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Get on the Bus (1996)

Ossie Davis , Charles S. Dutton , Spike Lee  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer, De'aundre Bonds
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Reggie Rock Bythewood
  • Producers: Spike Lee, Barry Rosenbush, Bill Borden, Reuben Cannon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051YMP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Get on the Bus" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Ossie Davis. Spike Lee's stirring look at the Million Man March chronicles the journey of one diverse group of black men from LA to Washington, D.C. 1996/color/121 min/R.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful film March 9, 2004
Format:DVD
Get on the Bus is one of Lee's best works. Poignant, funny and introspective, it tells the tale of various black men from various walks of life; a father and his estranged, angst-ridden son, a gay couple, an arrogant actor, an ex-Crip turned Muslim, a half white cop and Ossie Davis as the "spiritual grandfather/moderator" type. They travel from California to DC for the Million Man March, and along the way come to terms with prejudice and hatred they have felt without as well as within.
Some may criticize the "stereotypical" treatment of the white characters, but this may be a bit much. The Jewish Bus driver is an honorable character, and in a scene with him and Charles Dutton, director Lee let's him speak his side of the story "OK, I may have some problems with blacks....but no more worse than the problems you have with whites. I don't have anything to prove to these guys". Randy Quade's redneck cop may have been over the top, but suffice to say, there are people in parts of America who still treat people that way.
Overall, I think this film is definitely Lee's most underrated work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kaleidoscope of the black male experience... May 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
set against the backdrop of the Million Man March.
I believe that many people see us as one person, with a single set of feelings, motivations, values, abilities, temperments what have you. Spike Lee has done a wonderful job of chronicling the many different facets of what the black male experience is in america. But at the same time he very accurately shows how despite our differences, political affiliations, generations, educational levels, economic realities, and even sexual orientation we have a common goal and collective spirit that binds us together perhaps in a way that no other group (in america) will hopefully ever have to be bound.
As only a small minority of the populace falls within the spectrum of the characters represented in the film so too will only a small minority of the viewing public recognize the importance and quality of this film.
As a participant in the March itself I felt tremendous pride in seeing such a large and diverse representation of black america assembled united in a common cause. Not one that is directed angrily at anyone but one that hopes to inspire the individual to take greater responsibility to himself, his family, community, and mankind as a whole.
Accordingly this film is a fitting tribute to that event and the spirit of its participants and sympathizers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good piece of work March 3, 2002
Format:DVD
Don't get it wrong this movie is not about the Million Man March. This is an excellent work portraying the diversity amongst African-American men. This movie not only showed these differencies but also the interaction between their different views on current affairs, and how this affects unity amongst African-American men and women. I like how Spike Lee used the camera on the bus to give the viewer the feeling of actually riding on the bus with the travellers. The documentary feeling of the film also served to bring your psyche into the work.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spike Lee at his best and worst... April 26, 2004
Format:DVD
His best: social journalism. Nobody brings perennially pressing issues to the screen as consistently and vitally as Spike Lee---love or hate his films as you may, there's no argument that he does a superb job of provoking debate and reflection. Here it's Lee's two favorite topics, racial history/injustice/relations and (less prominently but still significant) gender/sexual issues...treated with a vast amount of humor and often insight.
His worst: at times some of his films implode when Lee gets on his soapbox and goes too heavy-handed---the Message blots out the Movie. This happens towards the last one-third, with the last 10 minutes especially preachy and contrived. The film craft breaks down, characters and dialogue that before had been pretty much spot-on suddenly verge into labored allegory and caricature.
It's like Lee drew up a laundry list of Pressing Societal Problems (brings to mind Larwence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon") and tried to allot 5-10 minutes for each one. Sometimes he does so with grace and wit, but sometimes he stumbles into glibness and stereotyping.
I was a little disappointed that Lee didn't show more of the actual Million Man march, maybe explore the controversial Louis Farrakhan a little bit more deeply. I was however pleasantly surprisd that Lee does take a fairly mature, gutsy stand on homosexuality and homophobia absent in some of his earlier films.
Had Lee made this film more as a straight (or pointed) documentary rather than trying to turn it into a heavy-handed inspirational treatise, I'd gladly give it 5 plus stars. Even in its current form it's well worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better the second time around April 8, 2008
Format:DVD
The first time I saw this movie , I wasn't impressed with it. It seemed boring and pointless. Then I watched again with friends and got the message behind it. Spike Lee has made a great male bonding film that everyone should see no matter what color you are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride THIS Bus! December 4, 2013
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Poignant film...excellent cast...truthful and entertaining at the same time (often times in a movie easier said than done)...a must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET A THE BUS February 4, 2013
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A FRIEND OF MINE HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS DVD FOR ALMOST FOREVER. FOUND IT ON AMAZON AND BOUGHT THIS FOR HER AS SHE USES THIS IN HER INSPIRATIONAL TEACHINGS AND HAS LENT IT OUT TO LEADERS OF YOUTH GROUPS AND MINISTERS.
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Published 4 months ago by Stacey Barlow
2.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity Lost
An idea full of promise; a set of stories that converge on a happening full of promise. Unfortunately Spike had long since lost his deft touch in just about every aspect of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stanley M. Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars michael jackson
i chose this rating cause michael jackson wrote the song on the line for this movie. this came on time
Published 15 months ago by Anthony Lembo
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 of 5
Spike Lee invites you to Get On The Bus. Its passengers consist of about twenty men, and a teenager played by De'Aundre Bonds overacting his role, all headed to The Million (black)... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marcel Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars get on the bus
I recieved this product in a timely manor and I loved it.It was an older dvd that I had been looking for a long time and I was so happy I found it. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by ruthie
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film that celebrates Diversity in United States!
I first viewd this film on television, and thought it was a jewel of a film!
It celebrates community and diversity in our country as men share their lives and
faith... Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by Robert D. Askren
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry-Looking for a social commentary but found none
Spike Lee tends to display the good and a lot of bad that are in people and highlights the meaningless and destructive nature of prejudice from a racial view point. Read more
Published on May 3, 2011 by TJ-STL
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational Bus ride for all issues
Get on the Bus is excellent. Male teenagers and adults will learn about what they have in common and how to bridge the social gap.
Published on November 30, 2009 by Kenny B
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BUS ADVENTURE!!!!
THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD MOVIE. I THINK THAT THIS MOVIE IS WAS PRETTY GOOD. I ENJOYED IT. CHARLES S. DUTTON AND AN ALL- STAR CAST GET ON THE BUS TO GO ON TO THE MILLION MAN MARCH IT... Read more
Published on January 15, 2006 by A. R SCOTT
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