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Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2001

R|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
Parole officer Donald (Robert Christian) compels his foul-mouthed ex-con charge Joe Braxton (Richard Pryor) to escort a bus full of special education students from Philadelphia to the Pacific Northwest, where their teacher Vivian Perry (Cicely Tyson) plans to set up a new school. But when Braxton's latest attempt at going straight becomes a frustrating series of mishaps, he struggles to complete the job he was hired to do while resisting his growing affection for Vivian and the children.

Cast: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Robert Christian, Alphonso Alexander, Janet Wong, Kia Cooper, Edwin DeLeon, Jimmy Hughes

Director: Oz Scott

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Keywords: Moving, Love, Transformation, School, Quest, Madcap, Heartwarming, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson star in a thorougly likable comedy about an ex-con and a schoolteacher who take a bunch of ghetto kids to a farm in Washington. Some foul language gets in the way of this being a film suitable for the entire family.

  • A warm-hearted comedy involving a bunch of orphan kids promises neither a rewarding evening nor the best use of Pryor's considerable talent. The plotting is sloppy at times and this is undoubtedly a minor film, but its rewards are surprising. show more

  • Bustin’ Loose is obviously a personal project for Pryor, who produced and wrote the story, which has admirable ambitions but is also the film’s greatest weakness. Still, Pryor is an infectious comedian and a master of body language, keeping the picture on the move with sheer energy. show more

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