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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,261,269
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Company Credits

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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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Trivia

This was the second consecutive movie where Richard Pryor played a con or crim, though in the other earlier film, Stir Crazy (1980), where Pryor actually goes to jail with Gene Wilder, his character was innocent. See more »

Goofs

You can't get a job as a school bus driver with a criminal record. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Donald: Get out. Go on back home.
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Alternate Versions

A few deleted scenes appeared on some TV versions, including a sequence where Joe and Marvin try to escape the warehouse, at the beginning. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beirut (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Children's Song
Written by Roberta Flack, Barry Miles & Dwight D. Watkins
Performed by Roberta Flack
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A nice family comedy
7 July 2001 | by flickloverSee all my reviews

This is a really nice film. I bought it on DVD and saw it last night. I had seen it various times through the years. Last night was the first time I had seen it in along time. Without Richard Pryor it could have been an after school special. I have always liked Richard Pryor in his films, he always played a normal human being, he never got into the supercop comedies like Eddie Murphy did. Pryor showed in this film that he could be tender as well as funny. It is a little gem of movie, very lite, but very funny and heartwarming.

Grade: B


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