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Get on the Bus

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Get on the Bus

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
performer:
Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Ossie Davis, Deaundre Bonds, Charles S. Dutton, Hill Harper, Bernie Mac, Wendell Pierce, Isaiah Washington
director:
Spike Lee
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

The intimacy of video only increases the power of Spike Lee’s ensemble piece, Get on the Bus, about a group of African-American men on a journey from South Central L.A. to the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. The phenomenal cast includes Homicide‘s Braugher (as a homophobic thespian) and Richard Belzer (as a Jewish bus driver) and Waiting to Exhale‘s Wendell Pierce (as a cigar-puffing Republican). The standout performance, though, comes from Thomas Jefferson Byrd (whose face looks like a road map of his character’s hard life) as a long-absent father struggling to reconnect with his juvenile-delinquent son (DeAundre Bonds). With its grainy cinematography and loose-jointed structure, this is Lee’s scrappiest film since She’s Gotta Have It — and a trip well worth taking home. A-

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