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The Big Bus (1976)

The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the ... See full summary »

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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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The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver 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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The ride of your life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Action

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy busz See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

For the big arrival of the big bus, a bus station in downtown Los Angeles had to have its roof raised, so the gigantic coach could enter the facility. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Kitty are in the back of the pickup truck, they (and their clothes) are dry. Both should still be wet since they've just left the flooded kitchen. 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 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Air on the G String
(uncredited)
by Johann Sebastian Bach
Heard in Ironman's mansion
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Every Bad Gag, Done Well...
3 July 2004 | by mhfcaSee all my reviews

Saw this when first released, and it was a howler...but only to a genuine movie and TV fan.

In addition to the various disaster films of the 1970s, it also harkens back to some classic WWII films, the smarmy romances of the 60s and 70s, and not a small number of tidbits from television.

Our circle of friends who saw it together are all film nuts, and we spent days picking the film apart and identifying all of the references and parodies, and still find ones we missed whenever we catch it again.

It's not a spectacular film...hell, it's not even that great of a comedy if you don't get the parody references...but it _is_ one of those films that "hangs together" into a working product.

If you aren't a film buff, then simply sit down on the couch with your favorite nosh, and empty your mind to accept the totality...

And don't cut yourself on the broken milk carton.


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