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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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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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Gross USA:

$3,540,307
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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

According to an article in the now discontinued bus magazine "Bus World", in 1976 the film's actual big bus itself made a real-life trip in California from Los Angeles to San Diego to promote the picture. See more »

Goofs

When the bus is being pulled out of the garage, the top of the front section just fits under the top of the door opening, but the back section of the bus includes an observation dome that is taller then the front of the bus. It could've never been pulled out of the garage. 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 Murder on the Orient Express (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything's Coming Up Roses
(uncredited)
Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim
Sung by the passengers, led by Father Kudos
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It would really be something to be a passenger on the bus.
21 June 2005 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

Obviously, with all the disaster films of the early '70s, someone had to make a spoof. And they did just that with "The Big Bus". It portrays the world's first nuclear-powered bus driving nonstop from New York to Denver. Naturally, the oil industry is worried that this novelty will ruin their business, and they seek to destroy it. That's the main plot, but the movie is mostly an excuse to have a bunch of silly things happen, as the more famous disaster spoof ("Airplane!") would do four years later.

Another aspect is of course the cast. Joseph Bologna and Stockard Channing get top billing as driver Dan Torrance and inventor Kitty Baxter, but there's even more. John Beck plays narcoleptic co-driver Shoulders O'Brien; Harold Gould plays Kitty's father who gets injured in an explosion; Jose Ferrer plays the diabolical Ironman, who seeks to blow up the bus; Ned Beatty plays Shorty Scotty, guiding the bus along its journey; Rene Auberjonois plays an awkward priest; Ruth Gordon plays an old woman; Sally Kellerman and Richard Mulligan play a couple who may or may not be getting a divorce; Lynn Redgrave plays a woman who has nothing to do but come onto men; and Larry Hagman plays the parking lot doctor.

Like I said, the whole thing was meant to be goofy, and it does not disappoint. Whether it's Shoulders falling asleep at inconvenient times, a truck full of hicks crashing into the bus and getting stuck, or some of the one-liners, the whole thing is a laugh riot.

By the way, although Richard Mulligan and Larry Hagman didn't share any scenes in this movie, this was the second time that they co-starred: Richard Mulligan once guest-starred on "I Dream of Jeannie". This was also the second time that Ruth Gordon co-starred with an "I Dream of Jeannie" cast member: Emmaline Henry (who played Amanda Bellows on "IDOJ") appeared in "Rosemary's Baby".

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