- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 30, 2001
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Spike Lee - Director
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 10/31/1996
"...[A] provocative talkfest on wheels..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/1997
"...GET ON THE BUS marks a powerful return to form....This film is about maturity and the embracing of responsibility..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/18/1996
"...GET ON THE BUS takes [Lee] to a new level of artistic maturity....A work of refined intensity..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 10/07/1996
"...A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/16/1996
"...Heartfelt and finally celebratory....Real and significant, it's successful at holding our interest, at making us care and believe..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/16/1996
"...What makes GET ON THE BUS extraordinary is the truth and feeling that go into its episodes....This is a film with a full message for the heart, and the mind..."
As a fictional group of men, bonded together simply by the color of their skin, embark on a chartered bus from South Central Los Angeles to the Million Man March in Washington, DC, their divergent personalities and purposes ultimately lead them to a greater understanding of themselves, each other, and the importance of their journey. GET ON THE BUS is a passionate dissertation on the African American male experience from director Spike Lee and screenwriter Reggie Rock Blythewood.
Black Heritage |
Social Issues |
- GET ON THE BUS was released theatrically on October 16, 1996, which was the one-year anniversary of the Million Man March.
- The film was shot in three weeks on locations across America.
- Despite rumors to the contrary, Columbia Pictures offered to fund this film. However, in the spirit of the Million Man March, the $2.4 million budget was fully financed by contributions of $100,000 to $200,000 from 15 African American men, including director Spike Lee, screenwriter Reggie Rock Blythewood, producer Reuben Cannon, actors Wesley Snipes, Will Smith, Robert Guillaume, and Danny Glover, music executive Jheryl Busby, basketball player Charles Smith, lawyer Johnnie Cochran and businessmen Olden Lee, Lem Daniels, Calvin Grigsby and Larkin Arnold. Their production entity was titled A 15 Black Men Production.
- Actors Andre Braugher and Richard Belzer also appeared together in the TV series HOMICIDE.