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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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(12 articles)
User Reviews:
Bustin' Loose shows some warmth as well as laughs from Pryor See more (13 total) »

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)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During production of this film, Richard Pryor suffered serious injury when he accidentally set himself on fire in a drug-related mishap.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In several shots during the movie, the actors appear in the red interior of the probation officer's Cadillac Seville. At the end of the movie they flip flop back and forth between a car with red interior and a car with white interior. (Very obviously when Richard Pryor opens the door while sitting in car it is red, when he gets out it's white.)See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Donald:Get out. Go on back home.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Stopped Loving MeSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bustin' Loose shows some warmth as well as laughs from Pryor, 26 February 2008
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

In reviewing African-Americans in film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now at 1981 with Bustin' Loose. In this one, Richard Pryor is a small-time crook who gets a chance at redemption when his parole officer asks him to drive a bus of troubled children and his fiancée (Cicely Tyson) across country from Philadelphia to Seattle on the way to Tyson's family farm. That obviously doesn't sound like a hilarious comedy and there are indeed some scenes Pryor has with some of the kids that expresses more of his dramatic abilities, as heartfelt as some of those scenes may be. There's still some of his unique comic talents here that may make you glad you gave this one a shot like his attempted con of several TV sets in a bogus delivery truck or his fooling the Ku Klux Klan into pushing the bus out of a mud-hole because they think all the kids in it are blind! Then there's his cowboy disguise with fake accent near the end that made me laugh pretty hard. Ms. Tyson, normally a dramatic actress, has a few humorous moments of her own that puts her in a new light. Threatens to lose steam after a while but all in all, Bustin' Loose is nothing Mr. Pryor had to be ashamed about especially since he thought up the story and was co-producer. P.S. It was here that he set himself on fire when he freebased on cocaine.

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