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The Big Bus Details


The Big Bus is set aboard a nonstop, nuclear-powered luxury bus commandeered by [[Performer~P7154~Joseph Bologna~josephbologna]]. Naturally, [[Performer~P7154~Bologna~josephbologna]] is a tortured hero with a deep dark secret (he keeps insisting he didn't eat all those passengers on his last disastrous drive). [[Performer~P12304~Stockard Channing~stockardchanning]] and [[Performer~P27975~Harold Gould~haroldgould]] 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 [[Performer~P119~René Auberjonois~renéauberjonois]] (parodying his [[Feature~V133103~M*A*S*H~mash[tvseries]]] role), [[Performer~P4810~Ned Beatty~nedbeatty]], [[Performer~P89648~José Ferrer~joséferrer]], [[Performer~P92118~Ruth Gordon~ruthgordon]] (doing a devastating send-up of [[Feature~V1307~Airport~airport]]'s [[Performer~P31226~Helen Hayes~helenhayes]]), [[Performer~P37443~Sally Kellerman~sallykellerman]], [[Performer~P51273~Richard Mulligan~richardmulligan]], and many others; [[Performer~P20654~Murphy Dunne~murphydunne]] 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Joseph Bologna
as Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing
as Kitty Baxter
John Beck
as Shoulders O'Brien
René Auberjonois
as Father Kudos
Ned Beatty
as Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy
as Dr. Kurtz
José Ferrer
as Ironman
Ruth Gordon
as Old Lady
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
Stuart Margolin
as Alex
Howard Hesseman
as Scotty's Aide Jack
Walter Brooke
as Mr. Ames
Vic Tayback
as Goldie
Murphy Dunne
as Tommy Joyce
Miriam Byrd-Nethery
as Farmer's wife
Dennis Kort
as Farmer's son
James Jeter
as Bus Bartender
Mickey Fox
as Passenger
Judy Motulsky
as Passenger
Morgan Upton
as 1st Cemetary Man
Vito Scotti
as Barber
Selma Archerd
as Bus Passenger
Ann Weldon
as Passenger
Bert Williams
as Passenger
Richard Crystal
as Passenger
Carol Worthington
as Passenger
Cynthia Szigeti
as Passenger
Andrew Winner
as Passenger
Raymond Guth
as Pickup truck driver.


James Frawley
Fred Freeman
Lawrence J. Cohen
Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen
Lawrence J. Cohen
Fred Freeman
Harry Stradling, Jr.
David Shire
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Schiller
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Warschilka
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Michael Phillips
Executive Producer
Julia Phillips
Executive Producer
Barbara Krieger
Set Designer
Joel Schiller
Set Designer
Marianna Elliott
Costume Designer
Doc Wilkinson
Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Vasque
Special Effects
Bob Dawson
Special Effects
Mel Efros
First Assistant Director
Chris Christenberry
First Assistant Director
Lynn Stalmaster