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The Big Bus (1976)




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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 (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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Joseph Bologna
as Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing
as Kitty Baxter
John Beck
as Shoulders
Ruth Gordon
as Old Lady
Rene Auberjonois
as Father Kudos
Ned Beatty
as Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy
as Dr. Kurtz
José Ferrer
as Ironman
Harold Gould
as Prof. Baxter
Larry Hagman
as Parking Lot Doctor
Sally Kellerman
as Sybil Crane
Richard Mulligan
as Claude Crane
Lynn Redgrave
as Camille Levy
Richard B. Shull
as Emery Bush
Howard Hesseman
as Scotty's Aide Jack
Mary Charlotte Wilcox
as Mary Jane Beth Sue
Walter Brooke
as Mr. Ames
Murphy Dunne
as Tommy Joyce
Raymond Guth
as Farm Family
Dennis Kort
as Farm Family
James Jeter
as Bus Bartender
Selma Archerd
as Bus Passenger
Morgan Upton
as 1st Cemetary Man
Dan Barrows
as 2nd Cemetary Man
Joe Brooks
as Passenger
Richard Crystal
as Passenger
David Essex
as Passenger
Mickey Fox
as Passenger
Judy Motulsky
as Passenger
Cynthia Szigeti
as Passenger
Ann Weldon
as Passenger
Bert Williams
as Passenger
Andrew Winner
as Passenger
Alex Brown
as Passenger
Nick Pellegrino
as Passenger
Harry Frazier
as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bus

All Critics (11)

You should never feel the creators desperately trying to force laughs where they don't naturally exist. That is the main problem of James Frawley's The Big Bus.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

What we have here is a strident comedy which is wholly off-target.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Before there was "Airplane," there was "The Big Bus." The granddaddy of the disaster spoof movies came out in 1976, and despite its unevenness, it's quite the hoot.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Big Bus [is] a consistently clever comedy that had the misfortune of being a couple of years ahead of its time.

October 28, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Big Bus can be hit-or-miss in its humor. But the hits are fairly big and the misses are comparatively small.

October 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I'd like to pretend it's a better movie than it is... its failings aren't gross and its modest pleasures are so far superior to the general run this slummy summer season that I feel very kindly toward it.

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Bus

Very much a mixed bag with a lot of talented performers trapped in this scattershot mess. Tries to lampoon the disaster movie craze and scores occasionally but mostly of the jokes fall flat.

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