The Big Bus

1976

The Big Bus

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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.

Cast

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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Audience Reviews for The Big Bus

  • Apr 15, 2010
    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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