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Bus Stop [Import]
A young and innocent cowboy discovers the girl of his dreams (Marilyn Monroe) and decides to make her his wife. She is more than reluctant to accept his proposal and he forces her to board a bus headed for Montana. The road is blocked and the journey is interrupted by an overnight stay at Grace's Diner, where her plight is soon revealed to all. Realizing his brute approach will never win her heart, he apologizes and kisses her goodbye, only to discover she really has grown to love him. Acclaimed by many as Marilyn Monroe's first serious acting performance. BUS STOP displays a mixture of humor and pain.
Though it seems dated now, this film adaptation of William Inge's romantic comedy-drama was considered pretty hot stuff in its day, which was 1956. Directed by Joshua Logan from George Axelrod's script of Inge's Broadway hit, the film stars Marilyn Monroe as the kind of woman who can't understand why she always brings out the worst in men. A singer who has attracted the attention of a young rodeo rider (Don Murray) whom she meets on a bus, she finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. The young cowboy, whose intentions are honorable, can't control his temper and can't understand why this experienced woman won't take him seriously--and why she rejects him when he begins acting jealous and possessive. Love takes its lumps but comes out slugging in the end, with Marilyn at her vulnerable, jaded best. --Marshall Fine
Top Customer Reviews
Marilyn Monroe gives an acclaimed performance in the romantic classic directed by Joshua Logan that features Don Murray in his Oscar® Nominated role. When Beauregard "Bo" Decker [Don Murray], a naïve rodeo rider, meets saloon performer Chérie [Marilyn Monroe], he falls head over boots in love. After he literally lassoes Chérie onto a bus headed for Montana, where he plans to marry her, Chérie escapes off the bus smack in the middle of a snowstorm. But if Beauregard "Bo" Decker can learn to rein in his emotions, he might convince Chérie to warm up to him in this rewarding film.
FILM FACT: Award Nominations: 1957 British Academy Film Awards: Nominated: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for Don Murray. 1957 Directors Guild of America Award: Nominated: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Joshua Logan. 1957 Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy for 'Bus Stop.' Nominated: Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical for Marilyn Monroe. 1957 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for Don Murray. The film was shot in Idaho and Arizona.
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Max Showalter, J.M. Dunlap (uncredited), Ed Fury (uncredited), Buddy Heaton (uncredited), Fay L. Ivor (uncredited), Richard Culvert Johnson (uncredited), Lucille Knox (uncredited), Pete Logan (uncredited), Jack Martin (uncredited), David McMahon (uncredited), Phil J. Munch (uncredited), Jim Katugi Noda (uncredited), James O'Rear (uncredited), Wilbur Plaugher (uncredited), Edward G.Read more ›
Bo's other problem is that he tends to overdo everything. He does pushups in the bus, to the surprise and annoyance of the passengers and bus driver. But the worst flaw in his character is that he has no manners. As the bus driver asks him later, "Were you born in a barn?" Well, close, as he has been isolated on a ranch all his life.
At the Blue Dragon inn, Bo finds his "angel," a much put-upon singer named Cheri. He falls so in love with her that he announces to a stunned Virgil, and more than stunned Cheri, that he has found his girl and is going to marry her tomorrow.
Cheri herself has a long string of boyfriends and lovers, something that the naive Bo is unaware of. In her opening scene, when she's resting on the window sill, she is instantly harassed by rowdy cowboys pawing at her, and then by the manager. She's clearly not lived a happy life, but she does have a dream to go to Hollywood.Read more ›
The story begins when a rough rural cowboy sets off to a Phoenix rodeo with his friend Virgil. Virgil suggests that it is time for Bo to meet a lady friend. Bo sets his sights high, saying that he will know the girl when he sees her. Then, enters Cherie (said with a French accent) on stage whisperingly singing "that ole black magic". Bo falls head over heals for her on first sight when searching for his first "angel". Bo, inexperienced and naive about women, believes that he has found his wife in Cherie (he calls her Cherry) and proceeds to bring her aboard their Greyhound-style passenger bus on their return back home to Montana.
Cherie is confused as things are moving quickly. She struggles to get free of Bo, even claiming to a fellow passenger that she is being abducted against her will by Bo and his ranch companion Virgil (Arthur O'Connell). She doesn't want to marry Bo. Everything changes when the bus is stopped due to a blizzard and they are stuck all together at the bus stop lodge for the night.
Grace's Diner is where bus driver Carl ends his frustration with Bo and decides to fight him to stop him from his angry fit once he discovers Cherie was trying to escape.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Blu Ray brings new life to this classic MM stand out. Performances are even bigger and brighter with clarity and beauty... And heart ache, and glorious sentiment. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2013 by TCJ
Others have commented on the story-line and characters of this classic -- this was also Don Murray's film debut, which I don't remember seeing mentioned (although I'll admit I... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2012 by M. Bailin
I love old movies and I love Marilyn. But this just stinks. There's none of Marilyn's glamour or gold-digging charm. She's shrill and whiny in a terrible hick accent. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by JujubeMBA
As Cherie, the one-note chanteuse with little talent, Marilyn Monroe creates a character who is both pathetic and poignant. Read more
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