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Bus Stop (1956)

Marilyn Monroe , Don Murray , Joshua Logan  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart
  • Directors: Joshua Logan
  • Writers: George Axelrod, William Inge
  • Producers: Buddy Adler
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059GEJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bus Stop" on IMDb

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A young and innocent cowboy discovers the girl of his dreams (Marilyn Monroe) and decides to make her his wife. She is more than reluctant to accept his proposal and he forces her to board a bus headed for Montana. The road is blocked and the journey is interrupted by an overnight stay at Grace's Diner, where her plight is soon revealed to all. Realizing his brute approach will never win her heart, he apologizes and kisses her goodbye, only to discover she really has grown to love him. Acclaimed by many as Marilyn Monroe's first serious acting performance. BUS STOP displays a mixture of humor and pain.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Duane
Many critics now say that it's a crime that Marilyn Monroe was never nominated for an Academy Award. Her not being nominated for her performance in "Bus Stop" is proof.
Today, we often see actors starring in movies that require them to speak with a certain accent, and their accents come-and-go during the movie. You wont find that here. Marilyn's hillbilly accent remains throughout the film, and it's a very realistic one. Initially, Marilyn's costume was an expensive getup created by the studio, but she herself went to a second-hand shop and found an outfit that she believed her character would actually wear. And, she agreed that she should wear the white, chalky make-up that she does in the film, as her character is one who sleeps during the day (never sees sunlight) and works at night.
Marilyn displays a wide range of emotions in this film--happiness, sexiness, sadness, excitement, and downright anger--and we feel every one of them. I dont think any other actress could have done a better job in the role.
The entire cast is excellent as well. The role of "Grace" is a scene-stealer!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUS STOP CORRECT RATIO June 10, 2013
Marilyn is undoubtedly at her best in this great motion picture. One correction to other comments - BUS STOP is full 2.35:1 Cinemascope, not 1.85:1. Be assured that those prone closeups are seen in their full glory - and Marilyn's performance of "That Old Black Magic" is SUPPOSED to be bad. It remains gloriously awful and one of THE great movie scenes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's best as the luminous Cherie November 14, 2001
Long out of print (and undeservedly so), "Bus Stop" returns to the video scene and just in time for the current DVD frenzy. Monroe is heartbreaking as kitchy chanteuse, Cherie, who's hijacked by a love-struck young buck played by Don Murray. When Cherie performs "That Old Black Magic", she's her own floor-show in more ways than one. Marilyn gives a nuanced romantic and comedic performance. Her sex appeal is, as always, unstoppable. But it's Cherie's heart (and Marilyn's) that seems stripped bare -- particulary in the key scene at the bus stop diner when the camera pulls in for an extreme closeup of Murray and Marilyn. Anyone who can sustain that kind of luminous vulnerability under such intense focus is truly a screen legend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
William Inge's BUS STOP had a 478 performance run on Broadway between 3/2/55 and 4/21/56. Production on Joshua Logan's film version began prior to the stage show's close. This was the movie debut of both Hope Lange and Don Murray. Edw. G. Robinson Jr. has an uncredited cameo as a rodeo cowboy.

Marilyn Monroe's superb performance as an Ozark Mountain gal working her way due west to Hollywood is compromised by a single script flaw. Off-key saloon singer 'Cherie' has for a couple of days been terrorized by yahooing Montana cowboy 'Bo' Decker (Murray), who blew into Phoenix to appear in a rodeo. After just meeting Cherie, Bo loudly insists she will marry him and live on his ranch. He even kidnaps the poor girl at the bus station when she tries to get away from him.

They arrive at Grace's remote Rocky Mountain diner (an "official" bus stop) in a blizzard. Cherie begs all who will listen to free her from her captor. Carl (Bray), the chivalrous bus driver that considers himself captain of his ship, challenges Bo to a fistfight. They go at it in the storm and Carl whales the tar out of Bo, who eventually gives up when he's caught in an unbreakable wrestling hold.

