony Palmer)
Gerard Sava .... Steadicam assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Sonia Singleton .... electrician: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Sonia 'Sun' Singleton)
Lester Sloan .... still photographer
Shane Smiley .... rigging grip: Nashville
Wells A. Smith .... rigging grip: Nashville (as Wells Smith)
Bobby Spalding .... electrician: Nashville
Rusty Spann .... rigging electric: Nashville
Jeff Stewart .... best boy grip
Harold B. Taylor .... grip: Los Angeles (as Harold Taylor)
Richard Teasely .... generator operator
Joseph Dean Tinnin .... electrician: Nashville
Kent C. Tramel .... electrician: Los Angeles
Renee Treyball .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Derek Wells .... key grip
Danny Whitstone .... rigging electric: Nashville
Kerrec 'K-Man' Williams .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (as Kerreck William)
Casting Department
Cherisse Gardner .... extras casting: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Theron Smith .... extras casting: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Theron 'T' Smith)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nmadilaka Ahaghotu .... wardrobe intern: Los Angeles
Tina Boayue .... wardrobe intern: Los Angeles
Danielle Hollowell .... assistant to costume designer
Julie Tidwell .... wardrobe assistant: Los Angeles
Cassandra Williams Dickerson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Gershon Hinkson .... apprentice editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Greg Speed .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Sanford Allen .... musician: violin, concert master
Julien Barber .... musician: viola
Terence Blanchard .... conductor
Terence Blanchard .... score producer
Richard Brice .... musician: viola (as Richard Price)
Alfred Brown .... musician: viola
Milton Cardona .... musician: percussion
Marshall Coid .... musician: violin
Troy Davis .... musician: drums
Winterton Garvey .... musician: violin
Corrin Huddleston .... musician: harmonica
Stanley G. Hunte .... musician: violin (as Stanley Runte)
Peter Levin .... music copyist
Jesse Levine .... musician: viola
L. Londell McMillan .... music clearance (as Londell McMillan)
David Pulphus .... musician: bass
Al Regni .... musician: clarinet (as Albert Regni)
Edward Simon .... musician: piano
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Alex Steyermark .... score producer
Dale Stuckenbruck .... musician: violin
Gerald Tarack .... musician: violin
Yuri Vodovoz .... musician: violin
Alexander Vselensky .... musician: violin
Maisie Weissman .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Pedro Amaya .... driver: Nashville
Don Anderson .... driver: Nashville
John Blackwell .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
John Blenkhorn .... driver: Los Angeles
Steve Blenkhorn .... driver: Los Angeles (as Steven Blenkhorn)
Amanda Bonner .... driver: Los Angeles
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... driver: Nashville
Ed Brooks .... driver: Nashville
Donald Diggs .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Bob Ellis .... driver: Los Angeles (as Robert Ellis)
Duke Foster .... transportation coordinator (as Walter 'Duke' Foster)
Spencer Foster .... driver: Los Angeles
Michael Granata .... driver: Los Angeles
Dave Hodgin Jr. .... driver: Nashville
Jimmy Humphreys .... driver: Nashville (as Jim Humphreys)
Mark A. James .... transportation coordinator
William Jefferson .... driver: Nashville
D.J. Jones .... driver: Los Angeles (as DJ Jones)
Mark W. Jones .... transportation coordinator: East Coast (as Mark Jones)
David Joseph .... driver: Los Angeles (as Dave Joseph)
E. Othell King .... driver: Nashville
Donene Kistler .... driver: Los Angeles (as Donene 'Doe' Kistler)
Arnie Knapp .... driver: Nashville
Don Light .... driver: Nashville
Lester Louise .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
John E. Mitchell .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as John Mitchell Jr.)
Jackie Newell .... driver: Nashville
Frank Perrotti .... driver: Nashville
Jose Reynoso .... driver: Los Angeles (as Jose 'Little Joe' Reynoso)
Lamar Salley .... driver: Los Angeles
Greg Stancil .... transportation captain: East Coast
Don Stubblefield .... driver: Nashville
Richard Teasely .... driver: insert car
Bob Williams .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Oscar Wood .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Joseph D. Woodward .... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Joseph Woodward)
Bill Worthey .... driver: Los Angeles
Other crew
Alan Aguilar .... chef
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
William Barillaro .... bus consultant (as William 'Bus Bill' Barillaro)
Zelmer Bothic .... assistant: Mr. Lee
