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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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Trivia

The film's closing credits state: "We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Crystalite Productions" and "Universal Studios wishes to thank the cities of Redmond, Ellensburg and Seattle, and the state of Washington, for their cooperation in the making of this picture." See more »

Goofs

Joe clearly did not slap Ernesto hard enough to knock him down. When he "slapped" him, his fingers were spread open and they barely touched Ernesto's face. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Red Dragon (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Qual E Malindrinho (Why Are You So Bad)
Written by Roberta Flack & Dwight D. Watkins
Performed by the Orchestra
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24 May 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bustin' Loose (1981)

*** (out of 4)

Richard Pryor plays a con man who is blackmailed by his probation officer into taking eight troubled kids on a bus trip from Philadelphia to Seattle. Having been made in a politically incorrect time and featuring Pryor with troubled kids means you're going to have a great load of laughs but the film also has a heart of gold but more on this in a bit. As for pure laughs this is probably the best film I've seen from Pryor, although Moving is still my favorite movie of his due to it just being a personal favorite. This movie here features non-stop laughs from start to finish and it really gives Pryor a chance to act and he proves to be very reliable here. Pryor does a great job with the comedy and really delivers the jokes but what's most refreshing is seeing how well he does with the more dramatic moments. The film has a heart of gold but I think there are a few too many tender scenes meant to make the viewer get tears in their eyes. A lot of these dramatic scenes are pretty heartfelt but I think there are just too many of them. Pryor handles all of this very well though. Cicely Tyson plays the woman trying to save the kids and she's does a good job, although the romantic subplot with Pryor is pretty weak. There are numerous great scenes in the film including a great sequence where Pryor runs into the KKK but the highlight of the movie is certainly the scene where Pryor is driving the bus and three of the kids, acting like thugs, come up and start messing with him.


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