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Bustin' Loose (1981)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1981 (USA)
Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »

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Julio (as Ángel Ramírez)
Jimmy Hughes ...
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Anthony
Tami Luchow ...
Linda
Janet Wong ...
Annie
Alphonso Alexander ...
Martin
Kia Cooper ...
Samantha
Robert Christian ...
Donald
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Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew
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Judge Antonio Runzuli
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Klan Leader
Fred Carney ...
Alfred Schuyler
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Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old school bus and drive a group of Special kids to Ms. Perry's Washington Farm from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to give them a new home after The Clarmont Center for Children is shut down by the city. The kids have severe mental problems and Joe is not looking forward to the trip at all, but Joe later bonds with Vivian and the children, offering his support and love and changes his outlook on life. But Donald, the social worker and Vivian's lover who gave Joe his break is hot on their tail and wants Joe back in prison. Joe and Vivian must now prevent Donald from sending the children back to Philidelphia where they'll have no future. Written by Geoffrey A. Middleton <gamidd01@morehead-st.edu>

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He's mad, he's bad, and he's Bustin' Loose!

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

The name of the order that Goose Lodge No. #117 belonged to was the "Royal Order of the Goose". See more »

Goofs

When Joe Braxton is hanging on the side of the bus as it begins to go down the hill, you can clearly see the cable of his safety harness attached to the rail of the bus. See more »

Quotes

Joe Braxton: [yelling at the kids after they learned of the possible farm loss and are whining amongst themselves] Shut up!
Ernesto: [to Joe] Go take a hike!
Joe Braxton: [smacks him across the face hard enough to knock him down] Shut up!
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Connections

Referenced in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Just When I Needed You
Written by Roberta Flack & Eric Mercury
Performed by Roberta Flack with Luther Vandross
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80's Kid Classic
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie often as a kid growing up in the 80's and it was and still is one of my favorite movies. It's one of those movies where when it ends, you actually feel better than when it began. You go on a journey with these people and actually find out a few things about yourself along the way. I'm thinking that most people can relate to at least one of the characters in the movie and even though it is similar to an after school special, it's so much better than that due to the acting of both Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson. The children are great as well, when needed. I LIKED the music score. There were some scenes that I could have done without, particularly in the last 30 minutes of the movie, but overall I could watch this movie on a Sunday afternoon, before Goonies and after The Toy.


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