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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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AT LAST - THE FIRST DISASTER MOVIE WHERE EVERYBODY DIES (laughing) 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

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Beck and Larry Hagman would later star together in Dallas (1978) between 1983 and 1986. 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

Voice in barfight: Look out! He's got a broken milk carton!
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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 Murder on the Orient Express (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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It's not Airplane! but it tries and has plenty of funny moments
21 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Technology has brought us many wonderful things – but at what risks? One such advancement is the creation of a nuclear bus that runs direct from New York to Denver. However the sinister Oil Lobby are out to stop the bus from succeeding (wouldn't they!). When the driver is injured washed up driver Dan Torrance is brought in despite his history with the inventor's daughter. Can they survive the dangerous maiden journey?

Disaster spoofs were big business around this time – mainly because the genre had been done to death and it was a very easy target to lampoon. However not all worked because they weren't funny. Airplane will always be the best but this little jewel is still pretty funny. It doesn't feel as funny as Airplane simply because it's taken the action and put it in a spoof location rather than spoofing a normal location. However it still allows plenty of laughs and manages to be really funny.

Bologna is a good lead, but Beck steals a lot of it with his role as shoulders. It's funny seeing Stockard Channing drowning in soft drinks and the rest of the cats is filled out with some names – Hagman, Kellerman, Beatty etc.

Overall it may not have the fame of Airplane, and many of the jokes just aren't fresh 20 years on but it's still worth a look if you like spoofs.


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