The Big Bus

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Released 1976

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Director:
James Frawley
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG

The Big Bus is a broad 1976 comic spoof targeting the big budget disaster films of the 1970s. Mirroring the large ensemble casts of films like "The Towering Inferno" and "Airport," passengers on this inflated, nuclear powered bus include Kitty Baxter (Stockard Channing), the daughter of the scientist who designed the bus, an aging housewife (Ruth Gordon) escaping from her husband, and a failed priest, Father Kudos (Rene Auberjonois). The driver of the bus, Dan Torrance (Joseph Bologna), is the best in the business but has been ostracized by the bus driving community for allegedly eating some of his passengers when his former bus broke down in the desert. He denies this, claiming he had only eaten the floor mats and the seats like he was trained to do. He may have accidentally eaten a foot, but only by mistake, he protests. He is hired anyway and The Big Bus rolls down the highway facing mechanical failures, nefarious sabotage, as well as the personal and professional problems of its crew. This manic comedy was directed by James Frawley, from a script by Fred Freeman and Lawrence J. Cohen.

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