Get on the Bus
On October 16, 1996, the one year anniversary of the Million Man March, Spike Lee invites you to lift your head, raise your voice and get on the bus.
In 1995, the controversial minister Louis Farrakhan staged the Million Man March in Washington, an opportunity for the black man to show unity. It was a good idea, except for the fact that no women were allowed. Farrakhan deserved plenty of criticism, and the fictional bus trip to the capital that director Spike Lee and the writer have come up with does not avoid controversy. All kinds of characters have gotten on the bus, young and old, gay and straight, Christian and Muslim… there’s even a Republican. The set-up, a chance to discuss the black man’s role in society, is obvious but interesting to watch nevertheless. Good acting helps.
The YouTube clip shows Minister Farrakhan and the crowd giving the Million Man March pledge.
1996-U.S. 120 min. Color. Produced by Reuben Cannon, Bill Borden, Barry Rosenbush. Directed by Spike Lee. Screenplay: Reggie Rock Bythewood. Cast: Ossie Davis (Jeremiah Washington), Charles S. Dutton (George), Andre Braugher (Flip Carter), DeAundre Bonds, Albert Hall, Isaiah Washington… Bernie Mac. Cameo: Randy Quaid.
Trivia: Prominent people such as the director, the writer, Danny Glover, Will Smith and Wesley Snipes financed the film.
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