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Get on the Bus (1996)

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A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director:

Spike Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Belzer ... Rick
De'aundre Bonds ... Junior, aka 'Smooth'
Andre Braugher ... Flip
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Evan Thomas Sr.
Gabriel Casseus ... Jamal
Albert Hall ... Craig
Hill Harper ... Xavier
Harry Lennix ... Randall
Bernie Mac ... Jay
Wendell Pierce ... Wendell
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Gary
Isaiah Washington ... Kyle
Steve White ... Mike
Ossie Davis ... Jeremiah
Charles S. Dutton ... George
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Storyline

Get on the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial background, and a White bus driver, all make the trek discussing issues surrounding the march, manhood, religion, politics, and race. Written by Robert Drake <robert.drake@index.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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On October 16, 1996, the one year anniversary of the Million Man March, Spike Lee invites you to lift your head, raise your voice, and...get on the bus.

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Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf engstem Raum See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,837,711, 20 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,731,103, 17 November 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opened on 1,207 screens earning $2.2 million in its first weekend. See more »

Goofs

While driving from South Los Angeles to Washington DC, the bus takes the Pasadena Freeway north from downtown LA. This freeway ends in Pasadena and is not the way one would travel across the country. Furthermore, a bus of this size would not be permitted on this freeway. See more »

Quotes

George: Let's go get something to eat, Rick, then I'll drive the bus for awhile.
Rick: I need you to do me a favor, George.
George: Rick, you can't drive the Spotted Owl the whole way, now.
Rick: That's not it. If the base calls in, you tell them I got sick.
George: Why?
Rick: Because I'm not coming back.
George: Shit, what the hell do you mean you're not coming back?
Rick: I can't do it.
George: Oh come on, stop bullshitting, you're just trying to go to Graceland.
Rick: I'd be safer there.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Recumbent riders: Carol and Ken Lyon, who just happened to ride through the set on their Cross-Country Ramble from Ventura, CA, to Galveston, TX. See more »

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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Written by Raymond Jones
Used by Permission of Unicity Music, Inc./ Zubaidam Music (ASCAP)
Administered by MCA Music Publishing, A Division of MCA, Inc.
Produced by Raymond Jones
Performed by Marc Dorsey
Courtesy of 40 Acres and a Mule Musicworks
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Excellent, Highly Underrated Film
3 July 2004 | by bryanac625See all my reviews

I always intended to watch this movie for a long time but I kept putting it off. I was really surprised at how excellent and well-written this movie actually was. If you enjoy films where a group of diverse people are put into a situation and then left to deal with each other (eg "Twelve Angry Men"), then you must see this movie.

This film was also very intelligent. I think too many people believe that if you get a group of black men together for anything, they'll soon be calling each other "nigga" and violence will erupt, not necessarily in that order. About halfway through the movie, I told my wife that the n-word had not been used at all, and no punches had been thrown.

But I was wrong.

What made it even more interesting was the way the men responded to the person who called everyone "nigga," and there was a fight, which occurred between a homosexual and an arrogant, big-mouthed guy who kept calling him "faggot." I don't condone violence, but the gay guy knocked him down a peg or two, and he certainly had it coming.

This film also solidifies Andre Braugher as an incredible actor. He has taken on such diverse roles and here, he was outstanding. So many of these actors were. Almost every scenario and discussion is covered in two hours well spent.


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