Get on the Bus Movie Review Summary

Actors: Charles S. Dutton, Ossie Davis, Isaiah Washington, Richard Belzer, Hill Harper, Bernie Mac

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Directed by Spike Lee in 1996. Twenty Afro-American people get on a bus in Los Angeles for a six days journey to Washington D.C. where they intend to take part in the Million Man March organized by Louis Farrakhan. These men come from different social backgrounds : Jeremiah, the older, has just been fired from his employer after 44 years in the same company, Flip is an actor waiting for a call from his impresario, Jamal is a former gang member and Xavier is a UCLA student who decides to shoot a documentary about this journey.
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The bus breaks down in the middle of the Californian desert and the passengers have to wait for another bus. The new driver, Rick, is white and is not so happy with the situation. The hours and the miles passing by, the passengers learn to know each other and tension grows. Jay and Randall, two homosexuals, must face the sarcasms of Flip. In the Tennessee state, Rick decides to come back alone in L.A. and George must drive the bus. Highwaypatrolmen stop the bus and look for drugs with racist prejudices. When they finally arrive in Washington D.C., Jeremiah has a heart attack and is brought to the hospital. Some of the passengers prefer to stay with the old man rather than to join in the March.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   racism! Road trip    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American Black

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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