Get on the Bus
Our next Rialto Recommends is Spike Lee's 1996 Joint GET ON THE BUS. A disparate group of African-American men climb on a bus bound for the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. -- among them, Evan Sr. (Thomas Jefferson Byrd) and his son, Smooth (De'aundre Bonds), who have been shackled together as a condition of Smooth's temporary probation. Although the group begins the trip as strangers, their shared stories and experiences unite them as their discourse builds a portrait of what it means to be black in America. GET ON THE BUS finds Spike Lee pulling a page from history with fervor and flair, offering a strong, stirring fact-based drama further elevated by an array of solid performances. Newsweek raved "The wonder of this funky, heartfelt film is that its humanity easily eclipses its didacticism. Working fast and cheap, Lee seems revitalized by the urgency of the endeavor." While Variety said GET ON THE BUS is "A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes..." GET ON THE BUS is streaming on the Roku Channel, Tubi, DirectTV and BET+ on AmazonPrime. Check out Spike Lee's return to his indie filmmaking roots and his vital exploration of being a black man in America in the 1990's.