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Director:
Writers:
Lonne Elder III (adaptation)
Richard Pryor (story)
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Release Date:
22 May 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's mad, he's bad, and he's Bustin' Loose!
Plot:
Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Pryor ... Joe Braxton

Cicely Tyson ... Vivian Perry

Ángel Ramírez ... Julio
Jimmy Hughes ... Harold
Edwin DeLeon ... Ernesto
Edwin Kinter ... Anthony
Tami Luchow ... Linda
Janet Wong ... Annie
Alphonso Alexander ... Martin
Kia Cooper ... Samantha
Robert Christian ... Donald

George Coe ... Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew
Bill Quinn ... Judge Antonio Runzuli

Roy Jenson ... Klan Leader
Fred Carney ... Alfred Schuyler

Peggy McCay ... Gladys Schuyler
Luke Andreas ... Loader

Earl Billings ... Man at Parole Office
Mathew Clark ... Dwayne

Nick Dimitri ... Frank Munjak
Les Engel ... Wino
Michael A. Esler ... Cop
Ben Gerard ... Man

Gary Goetzman ... Store Manager
Joe Jacobs ... Watchman

Paul Mooney ... Marvin
Lee Noblitt ... Farmer
Ines Pedroza ... Herself
Morgan Roberts ... Uncle Humphrey

Vern Taylor ... Highway Patrolman #1

Rick Sawaya ... Highway Patrolman #2
Shila Turna ... Girl in Card Game
Gloria Jewel Waggener ... Aunt Beedee
Jonelle White ... Sales Clerk
Jewell Williams ... Miss Thomas
Sunny Woods ... Linette Peasley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vincent Price ... Alcoholic Mechanic (scenes deleted)

Craig Richards ... Courtroom Bailiff (uncredited)
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Directed by
Oz Scott 
Michael Schultz (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Lonne Elder III (adaptation)

Richard Pryor (story)

Roger L. Simon (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael S. Glick .... producer
William Greaves .... executive producer
Richard Pryor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Davis 
 
Cinematography by
Dennis Dalzell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Holden 
Harry Keramidas 
Skip Lusk 
 
Casting by
Anita Dann 
 
Art Direction by
John W. Corso  (as John Corso)
Charles R. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
Marc E. Meyer Jr.  (as Mark Meyer)
 
Costume Design by
Stephen Loomis 
Bill Whitten 
 
Makeup Department
Michael F. Blake .... makeup artist (as Michael Blake)
Chuck House .... makeup artist (as Charles House)
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
Omar .... hair stylist
Ron Snyder .... makeup artist
Gerald Solomon .... hair stylist
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager
Charles Washburn .... unit production manager (as Charles C. Washburn)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maximilian Bing .... first assistant director (as Maximiliano Bing)
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin .... second assistant director (as Hope Goodwin)
David Holden .... second unit director
Kalai Strode .... first assistant director: second unit
John Syrjamaki .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Clint Robinson .... property master
Gerald Wade .... property master
Curtis A. Schnell .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound effects editor
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recordist
Vince Melandri .... loop dialogue editor
Stanley H. Polinsky .... sound re-recordist (as Stan Polinsky)
John Stacy .... sound effects editor
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recordist (as John Stephens)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Melbourne A. Arnold .... special effects (as Melbourne Arnold)
Kevin Pike .... special effects foreman
 
Stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Jadie David .... stunts
Ted Duncan .... stunts
Ron Oliney .... stunts
George Sawaya .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt coordinator
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts (as Peter T. Stader)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (as Mike Vendrell)
Kym Washington .... stunts (as Kim Washington)
Richard Washington .... stunt coordinator
Richard Washington .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Jay Gahret .... camera operator (as Bill Gahret)
Fred Goodich .... director of photography: second unit
Ronald E. High .... assistant camera (as Ron High)
Bob Jones .... assistant camera
Lee Krosskove .... key grip
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Marc Margulies .... assistant camera: second unit
Geary McLeod .... assistant camera
Jeffrey Norvet .... assistant camera (as Jeff Norvett)
Tony Rivetti .... assistant camera: second unit
John Toll .... camera operator: second unit
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (as Earl Williman)
Robert Woodside .... gaffer (as Bob Woodside)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Daniels .... costume supervisor
Robert Ellsworth .... costume supervisor (as Bob Ellsworth)
 
Editorial Department
Bette Jane Cohen .... assistant film editor
Michael T. Elias .... assistant film editor (as Michael Elias)
William Essary .... assistant film editor (as Bill Essary)
Rick Mitchell .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Mark Davis .... conductor: musical score
Roberta Flack .... composer: original songs
Roberta Flack .... singer: original songs
Robert Mayer .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Tom Garris .... transportation captain (as Tom Garras)
Eugene Schwartz .... transportation captain (as Gene Schwartz)
John Feinblatt .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mabel Collins .... production associate
Pat Faye .... production assistant: Washington
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor (as Wilma Garscadden)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Lauren Jones .... dialogue coach (as Gloria Schultz)
Max Manlove .... production secretary
James Maull .... location auditor (as Jim Maull)
Phill Norman .... title designer
Richard Pryor Jr. .... production assistant
Julie Reid .... production secretary
Susan Royal .... location auditor
Kimberly Sizemore .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Debut filmed production directed by Broadway and later TV director Oz Scott.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Braxton is sentenced to probation and being dragged out the courtroom, he grabs his coat. He is then dragged out the room. When he rushes back in and yells, you can see his coat lying on the floor outside. She he's pushed back outside the final time, his coat is in his hand again.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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Ballad For DSee more »

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Richard Pryor busts ya one, 21 May 2012
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

I guess that "Bustin' Loose" is most famous because it was during the production of this movie that Richard Pryor had his near-death experience with freebasing. But there's more to the movie than that. Pryor plays an ex-con who gets a second chance by getting assigned to drive a bus load of special needs children from Philadelphia to Washington state.

Much of the humor derives from Richard Pryor's and Cicely Tyson's personalities bouncing off of each other: he's the irresponsible goof-off, she's the stern teacher. There's also a look at the children's stories: there's a blind boy, a pyromaniac, and a former child prostitute from Vietnam. And then of course, there's the scene with the Ku Klux Klan; I bet that Richard Pryor had wanted to do something like that for years!

So, it's a pretty silly movie, but still very enjoyable. It's too bad that Richard Pryor is no longer with us.

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