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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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Shoulders
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Father Kudos
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Dr. Kurtz
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Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
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Professor Baxter
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Sybil Crane
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Claude Crane
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Camille Levy
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Emery Bush
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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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bus | disaster | pool | bowling | fart joke | See All (15) »

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The ride of your life. See more »

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Comedy | Action

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PG | See all certifications »
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22 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

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A nagy busz  »

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$3,540,307
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2.35 : 1
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Thirty stuntmen portrayed the drunken bus drivers on a spree. See more »

Goofs

This bus is supposed to be departing from midtown Manhattan and traveling to Denver by way of regular highways. This bus appears to be 20 feet tall. It would not fit under any of the many overhead clearances along the roads, especially those of any of the Hudson River crossings from Manhattan to New Jersey. See more »

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Scotty: The aerodynamics work! He's breaking wind at 90!
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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 »

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Everything's Coming Up Roses
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Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim
Sung by the passengers, led by Father Kudos
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Every Bad Gag, Done Well...
3 July 2004 | by See 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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