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Bus Stop (1956)

Marilyn Monroe , Don Murray , Joshua Logan  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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 (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059GEJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,266 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
Format:DVD
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUS STOP CORRECT RATIO June 10, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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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
Format:DVD
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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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
Format:DVD
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Marilyn Monroe films of all time!! October 7, 2007
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Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop gives one of her greatest perfomances; her comic timing is everything and she employs it to the hilt here. Also, her ususal attention to details and to gestures, is strongly in evidence.

At one point Marilyn puts on a sheep skin lined leather coat, a very worn coat, helped, and she does it in such a way that you would think it was a Black Glama ranch mink coat..perfection.

Her makeup, always here white, for "songs" in the "show." Her close ups, generously given by Joshua Logan clue us into certain moods she has about the cowboy(Don Murry) determined to marry her. There are the songs..Marilyn bought her own costumes for this film, and made sure they were from a rental agency and were very worn. Her rendition as Cheri of "Down Down I go" is not be believed..play it over and over and see what she does.

Many more details: when marilyn gets out of the cold into the Diner, watch her warming up top the stove, as if to a lover...it goes on, and it is gl;orious.

Brava Marilyn and the entire cast, and, J. Logan, the director, for yet another William Inge manifestation on the screen, that other being Picnic.

The reviews that say this is dated are unaware of the many reviavls of this play, and their dismal results. Also, see a Kate Hudson film, or Reese Witherspoon, or Sandra Bullock film for bad comic timing, terrible scripts and awful photography, and are they into thw itmnes in which we live?

Marilyn Monroe was not just an "icon" of the ages; she had an enormous talent, largely unrecognized. She knew evberything others thought of her, especially men, and she plays up to it and away from it with great skill and artistry. Bus Stop shows you this, and hjer supporting cast see it and are better for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movies
Just as I rememerbed it. My favorite m.m. movie not to forget the rest of the cast. So nice that we can enjoy these great movies we loved so much. Thanks for being there. Mary
Published 2 days ago by mary lasswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my all time favorite Marilyn Monroe movie, think one of her best roles
Published 17 days ago by Deborah A. Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality, Great Price!
Great Quality, Great Price!
Published 1 month ago by bobby.tracy87
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Marilyn Monroe is a very good actress. She does comedy very well. The movie is very good and funny.
Published 1 month ago by John D.Czelusniak
4.0 out of 5 stars at least this is not as bad as "There's no business
For the bluray transfer, at least this is not as bad as "There's no business..." One more time MM shows she was an actress, too bad she never realized this, or so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mario Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Added to my Marilyn collection.
Published 1 month ago by Sharron J. Gunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Bus Stop was one of Marilyn Monroe's best Acting Movie!!
Marilyn Monroe always wanted to be taken for a serious actor. And in this film she
does her best acting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See!
Classic and completely wonderful. What a cast! One of my all time favorites :)
Published 2 months ago by Americanwumn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Husband loved it
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Hepler
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming film... lots of nostalgic period images ...
Charming film...lots of nostalgic period images.
Published 2 months ago by william mitchell
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