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Bustin' Loose (1981)

R
94 min | Comedy, Drama

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. ...See moreJoe 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 See less
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Lonne Elder III (adaptation) | Richard Pryor (story) | Roger L. Simon (screenplay)
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$ 6,622,753
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$ 31,261,269
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May 22, 1981 (United States)
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39 cast members
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Richard Pryor
Joe Braxton Joe Braxton   See fewer
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Cicely Tyson
Vivian Perry Vivian Perry   See fewer
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Angel Ramirez Jr.
Julio (as Ángel Ramírez) Julio (as Ángel Ramírez)   See fewer
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Jimmy Hughes
Harold Harold   See fewer
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Edwin DeLeon
Ernesto Ernesto   See fewer
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Edwin Kinter
Anthony Anthony   See fewer
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Janet Wong
Annie Annie   See fewer
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Kia Cooper
Samantha Samantha   See fewer
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George Coe
Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew   See fewer
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Bill Quinn
Judge Antonio Runzuli Judge Antonio Runzuli   See fewer
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Roy Jenson
Klan Leader Klan Leader   See fewer
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Fred Carney
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Peggy McCay
Gladys Schuyler Gladys Schuyler   See fewer
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Luke Andreas
Loader Loader   See fewer
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Earl Billings
Man at Parole Office Man at Parole Office   See fewer
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Mathew Clark
Dwayne Dwayne   See fewer
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Nick Dimitri
Frank Munjak Frank Munjak   See fewer
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Paul Gardner
Anchorman Anchorman   See fewer
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Gary Goetzman
Store Manager Store Manager   See fewer
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Joe Jacobs
Watchman Watchman   See fewer
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Paul Mooney
Marvin Marvin   See fewer
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Lee Noblitt
Farmer Farmer   See fewer
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Ines Pedroza
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Morgan Roberts
Uncle Humphrey Uncle Humphrey   See fewer
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Vern Taylor
Highway Patrolman #1 Highway Patrolman #1   See fewer
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Rick Sawaya
Highway Patrolman #2 Highway Patrolman #2   See fewer
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Shila Turna
Girl in Card Game Girl in Card Game   See fewer
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Gloria Jewel Waggener
Aunt Beedee Aunt Beedee   See fewer
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Jonelle White
Sales Clerk Sales Clerk   See fewer
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Jewell Williams
Miss Thomas Miss Thomas   See fewer
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Linette Peasley Linette Peasley   See fewer
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Vincent Price
Alcoholic Mechanic (scenes deleted) Alcoholic Mechanic (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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6.1 / 10 | 2,326 votes