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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Braxton
... Vivian Perry
Angel Ramirez Jr. ... Julio (as Ángel Ramírez)
Jimmy Hughes ... Harold
Edwin DeLeon ... Ernesto
Edwin Kinter ... Anthony
Tami Luchow ... Linda
Janet Wong ... Annie
Alphonso Alexander ... Martin
Kia Cooper ... Samantha
Robert Christian ... Donald
... Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew
... Judge Antonio Runzuli
... Klan Leader
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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He's mad, he's bad, and he's Bustin' Loose!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Family Dream  »

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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Pryor performed three duties on this film. Pryor was a Producer, Story Writer, and star. See more »

Goofs

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

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

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Rollin' On
Written by Roberta Flack & Ira "Buddy" Williams
Performed by the Orchestra
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Richard Pryor busts ya one
21 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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