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

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Rick
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Junior, aka 'Smooth'
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Flip
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Evan Thomas Sr.
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Jamal
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Craig
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Xavier
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Randall
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Jay
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Wendell
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Gary
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Kyle
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Mike
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Jeremiah
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George
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Jindal
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Shelly (as Kristin Wilson)
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Jefferson
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Rodney
Gary Lowery ...
Mitch
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Sandy
William Barillaro ...
Officer Mike (as William B. Barillaro)
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Dr. Cook
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Jamilia
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Gina
Jadi McCurdy ...
Ja-Dee
Hosea Brown III ...
Doc (as Dr. Hosea Brown III)
Guy Margo ...
Khalid
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Protester (uncredited)
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Tennessee State Trooper (uncredited)
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Traveler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Spike Lee

Written by

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Reggie Rock Bythewood ... (written by)

Produced by

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Bill Borden ... producer
Reuben Cannon ... producer
Spike Lee ... executive producer
Barry Rosenbush ... producer

Music by

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Terence Blanchard

Cinematography by

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Elliot Davis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Leander T. Sales

Editorial Department

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Gershon Hinkson ... apprentice editor
Dave Pultz ... color timer (as David Pultz)
Greg Speed ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Reuben Cannon

Production Design by

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Ina Mayhew

Costume Design by

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Sandra Hernandez

Makeup Department

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Lea Adams ... additional hair stylist: Virginia/D.C.
Merc Arceneaux ... additional makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Merc Arcereaux)
Micheline Bowman ... additional makeup artist: Virginia/D.C.
Garnett Burk ... additional makeup artist: Nashville (as Garrnett Burk)
Leonard Drake ... key hair stylist
Lumas Hamilton Jr. ... assistant hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Lumos Hamilton)
Anthony Miner ... assistant hair stylist: Los Angeles
Judy Murdock ... key makeup artist
Tomeka Rucker ... additional hair stylist: Nashville
Gina Selby ... additional hair stylist: Virginia/D.C.
Laura Sligh ... additional makeup artist: Virginia/D.C.

Production Management

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Debra D. Jeffreys ... post-production supervisor (as Debra Glass) / production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mike Ellis ... first assistant director (as Michael Ellis)
Tracey Hinds ... key second assistant director

Art Department

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Danny Bracht ... set dresser: Los Angeles
David A. Burr ... set dresser: Los Angeles
Blaise DeLacroix ... property master (as Blaise Delacroix)
Paul DeLeon ... prop assistant: Nashville
Mary E. Glynn ... art department coordinator / assistant to production designer
Daniel Hale ... set dresser: Nashville
Kristina Kilpe ... set dresser: Virginia/D.C.
Rob McGraw ... lead man: Nashville
Nancy Miller ... set dresser: Virginia/D.C.
Beryl Odette ... scenic artist: Los Angeles
Kelly Anne Ross ... set dresser: Nashville (as Kelly Ross)
Rob Sawyer ... prop assistant: Nashville
Armand M. Sears Jr. ... art production assistant: Los Angeles
Deborah Thomas ... lead man: Virginia/D.C.
Karl Van Sickle ... set dresser: Los Angeles
Senon Williams ... prop assistant: Los Angeles

