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The Big Bus (1976)

A nuclear powered bus driving cross-country, from New York City to Colorado, is destined for disaster due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the oil lobby.

Director:

James Frawley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Bologna ... Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing ... Kitty Baxter
John Beck ... Shoulders
Rene Auberjonois ... Father Kudos
Ned Beatty ... Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy ... Dr. Kurtz
José Ferrer ... Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
Ruth Gordon ... Old Lady
Harold Gould ... Professor Baxter
Larry Hagman ... Parking Lot Doctor
Sally Kellerman ... Sybil Crane
Richard Mulligan ... Claude Crane
Lynn Redgrave ... Camille Levy
Richard B. Shull ... Emery Bush
Stuart Margolin ... Alex
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Storyline

The ultimate disaster movie parody. A nuclear powered bus is going non-stop from New York City, New York to Denver, Colorado, and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the oil lobby. When the driver is injured, a washed up, down on his luck, but used to be great type, who as it happens, used to be engaged to the inventor's daughter is brought in to drive the giant bus which includes a one lane swimming pool and a one lane bowling alley. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

The ride of your life. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stockard Channing claims she nearly drowned for real during the soda fountain overflow scene. See more »

Goofs

After crashing into the bus, the Chevrolet pickup's front end is damaged beyond recognition from just crashing through a glass window. No metal vehicle would suffer that amount of damage from just crashing through a pane of glass. See more »

Quotes

Dan: Quick, how many decisions have I made today?
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Crazy Credits

Paramount Pictures thanks Trailways for their help and technical assistance in making this impossible picture possible. See more »

Connections

References Earthquake (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
In the score after the wedding
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User Reviews

 
A disaster-movie spoof before Airplane! and just as funny!
11 February 2001 | by fuldamobilSee all my reviews

This film is a disaster movie spoof that pre-dates Airplane! It's about a giant nuclear-powered bus complete with a bowling alley and pool. Very very funny, okay, not as funny as Airplane!, but better than Airplane 2. The scene in the milk bar where two bus drivers fight with broken milk cartons is great, lots of goofy characters, great cast. Ruth Gordon! Stockard Channing! Richard Mulligan! Lots of 70's fun!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Bus See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,540,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,540,307
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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