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Das Bus (2003)

Unrated | | Comedy, Documentary | 31 May 2003 (USA)
In the spirit of Waiting for Guffman and Spinal Tap , DAS BUS combines real and staged events alongside archival footage as viewers experience "BUS CULTURE" in the "Bible Belt" metropolis ... See full summary »


Benjamin Meade




Complete credited cast:
James Ellroy ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zaina Ali Zaina Ali ... The Belly Dancer
Cynthia Baker Cynthia Baker ... Herself
Stanley Banks Stanley Banks ... The Drunk
Jerry Butters Jerry Butters ... Man in Bus Stand
Stephen Caliendo Stephen Caliendo ... The Political Scientist
T.C. Craney T.C. Craney ... Himself
Justin Daniels Justin Daniels ... Skeemask
Bill Day Bill Day ... Wild Bill
Bill Gladden Bill Gladden ... Space Cowboy
Marc Hollabaugh Marc Hollabaugh ... Himself
Grant James Grant James ... Ben Meade
Jim Lamanno Jim Lamanno ... Himself
Baloney Ponyz Baloney Ponyz ... Hair Band
Jeff Rector ... Himself


In the spirit of Waiting for Guffman and Spinal Tap , DAS BUS combines real and staged events alongside archival footage as viewers experience "BUS CULTURE" in the "Bible Belt" metropolis of Kansas City. With Guest appearances by crime novelist James Ellroy and rap star Tech N9NE, DAS BUS is a thought provoking romp that will confront everyone's attitude about public transportation. You will laugh, you will cry, you will empathize, you will say "no way"--an independent film in the true sense of the word. Written by R. Douglas Chapman

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31 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Corticrawl Productions See more »
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A "mockumentary"? I'm not so sure.
18 March 2005 | by GayProfSee all my reviews

The description of "Das Bus" on its main page makes a point of describing it as a mockumentary in the spirit of "Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," and "Best In Show." However, after watching "Das Bus" on the Sundance Channel recently, I'm not so sure it is a true mockumentary. Yes, there are obviously staged segments, but there are also many interviews with bus drivers and riders, that are clearly real interviews. In addition there are many interviews with people who are self-described bus haters who unabashedly express disdain for public transportation in general, and for bus passengers specifically, describing them as losers, drunks, or worse. These interviews, and the vitriolic prejudice expressed by the interviewees, really shocked me. I suppose I hope these were staged. At first, I was uncertain that a film about riding the bus as a means of public transportation could hold my interest beyond a few minutes as a mere curiosity. However, it's hard to turn away from "Das Bus" as one fantastic anecdote after another is shared. The best ones are from the bus drivers who share their stories about the passengers from hell - - truly unbelievable, which, of course, makes them all the more believable and compelling. "Das Bus" is one of those valuable, quirky films whose 94 minutes speed by in a flash.

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