On the Buses

1971

Comedy

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IMDb Rating 6.1 10 1791

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Cast

Stephen Lewis as Blakey, Stan's Inspector
Wendy Richard as Housewife
Anna Karen as Olive Rudge, Stan's Sister
720p.WEB
810.24 MB
1280*952
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 28 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

A decent British comedy, and that's a surprise

Despite almost universal condemnation these days as one of Hammer's worst, this film adaptation of a popular TV comedy was the most successful film of the year at the British box office. I watched it with some trepidation, knowing it to be resented by the majority of Hammer fans, but to my relief I found it a witty, knowing and altogether nostalgic '70s comedy.

Like the best of the genre, ON THE BUSES provides a time capsule of working class life in the 1970s. The humour feels natural rather than forced, the characters feel true to life and the situations feel realistic. Yes, there's a preoccupation with sex and the film itself is crushingly misogynistic by modern standards, but the same can be said about comparable '70s movies of the era like CARRY ON LOVING or CARRY ON GIRLS.

As ever, my favourite character in the whole thing is Stephen Lewis's dogged inspector, but it's the dependable Reg Varney who holds the whole thing together as the lead. The storyline, which encapsulates a battle of the sexes, works well and there's a definite predominance of successful over unsuccessful gags. If you're a fan of British comedy in the 1970s then this is a must.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 7 / 10

Delightfully un-PC.

Admittedly, the humour in On The Buses is far from sophisticated, relying on 'nudge nudge wink wink' suggestiveness and crazy slapstick. In today's woke, politically correct, #MeToo climate, the innuendo and bawdiness in particular will be viewed by many as an embarrassment best swept under the cinematic carpet. However, those (like me) raised on a diet of Carry On films and ribald TV comedy (Dick Emery, Benny Hill, Are You Being Served?) and with a general appreciation of all things saucy from the '70s (the Confessions movies and the Adventures of... series) should find enough to enjoy about this big-screen outing for the On The Buses team to make it worth a ride.

Reg Varney plays bus driver Stan and Bob Grant is Jack his conductor, the pair spending every spare minute trying to chat up any tasty totty that crosses their paths. Quite how the pair ever score is beyond me - neither bloke is Brad Pitt - but both get lucky with a variety of skirt, from a married woman on their bus route, to the sexy Irish lass working in the canteen, to their 'clippie crumpet' female colleagues. The shenanigans that ensue are fairly predictable, and, if truth be told, not all that funny, but I cannot help but enjoy the film regardless, partly thanks to the likeability of its cheeky chappies, partly thanks to the feeling of nostalgia it gives me, and just a little bit because I know it upsets the easily morally offended (who I believe are now termed 'snowflakes').

6.5/10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.

N.B. This was a major hit for Hammer Studios (best known for their horror films) and spawned two sequels, Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973). Also, look out for the Lamb's Navy advert outside the bus depot, which features future Hammer glamour star and Bond babe Caroline Munro.

Reviewed by ShadeGrenade 8 / 10

"And you can get it 'On The Buses', upstairs or down inside..."

Those who regard the '70's as 'the decade that taste forgot' cite the success of 'On The Buses' in spurious defence of their views. "It was the most popular film of 1971!", they rage, "Everyone in Britain then must have been stupid!".

Er, no.

It came out at a bad time for British cinema. Big American studios had withdrawn funding for productions, hence something drastic needed to be done to keep cinemas open. The success of the 'Till Death Us Do Part' movie in 1969 provided an answer; make feature-length versions of hit television sitcoms. The bigger the sitcom the more popular the film was likely to be. In 1971, you could not find one more popular than 'On The Buses', then three years old. It made sound economic sense for a studio - in this case, Hammer Films - to buy the screen rights.

Nobody could have predicted just how successful it would turn out to be, overtaking 'Love Story' as that year's biggest picture in the U.K. Yes, it out grossed 'Diamonds Are Forever' too, but the latter only opened in December, while 'O.T.B' was on release in July, so oft-repeated comparisons between the box office performances of these films are grossly unfair.

One possible explanation for the film's extraordinary success may have been that it afforded many 'O.T.B.' fans, the ones who hadn't upgraded to colour television, with their first glimpse of their favourite show in anything other than monochrome.

Also, in the seaside towns and holiday camps it may have provided a respite for sodden tourists keen to escape from the occasionally appalling British weather ( which is how I came to see it ).

With that year's 'Carry On' ( 'Carry On At Your Convienience' ) proving a flop, 'On The Buses' was well placed to take advantage of audiences feeling let down by the latest outing of Sid, Hattie and co.

The main part of the plot ( the Luxton bus company getting up the noses of its staff by hiring women drivers ) could have formed the basis of a typical episode, but the writers were able to broaden ( some would say, coarsen ) the humour, which is why we get clippies taking their clothes off, slapstick ( Blakey getting drenched as Stan's bus goes though a puddle ) and jokes about incontinence. However, a subplot concerning Olive's pregnancy distanced the film from its television counterpart, as Arthur and Olive were childless in the series.

One thing common to nearly all these films ( apart from 'Please Sir!', ' Steptoe & Son', and 'Dad's Army' ) was the absence of the original theme music; here we get a dreary pub singalong ( credited to 'Quince Harmon' ) entitled 'Its A Great Life On The Buses'.

I can understand why some 'O.T.B' fans loathe the movies, but they should bear this in mind - for many years, this - and indeed the other two films - were the only 'On The Buses' to be found on British television.

Whatever their perceived shortcomings, they at least kept the flag flying for the crazy world of Stan, Blakey and co. Otherwise it might have been totally forgotten.

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