HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Call to Spy, A
Tailgate
Other Lamb, The
Every Time I Die
Lynn + Lucy
Topsy-Turvy
Honest Thief
Blood and Money
Rose: A Love Story
Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made
Om Dar-B-Dar
Silencing, The
J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of SubGenius
Dick Johnson is Dead
Two/One
Cognition
Legacy of Lies
I Am Woman
Alien Addiction
Dare, The
South Terminal
Little Monsters
Yield to the Night
My Zoe
Young Playthings
End of Summer
Times of Harvey Milk, The
Buddies
Threshold
Perfectly Normal Family, A
Ravage
Honeymoon Phase, The
One Summer
Bird Island
Variety
Devil to Pay, The
Gypsy
Lost in London
Divorce Italian Style
Becky
   
 
Newest Articles
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
   
 
  Big Bus, The Kings Of The Road
Year: 1976
Director: James Frawley
Stars: Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing, John Beck, Ned Beatty, Rene Auberjonois, Sally Kellerman, Richard Mulligan, Ruth Gordon, Bob Dishy, Lynn Redgrave, Stuart Margolin, José Ferrer, Howard Hesseman, Richard B. Shull, Harold Gould, Larry Hagman, Murphy Dunne
Genre: ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Plans have been unveiled to the press for the journey of the first nuclear powered bus in history. It will travel from New York to Denver non-stop, but even before it's set off, there are problems. The oil industry, concerned about loss of earnings, have set up a saboteur to halt the bus in its tracks, and the laboratory is blown up in a suspicious explosion, injuring the two drivers. The designer, Kitty Baxter (Stockard Channing), reluctantly asks an old flame, Dan Torrance (Joseph Bologna), if he will pilot the bus, but Torrance has been disgraced by a incident in his past - can he pull himself together and drive the bus to success?

Nowadays The Big Bus, which was written by producers Lawrence J. Cohen and Fred Freeman, lives in the shadow of Airplane. You can't mention this film without referring to the fact that it was a disaster movie spoof three years before the hit take-off of Airport movies, and that's a pity, because while this treads the same path, it's easily as funny, and in some parts, funnier than its more famous counterpart. A few people would have you believe The Big Bus is on the whole the more enjoyable film, but I wouldn't quite go that far.

The writers have obviously studied the likes of Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and Earthquake to gather ammunition for their comedy. Ther hero is a man with a past, who has to redeem himself and win back his old girlfriend. What happened was that he was a driver in a coach accident and when they were left stranded, his co-driver ate all the passengers to stay alive. Torrance ate the bus, except for one night when, in a state of delirium, he tried the co-driver's stew and accidentally consumed a foot. "You eat one lousy foot," he laments, "and they call you a cannibal - what a world!"

The passengers on the bus are no less clichéd, and all the better for it. Sally Kellerman and Richard Mulligan play a warring couple on the brink of divorce who are still passionate about each other. Rene Auberjonois is a priest who has lost his faith, Ruth Gordon is a little old lady (what else?) who is escaping the drudgery of her home life, and Bob Dishy is a vet who has been banned for life and has lost his confidence. As in those disaster movies, the tragedy that befalls them helps them to find the courage to be what they want in life, well, except for Ruth Gordon, she stays a little old lady.

There is such a wealth of gags that if one joke doesn't come off, another one swiftly arrives to take its place, delivered with great expertise by a reliable cast. The mood is ridiculous throughout, and it works up a fine line in hilarity. For example, Torrance's co-driver on the big bus is Shoulders O'Brien (John Beck), who admits as the bus is about to pull away that he's called Shoulders because that's where he drives, and also that he's prone to blackouts - but only when the bus is moving. The mock serious tone is ideal, and there's some great dialogue: "Where's your god now old woman?!" demands the priest when he gets a window seat instead of the old lady. But really the film only exists to get to the next gag, which means not much story and an abrupt ending. Music by David Shire. Watch for the lounge bar piano player: "Six months to live!"
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 10812 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: