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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 RenÚ Auberjonois (parodying his M*A*S*H role), Ned Beatty, JosÚ 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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence J. Cohen, Fred Freeman, Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 16, 2002
Paramount Pictures


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
JosÚ 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 Wilco...
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 (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Movie Chambers

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

Full Review… | October 28, 2013
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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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This big budget spoof of irwin Allen films had a great 70's cast. Joe Bologna was a decent stand-in for Pacino... or so that's how it struck me. Jose Ferrer, Stockard Channing, and Lynn Redgrave were especially good in their respective roles


If you were alive and kicking in 1976, the topical humor in this movie will leave you on the floor laughing your lungs out. If you weren't around in 1976, you'll still get a big laugh even if you don't "get it."

Arthur Roach

The Big Bus Quotes

Dan Torrance: You eat one lousy foot - they call you a cannibal!
– Submitted by Terry D (2 years ago)
Sybil Crane: All right! All right! So I'm the daughter of poison gas! Happy? Happy now?
– Submitted by Gregg G (3 years ago)
Camille Levy: No pictures! No pictures!
– Submitted by Gregg G (3 years ago)

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