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Get on the Bus

Director:Spike Lee
Writer:Reggie Rock Bythewood
Director of Photography:Elliot Davis
Editor:Leander T. Sales
Music:Terence Blanchard
Production Designer:Ina Mayhew
Producers:Reuben Cannon, Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush
Columbia; R; 122 minutes
Release:10/96
Cast:Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Richard Belzer, DeAundre Bonds, Andre Braugher, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Gabriel Casseus, Albert Hall, Harry Lennix, Hill Harper, Bernie Mac, Wendell Pierce, Roger Guenveur Smith, Isaiah Washington and Steve White

It's no accident that this film debuted on the anniversary of the Million Man March, the Louis Farrakhan-organized, historic gathering of, well, fewer than one million black men in Washington D.C. The film chronicles the 3,000-mile bus ride from Los Angeles to the march, with its 15 passengers trying to work out some heavy issues. Evan Thomas, Sr. (Byrd) and his petty-crook son, Junior (Bonds), are chained together per a court order and strengthen their troubled relationship. Biracial cop (Smith) has a chip on his shoulder since his father was killed by a black man. There's a gay couple (Washington and Lennix) who contemplate their role in the black community and give homophobe Flip (Braugher) some enlightenment. There's also a token white guy, a Jewish bus driver (Belzer), who wanted nothing to do with the march, citing Farrakhan's anti-Semitic views. The fresh dialogue and debates keep the film from seeming claustrophobic.


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