Bustin' Loose (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bustin' Loose (1981)




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It's The African Queen meets Richard Pryor in this schmaltzy and salty attempt by Pryor to appeal to the family crowd. Pryor plays Joe Braxton, an inept burglar whose parole officer Donald (Robert Christian) wants to help out. Knowing that Joe is an excellent mechanic, he refers him to Vivian Perry (Cicely Tyson), the director of a school for emotionally disturbed children. The school is about to close for lack of funds, and Vivian wants to flee Philadelphia with eight of her charges and get to a farm in Washington State where the children can grow up in the fresh air and away from the urban environment. Joe is enlisted to drive the bus, which continually breaks down en route, permitting Joe plenty of time to interact with the kids -- taking them fishing, teaching them strip poker, and convincing a Vietnamese girl not to sell her body. The prim and proper Vivian holds up her nose at the vulgar and sloppy Joe, so it is inevitable that at journey's end the two will find true romance. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Richard Pryor
as Joe Braxton
Cicely Tyson
as Vivian Perry
Kia Cooper
as Samantha
Edwin DeLeon
as Ernesto
Edwin Kinter
as Anthony
George Coe
as Dr. Wilson T. Renfrew
Roy Jenson
as Clan Leader
Fred Carney
as Alfred Schuyler
Peggy McCay
as Gladys Schuyler
Earl Billings
as Man at Parole Office
Paul Gardner
as Anchorman
Nick Dimitri
as Frank Munjak
Gary Goetzman
as Store Manager
Joe D. Jacobs
as Watchman
Inez Pedroza
as Herself
Morgan Roberts
as Uncle Humphrey
Vern Taylor
as Patrolman
Rick Sawaya
as Patrolman
Shila Turna
as Girl in Card Game
Jonelle White
as Sales Clerk
Jewell Williams
as Thiss Thomas
Sunny Woods
as Linette
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Critic Reviews for Bustin' Loose

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

An inconsistent but good-natured ramble, "Bustin' Loose" looks like a secure investment for Richard Pryor fans.

October 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Richard Pryor in his prime but the movie is mediocre.

June 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Bustin' Loose

Although the story is predictable and familiar, Pryor's comedy is what is showcased in this movie, and he's really funny. if you're a fan you should see this movie.

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