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The Big Bus is set aboard a nonstop, nuclear-powered luxury bus commandeered by Joseph Bologna. Naturally, Bologna is a tortured hero with a deep dark secret he keeps insisting he didn't eat all those passengers on his last disastrous drive. Stockard Channing and Harold Gould play the designers of the big bus, and of course they have a few skeletons in their closet. In fact, there isn't a passenger on the all-star manifest that isn't hiding something. The supporting cast features contributions by René Auberjonois...
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Overview

The Big Bus is set aboard a nonstop, nuclear-powered luxury bus commandeered by Joseph Bologna. Naturally, Bologna is a tortured hero with a deep dark secret he keeps insisting he didn't eat all those passengers on his last disastrous drive. Stockard Channing and Harold Gould play the designers of the big bus, and of course they have a few skeletons in their closet. In fact, there isn't a passenger on the all-star manifest that isn't hiding something. The supporting cast features contributions by René Auberjonois parodying his M*A*S*H role, Ned Beatty, José Ferrer, Ruth Gordon doing a devastating send-up of Airport's Helen Hayes, Sally Kellerman, Richard Mulligan, and many others; Murphy Dunne contributes a memorable bit as a smarmy cocktail pianist. Unfortunately, The Big Bus was dumped onto the summer 1976 release schedule without fanfare by Paramount, and it sank without a trace.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • UPC: 883316728598
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Presentation: Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,495

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 Jr. 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 Jr. Cinematographer
Lee Vasque Special Effects
Edward Warschilka Editor
Doc Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I only ate one foot!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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