Big Bus

The Big Bus

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Director: James Frawley

Cast: James Frawley, Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing, John Beck

     
 

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Before Airplane!, James Frawley's The Big Bus spoofed the disaster genre. The Big Bus comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded

Overview

Before Airplane!, James Frawley's The Big Bus spoofed the disaster genre. The Big Bus comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but Paramount deserves credit for making this older film look and sound as good as it does on this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Big Bus predates such Jerry Zucker-Jim Abrahams-David Zucker offerings as Airplane! and The Naked Gun but is conceptually very much in the same mold as these later off-kilter spoofs. What it lacks is the inspired zaniness of the ZAZ films, settling under James Frawley's competent-but-no-more direction for an amiable silliness. While there are a lot of chuckles (and plenty of good-natured groaners), the laughs don't come as fast and as frequently as they need to, and Frawley can't make the visual gags big enough to really pay off. There's also a big problem with the end of the film, in that it seems to just stop. In this kind of movie, a huge pay-off is absolutely essential, and its absence is keenly felt. That said, the general goodwill and silliness of the movie is contagious, and there are a number of wonderful moments (a bar brawl with a milk carton, René Auberjonois stealing a seat from Ruth Gordon and sneering "Where is your God now, old woman?") that stick with the viewer. And the large demi-star cast is quite good; Gordon deserves special praise, but all of the actors are right on the money. The Big Bus won't be a totally satisfying trip for many people, but there are some that will find its charms irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
UPC:
0097360882346
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital: English 5.1, English restored mono, French mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Bologna Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing Kitty Baxter
John Beck Shoulders O'Brien
René Auberjonois Father Kudos
Ned Beatty Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy Dr. Kurtz
José Ferrer Ironman
Ruth Gordon Old Lady
Harold Gould Prof. Baxter
Larry Hagman Parking Lot Doctor
Sally Kellerman Sybil Crane
Richard Mulligan Claude Crane
Lynn Redgrave Camille Levy
Richard B. Shull Emery Bush
Stuart Margolin Alex
Howard Hesseman Scotty's Aide Jack
Mary Wilcox Mary Jane Beth Sue
Walter Brooke Mr. Ames
Vic Tayback Goldie
Murphy Dunne Tommy Joyce
Miriam Byrd-Nethery Farmer's wife
Dennis Kort Farmer's son
James Jeter Bus Bartender
Raymond Guth Pickup truck driver.
Vito Scotti Barber
Harry Holcombe Priest
Morgan Upton 1st Cemetary Man
Dan Barrows 2nd Cemetary Man
Selma Archerd Bus Passenger
Joe Brooks Passenger
Richard Crystal Passenger
David Essex Passenger
Mickey Fox Passenger
Judy Motulsky Passenger
Cynthia Szigeti Passenger
Ann Weldon Passenger
Bert Williams Passenger
Andrew Winner Passenger
Carol Worthington Passenger
Alex Brown Passenger
Nick Pellegrino Passenger
Harry Frazier Passenger

Technical Credits
James Frawley Director
Chris Christenberry Asst. Director
Lawrence J. Cohen Producer,Screenwriter
Larry Cohen Producer,Screenwriter
Bob Dawson Special Effects
Mel Efros Asst. Director
Marianna Elliott Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Freeman Producer,Screenwriter
Barbara Krieger Set Decoration/Design
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Julia Phillips Executive Producer
Michael Phillips Executive Producer
Joel Schiller Score Composer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
David Shire Score Composer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Lee Vasque Special Effects
Edward Warschilka Editor
Doc Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Foul Play at Project Cyclops [8:23]
2. "We All Remember Mount Diablo." [8:07]
3. Dan Torrance Gets His Price [8:58]
4. Celebrities and Doubting Priests [8:41]
5. Bitterness in the Oriental Lounge [5:17]
6. Breaking Wind at 90 [3:40]
7. The Bicentennial Dining Room [4:43]
8. "There's a Bomb on This Bus!" [8:45]
9. No Brakes [8:13]
10. Harbinger Curve [4:56]
11. Saving Kitty Baxter [8:27]
12. The Miracle of Pantyhose [7:46]
13. Downhill to Denver [2:24]

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We went to see this with friends in 1976 and have been quoting lines from it for 26 years! Xmas present! very funny in a disaster cult way.