Cherie first watches their fight from inside Grace's and then goes in the cold to beg the two men to stop. Her dread of Bo has suddenly turned to sympathy at the sight of him getting beaten. When Bo, as preface to saying goodbye the next morning, apologizes for scaring heck out of her, ordering her around and abducting her, Cherie melts like an ice cube in a hot frying pan and coos that "I would go anywhere with you now."

Shrinks would have a field day analyzing the behavior of these two. What sort of message did this send in 1956 to young women seeing the film with a date?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderful! January 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What a great movie! Don Murray is perfect in the role of Beau and Marilyn Monroe is, well, awesome. If you ever wonder why some people become legends, she shows in this film why she is one. When she is on the screen, you don't look at anyone else! She is touching, beautiful, sexy - she's got it all. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, but you'll remember the 2 leads forever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Depot Dillema" October 7, 2008
It is too bad Don Murry did not get an acadamy award for this picture. He nails his character as a whiney, lovesick cowboy. The real treat in watching the picture is getting to see a very young Marylin Monroe doing splendidly as she emerges as a very fine dramatic actress. Time has shown how really great she was at her craft. There never has been nor never will be anything like her--mountains of imitators, some spending millions to advance their own careers have not come close. Some of her talent was natural and some of it learned by "the Method." Her timing is exquisite. The movie is a great record of a period marked by method acting and it displays examples of the best.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joshua Logan's Brilliant Second Feature Film September 14, 2001
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Bus Stop is Mister Logan's alternately sweltering, chilly and beautiful adaptation of William Inge's unforgettable stageplay, featuring Marilyn in one of her best film performances(aside from Huston's The Misfits) as naive child woman Cherie, a roadhouse chanteuse, a rotgut glamour girl from the wrong side of the tracks, who becomes the object of obsession for an equally infantile rodeo rider, Beau(Don Murray in an oscar nominated performance).Logan brings Inge's world to breathing technicolor life, and makes it all his own, bringing the bizarre couple from point A to point Z, from juvenile passion and hindrance to mutual love and affection.A fascinating work,containing some of film's most beautiful color closeups, a companion peace to Logan's other Inge adaptation PICNIC, both on the dynamic of man and woman and love.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Monroe's or Murray's best movies
I just watched this movie again after not seeing it for many years. I found it very disappointing. Marilyn Monroe was extremely talented but I do not feel this was one of her... Read more
Published 18 days ago by R. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Marilyn Monroe
If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan, this is her best performance in my opinion. I don't want to tell anything about the movie that might spoil it for you. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Nancy N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
But for Don Murray's shouting his lines so much (I guess that's what cowboys do - shout), this is pretty good.
Published 24 days ago by W. K. Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn at her best !
My 86 year old Dad is a Marilyn Monroe fan and was thrilled to receive this DVD. It arrived in mint condition--highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Maggy Tishfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Bus Stop
This is good!
I like it.
This is good!
I like it.
This is a silly rule : Must write so many words!!!!
Published 2 months ago by R. M. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie from way back
I'm not sure why my granddaughter and her ilk have recently fallen in fascination with Marilyn Monroe but they have so gave this to her as a gift. Read more
Published 2 months ago by betty
4.0 out of 5 stars CORNY STORY BUT
Its still fun to watch this story which is dated but such fine performances make it worth watching! Marilyn at her most tender!
Published 3 months ago by AZRIFLEMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars was a gift
I order this for a friend who dioes not have an Amazon account or pc but he is very satisfied
Published 3 months ago by Yolanda N. Aguilera
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Marilyn was gorgeous and talented !! Entertaining movie , but you feel bad for gorgeous Marilyn throughout the entire movie
Published 3 months ago by JAFAETH
4.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn
For me one of her best performances.The others are Prince and the Showgirl and Misfits.A great loss so early.A real talent.
Published 3 months ago by Lehmanesque
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