The Big Bus

1976

James Frawley
Director
Paramount
Studio

Maiden voyage of the world's first nuclear powered bus is plagued by disasters, courtesy of sinister forces allied with the oil lobby.

Amusng parody of the 1970s disaster films has been upstaged by Airplane!, but deserves a look, as it is funny and has an excellent cast that mirrors the sort of washed up old movie star/TV stalwarts you see in the real disaster films. The Zuckers-Abraham team wasn't involved with this one, but it's pretty obvious Airplane! owes a debt to this film. Note the call letters of the TV station in the opening--WZAZ-- maybe they did after all!

Fun useless fact: Bologna's character has the same name as the kid from The Shining, which was published the next year. Did Stephen King see this?

You eat one lousy foot and they call you a cannibal. What a world!

-Dave W.


The Big Bus
23rd June 1976
Cinema



88 mins
2.35:1

The Big Bus
16th July 2002
DVD



88 mins
2.35:1




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Joseph Bologna
Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing
Kitty Baxter
John Beck
Shoulders O'Brien
Rene Auberjonois
Father Kudos
Ned Beatty
Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy
Dr. Kurtz
José Ferrer
Ironman
Ruth Gordon
Old Lady
Harold Gould
Professor Baxter
Larry Hagman
Parking Lot Doctor
Sally Kellerman
Cybil Crane
Richard Mulligan
Claude Crane
Lynn Redgrave
Camille Levy
Richard B. Shull
Emery Bush
Stuart Margolin
Alex
Howard Hesseman
Jack, Scotty's Aide
Mary Charlotte Wilcox
Mary Jane Beth Sue
(as Mary Wilcox)
Walter Brooke
Mr. Ames
Vic Tayback
Goldie Newcombe
Murphy Dunne
Tommy Joyce
Raymond Guth
Farmer
Miriam Byrd-Nethery
Emma Mae, Farmer's Wife
Dennis Kort
Dennis, Farmer's Son
James Jeter
Bus Bartender
Vito Scotti
Barber
Harry Holcombe
Priest
Morgan Upton
1st Cemetery Man
Beans Morocco
2nd Cemetery Man
(as Dan Barrows)
Della Thomas
Stewardess
Jess Nadelman
TV Reporter
Michael W. Schwartz
Bus Station Greeter
Selma Archerd
Bus Passenger
Chuck Bergansky
Bus Passenger
Joe Brooks
Bus Passenger
Alex Brown
Bus Passenger
(as Alex A. Brown)
Bart Carpinelli
Bus Passenger
Richard Crystal
Bus Passenger
Jerry DeWilde
Bus Passenger
David Essex
Bus Passenger
Karalee Fenske
Bus Passenger
Mickey Fox
Bus Passenger
Harry Frazier
Bus Passenger
Laurie Hagen
Bus Passenger
An Tsan Hu
Bus Passenger
Gregory C. Johnson
Bus Passenger
Walter Lott
Bus Passenger
Vincent Milana
Bus Passenger
Judy Motulsky
Bus Passenger
Erin Kathleen O'Reilly
Bus Passenger
Nick Pellegrino
Bus Passenger
Eugenie Ross-Leming
Bus Passenger
Cynthia Szigeti
Bus Passenger
Ann Weldon
Bus Passenger
Bert Williams
Bus Passenger
Andrew Winner
Bus Passenger
Carol Worthington
Bus Passenger
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Bus Passenger
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Bus Passenger
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Bus Passenger
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Bus Passenger
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Fake Nuclear Tech Planting Bomb
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Fake Nuclear Tech Planting Bomb
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Hot Dog Customer
Gene LeBell
Bus Stop Bar Bartender
John Ashby
Driver in Bus Stop Bar
Gregory J. Barnett
Driver in Bus Stop Bar
Whitey Hughes
Whitey, Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Greenie, Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Pinkie, Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
(Julius LeFlore?)
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Brownie, Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Driver in Bus Stop Bar
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Ironman's Girfriend
Kenny Endoso
Ironman's Houseboy
John Ashby
Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett
Stunts
Steven Burnett
Stunts
Whitey Hughes
Stunts
Gene LeBell
Stunts

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