Sound Department

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Gina Alfano ... adr editor
Dana Austin ... adr recordist: Los Angeles (as Dana Porter)
Donna Barrett ... sound production assistant: Virginia/D.C.
David Boulton ... adr mixer: New York (as David Bolton)
Kam Chan ... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah ... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Richard Clark ... assistant sound engineer
Robert Deschaine ... adr mixer: Los Angeles (as Bob Deschaine)
Trey Eckels ... sound production assistant: Nashville
Chris Fielder ... transfer assistant
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Donovan C. Howard ... apprentice sound editor (as Donovan Howard)
Bobby Johanson ... adr recordist: New York
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Kevin Lee ... supervising sound editor
Hal Levinsohn ... supervising adr editor
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson ... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly McCord)
Anthony M. McCovey ... boom operator (as Anthony McCovey)
Walter McCovey ... sound production assistant: Los Angeles
Karen McMullen ... dialogue editor
Tom Miho ... assistant sound engineer
Oliver L. Moss ... sound mixer (as Oliver Moss)
Glenfield Payne ... sound effects editor
Harry Peck Bolles ... adr editor
Bruce Pross ... foley supervisor
Rick St. Hilaire ... sound engineer
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer
Mark Wilder ... sound recording engineer
Frank Morrone ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Manny Siverio ... assistant stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bryant L. Allen ... additional grip: Nashville (as Bryant Allen Sr.)
Alex Applefeld ... 24 frame video operator: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Lennon Bass Jr. ... electrician: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Lennon Bass)
Chris Bennet ... rigging grip: Nashville
Khris Bennett ... rigging grip
Ken Bernstein ... electrician: Nashville
Michael Booker ... electrician: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Scott Brinson ... additional gaffer: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Samuel E. Brown ... electrician: Los Angeles
Charles Broyles ... grip: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Charles J. Broyles ... dolly grip: Nashville
Katherine M. Butler ... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Kate Butler)
Alan Caudillo ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Corso ... Steadicam operator: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Kerwin DeVonish ... camera loader: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Kerwin Devonich)
Aaron J. Galang ... grip: Los Angeles (as Aaron Galang)
Ben Gaskin ... best boy electric: Nashville
Rodrick S. Gaskin ... best boy electric: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Michael Gerlock ... grip production assistant: Nashville
Mike Haynes ... rigging electric: Nashville
Van Drey Herron ... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Beth Horton ... camera loader: Nashville (as S. Beth Horton)
Randy Jeter ... grip production assistant: Nashville
Carl Johnson ... gaffer
Michael Kelsh ... grip production assistant: Nashville
John Koth ... grip
Kip McDonald ... camera loader: Nashville
Geary McLeod ... camera operator: "b" camera
Diallo McLinn ... camera loader: Los Angeles
Anthony Q. Palmer ... electrician: Los Angeles (as Anthony Palmer)
Gerard Sava ... Steadicam assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Sonia Singleton ... electrician: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Sonia 'Sun' Singleton)
Lester Sloan ... still photographer
Shane Smiley ... rigging grip: Nashville
Wells A. Smith ... rigging grip: Nashville (as Wells Smith)
Bobby Spalding ... electrician: Nashville
Rusty Spann ... rigging electric: Nashville
Jeff Stewart ... best boy grip
Harold B. Taylor ... grip: Los Angeles (as Harold Taylor)
Richard Teasely ... generator operator
Joseph Dean Tinnin ... electrician: Nashville
Kent C. Tramel ... electrician: Los Angeles
Renee Treyball ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Derek Wells ... key grip
Danny Whitstone ... rigging electric: Nashville
Kerrec 'K-Man' Williams ... dolly grip: Los Angeles (as Kerreck William)

Casting Department

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Cherisse Gardner ... extras casting: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Winsome Sinclair ... extras casting: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Theron Smith ... extras casting: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Theron 'T' Smith)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nmadilaka Ahaghotu ... wardrobe intern: Los Angeles
Tina Boayue ... wardrobe intern: Los Angeles
Danielle Hollowell ... assistant to costume designer
Julie Tidwell ... wardrobe assistant: Los Angeles
Cassandra Williams Dickerson ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Christopher Buchanan ... location assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Michael Gregg ... location assistant: Los Angeles
Jamal Henry ... location manager
Patrick Kennedy ... location assistant: Nashville
George Norfleet ... location manager: East Coast

Music Department

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Sanford Allen ... musician: violin, concert master
Julien Barber ... musician: viola
Terence Blanchard ... conductor / score producer
Richard Brice ... musician: viola (as Richard Price)
Alfred Brown ... musician: viola
Milton Cardona ... musician: percussion
Marshall Coid ... musician: violin
Troy Davis ... musician: drums
Winterton Garvey ... musician: violin
Corrin Huddleston ... musician: harmonica
Stanley G. Hunte ... musician: violin (as Stanley Runte)
Peter Levin ... music copyist
Jesse Levine ... musician: viola
L. Londell McMillan ... music clearance (as Londell McMillan)
David Pulphus ... musician: bass
Al Regni ... musician: clarinet (as Albert Regni)
Edward Simon ... musician: piano
Alex Steyermark ... music supervisor / score producer
Dale Stuckenbruck ... musician: violin
Gerald Tarack ... musician: violin
Yuri Vodovoz ... musician: violin
Alexander Vselensky ... musician: violin
Maisie Weissman ... assistant music editor

