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The Big Bus 1976 PG CC

4.3 out of 5 stars (86) IMDb 5.6/10

A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the Oil lobby.

Starring:
Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action, Comedy
Director James Frawley
Starring Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing
Supporting actors John Beck, Rene Auberjonois, Ned Beatty, Bob Dishy, José Ferrer, Ruth Gordon, Harold Gould, Larry Hagman, Sally Kellerman, Richard Mulligan, Lynn Redgrave, Richard B. Shull, Stuart Margolin, Howard Hesseman, Mary Charlotte Wilcox, Walter Brooke, Vic Tayback, Murphy Dunne
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By John S Harris VINE VOICE on July 5, 2002
Format: DVD
Very funny spoof of the '70s disaster films. Barfight scene includes someone threatening our heroes, and our heroes defend themselves with a broken milk carton. "I hate to see a man down when he's kicked!"

All the standard disaster movie cliches are sent up. Dinner at the captain's table, the piano bar singer, engine trouble, estranged lovers rekindling a failed romance, hidden secrets, medical emergencies....all during a fateful cross-country trip on the world's first nuclear-powered bus on its maiden voyage. Joe Bologna (also seen in "My Favorite Year") and Stockard Channing headline a cast of '70s icons and Love Boat/Fantasy Island regulars. You just can't beat the drama of a life-threatening situation on an out-of-control BUS! This movie is funnier than you remember it, but if you didn't catch it on TV since the late 70's then do yourself a favor and buy this. Or buy me one. Either way, you'll be doing the right thing.
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Hop on the BIG BUS! You're in for a rare treat. Joseph Balogna and Stockard Channing star in the best movie parody since "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein"! The big bus is a nuclear-powered monster of a thing, complete with bowling alley, swimming pool, and piano bar. It can change tires automatically, while still moving! It can wash itself! It can go 90mph around curves, with only minor internal chaos! The passenger list is a screwball dream-come-true! Ruth Gordon is the dirty old lady, quick on the draw with her perfectly rude remarks! Rene Auberjonois is the conflicted / doubting priest, who has a nasty streak as long as the bus! Lynn Redgrave is the celebrity on board, seducing any man she encounters. She's also got a secret score to settle! Sally Kellerman and Richard Mulligan are the battling couple, set to finalize their divorce, but unable to keep their hands off each other! Of course, let's not forget the washed-up veterinarian, the terminal guy with six months to live (which Lynn Redgrave helps him to overcome), and the narcoleptic co-driver who passes out at the wheel every few minutes! Did I mention Larry Hagman as the doctor who spends most of the movie in a parking lot, because his patient (Harold Gould) "can't be moved"? Or Ned Beatty and Howard Hesseman as technicians who must work together, but just don't get along? Oh yeah, I almost forgot, there's a bomb on board! Drop whatever you're doing and buy this right now...
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Like the "Airplane!" films that succeeded it, "The Big Bus" is hilarious parody of the oh-so-popular disaster flicks of the 1970's. It is really like a disaster film as seen through the eyes of Tex Avery, the master animator who threw everything into his 'toons, including the kitchen sink at the expense of some poor soul.
"Bus" features a superb cast of movie and television performers who mimic every big name actor featured in bigger budgeted extravaganzas like "The Poseidon Adventure," "The Towering Inferno," and "Earthquake."
In the words of Spike Lee, one must "get on this bus" for a fun-filled ride.
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Way before AIRPLANE and AIRPLANE II and way before HOTSHOTS was THE BIG BUS. A hilarious spoof on disaster films with dozens of old television standards like Richard Mulligan, Ruth Gordon, Bob Dishy, Sally Kellermen, all lending their talents to this, one of the greatest stupid comedies around! This is cartoonist Gary Larson's Favorite comedy movie! And the prop bus they built for it is staggering as well. There isn't anything about this film that isn't funny, except that it ends.
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In a classic case of bad timing, this wonderful sendup of 70s disaster films came out four years before "Airplane," which means it got lost in the shuffle during the Bicentennial summer. And the studio failed to promote it at all. Superior to the later film on all counts, it boasts one thing that the Zuckers didn't have: An actual vehicle on which most of the action takes place, which means the liberal humor doesn't depend on silliness. That's a real 85-ton 32-wheel double decker bus (complete with swimming pool, bowling alley, and piano bar) zooming along the highway from New York to Denver. Stockard Channing (why didn't she make more movies?) is perfect as the bus inventor's daughter/hostess. The climax on a Rocky Mountain highway has to be seen to be believed. Packed with notable B-listers of the time, it's an undiscovered gem that shouldn't be missed, even without bonus features explaining how a nuclear-powered bus works. Perhaps a repackaging...
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Probably has some of the dumbest lines ever written for a movie. I thoroughly enjoy watching it again. My son and I saw this movie when it came out years ago and we still use some of the memorable lines that these actor had the guts to say. "You eat one foot and they call you a cannibal" from this movie is as clever as "Make my day" in the Clint Eastwood movies. Watch it, don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed and you too could be muttering some classic pickup lines when you're at your next party.
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Airplane stole so many gags from this movie it isn't even funny. (No pun intended.)

What no reviewer has mentioned is that the movie is gorgeous to watch...beautifully designed and shot. Airplane, although perhaps the more consistently funny movie, seems to have tried to copy the production of The Big Bus, but it comes off as looking sadly cheap and bland. They did learn the lesson, though, that you never stop the jokes coming. The Big Bus loses one star for letting up here and there to attempt moments of drama that don't quite work. But Stockard Channing working feverishly in the kitchen, as the bus tilts to and fro on the road, gets seven stars.
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