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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 »

Directors:

Oz Scott, Michael Schultz (uncredited)

Writers:

Lonne Elder III (adaptation), Richard Pryor (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Joe Braxton
Cicely Tyson ... Vivian Perry
Angel Ramirez Jr. Angel Ramirez Jr. ... Julio (as Ángel Ramírez)
Jimmy Hughes Jimmy Hughes ... Harold
Edwin DeLeon Edwin DeLeon ... Ernesto
Edwin Kinter Edwin Kinter ... Anthony
Tami Luchow Tami Luchow ... Linda
Janet Wong Janet Wong ... Annie
Alphonso Alexander Alphonso Alexander ... Martin
Kia Cooper Kia Cooper ... Samantha
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... Donald
George Coe ... Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew
Bill Quinn ... Judge Antonio Runzuli
Roy Jenson ... Klan Leader
Fred Carney Fred Carney ... Alfred Schuyler
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Storyline

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 Philadelphia, where they'll have no future. Written by Geoffrey A. Middleton <gamidd01@morehead-st.edu>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,622,753, 25 May 1981

Gross USA:

$31,261,269

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,261,269
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As the characters played by Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson were respectively unkempt/vulgar and prim/prissy, "Variety" said of their bus trip together that "There's a bit of The African Queen (1951) to this journey". Also, Allmovie agreed saying that the film was "The African Queen (1951) meets Richard Pryor". See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Joe tumbles from the truck when he and Vivian are escaping from the bad guys. See more »

Quotes

Joe Braxton: [the kids have locked themselves in the closet of their hotel room] If you don't give me back my pants, I'm killing Dakota!
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Alternate Versions

Most of the footage from the original cut was deleted when the film was re-shot in early 1981. See more »

Connections

Followed by Bustin' Loose (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

You Stopped Loving Me
Written by Luther Vandross
Performed by Roberta Flack
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Bustin' Loose shows some warmth as well as laughs from Pryor
26 February 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

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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