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Bus Stop (The Diamond Collection)

Marilyn Monroe , Don Murray , Joshua Logan    Unrated   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars MM... Mmmmmmmm Aug. 17 2013
By TCJ
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. MM should have got an Oscar!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great conversion to DVD Feb. 26 2012
By M. Bailin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 didn't wade through all the reviews).

Probably its best feature, unrelated to story and stars, is that Fox did an incredible job of restoring the film as well as remastering for DVD. Audio and video are excellent, and if you didn't already know, you'd never be able to guess how old the original film really is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This trip's gonna be mighty educational Jan. 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
So says the fatherly Virgil to his younger friend Bo Decker following a conversation where Virgil suggests its time Bo find himself a woman, "a plain looking, little old gal." Bo though wants to find himself an angel. However, the conversation takes a bit of a chauvinistic tone from the green and inexperienced Bo, who is headed to Phoenix to compete in the rodeo. Says Bo, "That steer this moment--he didn't wanna get throwed, did he? Well, I throwed him. Some wild horse you borke in, he don't wanna be broke, do he? But you don't let what he wants stop you. So what makes you think a gal's gonna be any different?" To paraphrase Virgil in a more contemporary way, "Houston, we've got a problem."
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE ON A BUS Jan. 1 2004
Format:DVD
Very funny adaptation of the William Inge play finds Marilyn Monroe romantically abducted by country bumpkin who has fallen in love with her. Monroe is ravishing and sympathetic as the saloon girl Cheri turned unwilling fiance and Don Murray in a debut performance as the hardheaded Bo finds a great mix of whooping and hollering and real romantic depth. Some of Bo's manhandling of Cheri gets a bit harsh in accordance with cinematic sexual mores of 1956; a skirt tail is ripped off, she is helplessly hoisted upon his shoulder, but this is effectively an innocent and touching film with just the right amount of naivete.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A wretched adaptation of a great play Nov. 4 2003
Format:DVD
Yes Monroe gives one of her greatest performances (the other being in THE MISFITS). However, after directing two different productions of the William Inge's excellent character driven play of the same title, I must say that I cannot objectively judge this wretched adaptation.
Gone is all of Inge's carefull character sketches and complex study of human nature. BUS STOP as a story has never been solely star vehicle. Cherie is but a small part of an ensemble cast. Gone in this film version is Dr. Lyman and his resurrection in the hands of the neophyte Elma. Gone too is the sexual dynamics of bus driver Carl and the lonely Grace. The setting change from Kansas to Idaho loses so much of the midwestern heart that drives Inge's central narrative.
Again, the film is worth watching for Monroe's fine star making performance, but if anyone has read, scene or produced the heart-breakingly beautiful original play, the movie adaptation just doesn't add up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monroe is Sweet, Movie not so Oct. 15 2003
Format:DVD
This story is about a vulnerable hillbilly saloon entertainer, Cherie (Marilyn Monroe), who is bowled over and smothered by an unworldly, manner less rodeo rider, Bo (Don Murray) who seeks to find a lady companion. They are two opposites that end up attracting in the end. A sweet story, Bus Stop was very enjoyable although a little unbelievable at times. Marilyn Monroe is sweet, naive but gorgeous as usual. Hard to believe that she would end up marrying Bo and being happy. Hmm...
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Man, this stinks.
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 more
Published on July 19 2004 by JujubeMBA
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Marilyn Monroe's finest performances ever!
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As Cherie, the one-note chanteuse with little talent, Marilyn Monroe creates a character who is both pathetic and poignant. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by HAPPY BUYER
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry
First off I am a HUGE Marilyn Monroe fan. I also believe only Marilyn Monroe fans watch this movie. She is great in it. It's one of her best performances. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Johny Bottom
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough to like at first, then it's great!!
One thing is a fact here: Marilyn's male co-star is annoying throughout the entire film. Period. He almost ruins the film. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Coleen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cowboy and The Chanteuse
This review refers to the 20th Century Fox(Diamond Collection)DVD edition of "Bus Stop"
Bo can hog tie a calf, and ride a bronco better and faster than anyone... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by L. Shirley
4.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
I can understand where some people would find Beau distasteful, annoying, and corny, but I thought he was very funny and earnest; just adorable. So innocent! Read more
Published on May 20 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Love-Story -- One of Marilyn's Best!
Don Murray (in his film debut) plays a rodeo star who falls head over heels in love with saloon entertainer Marilyn Monroe. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by Michael Mathena
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