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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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Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The weight of "The Big Bus" was said to have been the equivalent of eighty Volkswagen cars or five giant Sceni-Cruiser Greyhound buses. See more »

Goofs

After Dan falls out of the pickup truck, Kitty leans over the edge for a closeup shot. Her hair should be wet, but it's curled and styled. See more »

Quotes

Dan: Look, Bendix made a stew. I had no idea there was a foot in it.
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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

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Joseph Bologna and John Beck
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User Reviews

Original and hilarious spoof of disaster films.
10 February 2003 | by ffwcsecSee all my reviews

"The Big Bus" was released in 1976, four years before the landmark disaster flick-spoof, "Airplane!". Why "The Big Bus" was not as popular a film is a mystery, because it is every bit as funny as "Airplane!". The dialogue is witty, the sight gags are hilarious and plentiful, and the acting is just dead-pan enough to make it all work. Joseph Bologna and Stockard Channing head up an all-star cast heading from New York to Denver on a nuclear-powered bus, which is supposed to make the trip with no stops, but of course, disasters ensue. The bus is a luxury vehicle, complete with a piano bar, swimming pool, bowling alley and dining room. If you haven't seen "The Big Bus" check it out. It will make you laugh out loud.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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