Get on the Bus (1996)

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Released one year to the day after the 1995 Million Man March, in which a million African-American men marched peacefully in Washington, D.C. in a bid for greater unity and understanding, Spike Lee's Get On the Bus follows a group of black men who take a charter bus from Los Angeles to the rally in the nation's capital and watches as they interact and air their personal issues and concerns. George (Charles S. Dutton) is the organizer of the trip and de facto leader of the group. Evan Thomas … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Reginald Blythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2001
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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as Jeremiah

as Evan Thomas Sr.

as Randall

as Jindal

as Jefferson

as Rodney

as Officer Mike

as Dr. Cook

as Khalid

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Critic Reviews for Get on the Bus

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14)

It's a simple, appealing premise and filmmaker Spike Lee uses it to full comic advantage.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Washington Post
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A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes...

Full Review… | September 24, 2008
Variety
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Though Lee's deft expertise keeps things pacy and (mostly) plausible, the material can't avoid a certain predictability and, in the end, a preachy sentimentality.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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While the film assembles a full array of black male stereotypes and conines them to what is essentially a talky one-set play, Mr. Lee stylistically jump-starts this small, earnest film in every way he can.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It's two hours of men sitting on a bus talking, but the talk is alive. Lee keeps the scenes short, so that nothing ever resolves completely.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Get on the Bus

A cross-section of African-American men travel cross-country by bus to the Million Man March.
There are films that rise above their politics, films that promote a particular political ideology but also tell an intimate, human story. In literature, I think of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle as a representative example. This is not one of those films. Spike Lee's Get on the Bus is so pat and obvious in its politics that it doesn't get a chance to breathe on its own and its characters never rise above the types they represent. Lee's talent keeps the film afloat, and his camera tricks give the film an energy that we've come to expect from a "Spike Lee Joint," but the real problem remains in the script. This is not Lee or writer Reggie Rock Bythewood debating with himself; if you're confused about the film's politics, Charles S. Dutton lays it all out at the end for you.
Overall, I don't have a lot of opinions about the political statements themselves, but I can say that the film is confined by its message.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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½

A very interesting Drama story ^_^

EightThirty
EightThirty .

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½

Preachy Spike Lee rather than stylish Spike Lee spoils an otherwise decent film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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