Transportation Department

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Pedro Amaya ... driver: Nashville
Don Anderson ... driver: Nashville
John Blackwell ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
John Blenkhorn ... driver: Los Angeles
Steve Blenkhorn ... driver: Los Angeles (as Steven Blenkhorn)
Amanda Bonner ... driver: Los Angeles
Edwin Bowden ... driver: Nashville (as Edwin Bowden Jr.)
Ed Brooks ... driver: Nashville
Donald Diggs ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Bob Ellis ... driver: Los Angeles (as Robert Ellis)
Duke Foster ... transportation coordinator (as Walter 'Duke' Foster)
Spencer Foster ... driver: Los Angeles
Michael Granata ... driver: Los Angeles
Dave Hodgin Jr. ... driver: Nashville
Jimmy Humphreys ... driver: Nashville (as Jim Humphreys)
Mark A. James ... transportation coordinator
William Jefferson ... driver: Nashville
D.J. Jones ... driver: Los Angeles (as DJ Jones)
Mark W. Jones ... transportation coordinator: East Coast (as Mark Jones)
David Joseph ... driver: Los Angeles (as Dave Joseph)
E. Othell King ... driver: Nashville
Donene Kistler ... driver: Los Angeles (as Donene 'Doe' Kistler)
Arnie Knapp ... driver: Nashville
Don Light ... driver: Nashville
Lester Louise ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
John E. Mitchell ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as John Mitchell Jr.)
Jackie Newell ... driver: Nashville
Frank Perrotti ... driver: Nashville
Jose Reynoso ... driver: Los Angeles (as Jose 'Little Joe' Reynoso)
Lamar Salley ... driver: Los Angeles
Greg Stancil ... transportation captain: East Coast
Don Stubblefield ... driver: Nashville
Richard Teasely ... driver: insert car
Bob Williams ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Oscar Wood ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Joseph D. Woodward ... additional driver: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Joseph Woodward)
Bill Worthey ... driver: Los Angeles

Other crew

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Alan Aguilar ... chef
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer
William Barillaro ... bus consultant (as William 'Bus Bill' Barillaro)
Zelmer Bothic ... assistant: Mr. Lee
Hosea Brown III ... set doctor (as Dr. Hosea Brown III)
Rasheed Ali Brown ... office assistant: 40 Acres and a Mule (as Rasheed Brown)
Reuben Cannon Jr. ... intern: Los Angeles
Jossette Cooke ... assistant: Mr. Bythewood
Stacie N. Davis ... additional set production assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Carlos De La Torre ... additional set production assistant: Los Angeles
Lena Drobot ... assistant chef: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Michael F. Dunn ... craft service: Virginia and Washington D.C. (as Michael Dunn)
Scott A. Hale ... additional set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Scott Hale)
Creighton T. Harris ... intern: Los Angeles
George Harvell ... caterer: Nashville
Patricia Ann Holmes ... production accountant (as Patricia Holmes)
Mark Jackson ... production runner: Nashville
Tim Jameson ... caterer: Nashville
Kathy McDonald Jones ... production coordinator
Susan Jones ... production runner: Virginia and Washingtion D.C.
Steven Kates ... craft service: Los Angeles / office production assistant
Jason Lampkin ... administrative director: 40 Acres and a Mule
Farrah Landry ... intern: Los Angeles
Tendaji Lathan ... key set production assistant
Katherine Leatherwood ... office production assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Melissa Lundgren ... assistant production coordinator
Jenny Manriquez ... production associate
Guy Margo ... set production assistant
Keegan Martin ... production assistant
Richard Martinez ... synthesizer programmer
Jadi McCurdy ... set production assistant
Patt McCurdy ... production coordinator
Gabriel McKail ... film runner: Los Angeles
L. Londell McMillan ... associate album producer (as Londell McMillan)
Kene Jon Norton ... intern: Los Angeles
Lori Dawn Perkins ... intern: Los Angeles
Sherri Porter ... intern: Los Angeles
Brett Ramsey ... caterer: Nashville
Floyd A.B. Rance III ... additional footage: Million Man March (as Floyd Rance)
Donna Randall ... assistant accountant
Robert Roach ... set production assistant
Tanesa Singleton ... intern: Los Angeles
Anna C. Southall ... unit publicist (as Anna Southall)
Kimberly Steger ... production runner: Nashville
Rebecca Stripling ... office executive assistant: 40 Acres and a Mule
Jennie Tavares ... office production assistant: Los Angeles
David Thergood ... intern: Los Angeles
Tammy Thomas-Garnes ... assistant to producers (as Tammy K. Thomas)
Phil Tinnin ... additional set production assistant: Virginia and Washington D.C.
Gary A. Watson ... production legal services
Teresa Weissman ... script supervisor
Coati Mundi ... adr voice (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Auf engstem Raum (Germany)
  • La marcha del millón de hombres (Spain)
  • Marcha Sobre Washington (Portugal)
  • Otobus Ha-Haim (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Ha megy a busz (Hungary)
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  • 120 min
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Budget $2,400,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,837,711, 20 Oct 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia This was the first time that Spike Lee did not appear in a film that he directed. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Sleepers/Get on the Bus/To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday/Jude/Swingers (1996). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Flip: Oh my God, a gay black republican. Now I've seen everything!
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