Hosea Brown III .... set doctor (as Dr. Hosea Brown III)
Rasheed Ali Brown .... office assistant: 40 Acres and a Mule (as Rasheed Brown)
Christopher Buchanan .... location assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Reuben Cannon Jr. .... intern: Los Angeles
Jossette Cooke .... assistant: Mr. Bythewood
Stacie N. Davis .... additional set production assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Carlos De La Torre .... additional set production assistant: Los Angeles
Lena Drobot .... assistant chef: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Michael F. Dunn .... craft service: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Michael Dunn)
Michael Gregg .... location assistant: Los Angeles
Scott A. Hale .... additional set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Scott Hale)
Creighton T. Harris .... intern: Los Angeles
George Harvell .... caterer: Nashville
Jamal Henry .... location manager
Patricia Ann Holmes .... production accountant (as Patricia Holmes)
Mark Jackson .... production runner: Nashville
Tim Jameson .... caterer: Nashville
Kathy McDonald Jones .... production coordinator
Susan Jones .... production runner: Virginia and Washingtion D.C.
Steven Kates .... craft service: Los Angeles
Steven Kates .... office production assistant
Patrick Kennedy .... location assistant: Nashville
Jason Lampkin .... administrative director: 40 Acres and a Mule
Farrah Landry .... intern: Los Angeles
Tendaji Lathan .... key set production assistant
Katherine Leatherwood .... office production assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Melissa Lundgren .... assistant production coordinator
Jenny Manriquez .... production associate
Guy Margo .... set production assistant
Keegan Martin .... production assistant
Richard Martinez .... synthesizer programmer
Jadi McCurdy .... set production assistant
Patt McCurdy .... production coordinator
Gabriel McKail .... film runner: Los Angeles
L. Londell McMillan .... associate album producer (as Londell McMillan)
George Norfleet .... location manager: East Coast
Kene Jon Norton .... intern: Los Angeles
Lori Dawn Perkins .... intern: Los Angeles
Sherri Porter .... intern: Los Angeles
Brett Ramsey .... caterer: Nashville
Floyd A.B. Rance III .... additional footage: Million Man March (as Floyd Rance)
Donna Randall .... assistant accountant
Robert Roach .... set production assistant
Tanesa Singleton .... intern: Los Angeles
Anna C. Southall .... unit publicist (as Anna Southall)
Kimberly Steger .... production runner: Nashville
Rebecca Stripling .... office executive assistant: 40 Acres and a Mule
Jennie Tavares .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
David Thergood .... intern: Los Angeles
Tammy Thomas-Garnes .... assistant to producers (as Tammy K. Thomas)
Phil Tinnin .... additional set production assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Gary A. Watson .... production legal services
Teresa Weissman .... script supervisor
Coati Mundi .... adr voice (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #34796)
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Opened on 1,207 screens earning $2.2 million in its first weekend.See more »
Errors in geography: 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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I'm almost willing to say it's Spike Lee's best film., 16 April 2005
Author: mrgray83 from USA

I can't forget about the extraordinary Do The Right Thing though.

Get On The Bus follows the bus trip of a group of brothers on their way to the Million Man March. The acting is top of the line. The actor playing Evan Junior is a perfect match for his character. He turns in one of the greatest performances. The script is perfect and it only proves to be stronger when you remember that the film was shot in sequence. Which leads me to another point. Anyone with even a small amount of film-making understanding knows that it would have been hell to shoot this film in 35mm, so Spike Lee recorded in a smaller print and had it blown up. The result is a film that's almost documentary style but works perfectly.

Throughout the course of the film, Spike Lee introduces us to various personifications of the black man. Notice I used the word personifications, not stereotypes. We have a self hating brother, who is picked up halfway through the trip, who puts down on black schools and colleges. We have a highly homophobic brother who's loud and arrogant at the same time. We have a Muslim brother who has no lines but is integral even without lines. There are black republicans along on the trip. Two black homosexuals. And to top it off it's filmed entirely on a bus trip except for a few scenes which Spike Lee stated were on a sound stage.

Great film. 9/10

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