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Bustin' Loose (1981)

Richard Pryor , Cicely Tyson , Oz Scott  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Robert Christian, George Coe
  • Directors: Oz Scott
  • Writers: Roger L. Simon
  • Producers: Richard Pryor, Michael S. Glick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FYOU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bustin' Loose" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Richard Pryor stars in this wild, wacky and warmhearted road movie with a difference, which later inspired a TV series. When budget cuts close a children's home in Philadelphia, Vivian Perry (Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson ) decides to help eight special-education students by taking them to her aunt's farm outside Seattle. In desperate need of a driver/mechanic for the bus, she teams up with Joe Braxton (Pryor), an equally desperate ex-con who hates women and children. Fueled by Roberta Flack's songs, the action is fast and funny as this delightfully mismatched group battles the bus, the law, the Ku Klux Klan and even each other on their way west. But it all ends happily for the kids, the con and the straitlaced lady.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in this movie July 10, 2005
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I hadn't thought about this movie for some time. I was in this movie. I was a King County deputy (outside Seattle) at the time working off duty for set security on this movie and was invited to be in it. I am one of the two cops (the one with all the hair) at the end of the movie confronting Richard Pryor. It was very interesting being involved in this movie. I got to meet Cycely and Richard Pryor and actually small talk for a bit with them between scenes. As far as the movie itself - I enjoyed it. It is funny and actually touching in parts. There were parts of this movie that were redone at a later date to "soften" it up some for the new improved Pryor (after his accident). The kids in this movie were great and some of them were actually disabled to some degree. Yes, I agree it would be interesting to see how some of the kids are doing now..24 yrs later. By the way, I don't have all the hair anymore. It is interesting to watch a movie filmed in your home area. Watch this is worth it. Sherlock
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showstopping November 28, 2003
This movie was funny, and made for everyone. I would be happy to
share it with my daughter. One of the few movies Richard stars in for a kid crowd. Ms.Tyson plays the mother role to perfection
with all the childrens roles shining. I think this movie was a
big hit for foster children.It showed the system in a funny way.
Again, it was so funny. I think every home should own this movie. Richard of old, with the funny for all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Richard Pryor Movie. September 4, 2000
Richard Pryor does gives an heartwarming performance in a comedy, often realistic film about a man all is life, been living as a theft. One day, he cought him red handed stealing from a department store. They give him a parole, if he could drive all the way to the country with social worker(Played by Cicely Tyson) and a group of street kids. He accepts but given an very old school bus, has a lot of problems and kids are given him, a hard time to deal with. But he gets to know them with helping and talking there problems to them, even he talks about his own pass. Telling them about his hard times and difficult life, have been through in all these years in the streets.
The film does have some strong moments. Easy mix of slapstick humour and drama in surprisingly good way. Likable Characters of kids in the movie. The picture does often have street language but does have the heart of a family movie. I haven`t seen all the films of Richard Pryor but he gives a memorable role and probably his best role to date. Definitely a movie worth watching with friends and family. Grade:B+.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter is good for the soul. March 23, 2002
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This movie is my favorite movie, it makes me life but it also keeps lifes blessings in perspective. I am not a person that likes to watch movies over and over again, but this is the best. This movie so funny you will be laughing hours later over the realism and perfection of acting. The kids in this movie where underrated during this time and should have been commended highly of their wonderful performance. This movie is what makes true legends like RICHARD PRYOR AND CICELY TYSON who they are today and forever will have the effects on America.
This movie is wonderful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Fan! September 9, 2013
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Usually Richard Pryor can be a bit much and definitely not family friendly but this movie was done so well and he shines in this. It also brought attention to the issue of foster children and how they can change by being loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Feel Good Movie May 22, 2013
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Classic feel good movie with legendary actors (Pryor and Tyson)! Features a rated PG Pryor, but he still delivers his unique brand of comedy. Love Cecily Tyson!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard and Cicely March 29, 2013
By ErnestH
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Great movie, saw it years ago, great to see two stellar actors in the same movie. Great soundtrack as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Busting loose December 9, 2012
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Love it! My mom calls me asking me about this movie. She'd forgotten the name. She only referenced a part. Course I had to google that reference but I got the name. Seems she's been dying to see this movie. Thanks to amazon I'm going to surprise her on Xmas morning with this DVD gift!!! She'll love it and so will I
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the movie.. works perfectly. Thanks again. Mrs. Nelson
Published 1 month ago by Angela Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Exactly what I wanted
Loved it. Exactly what I wanted.
Published 1 month ago by Wasiejah
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see comedy classic!!!!!
This movie is a genius comedy classic. Funny with a little bit of drama. Loved it as a kid, still loving it as an adult.
Published 2 months ago by Tony C. Britton Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny and heart touching
Published 3 months ago by marian schade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny as hell... ha ha ha
Published 3 months ago by Mary Macri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic!
I purchased this because it was a movie that seemed to stay under the radar yet was amazingly funny and heartwarming! Read more
Published 4 months ago by ValGal
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
this is a load of laughs,richard is good as gold in this one,how can anyone not like this movie is be on me
Published 6 months ago by Starlite
1.0 out of 5 stars Has not arived
As of April 23rd, I have still not received Bustin' Loose, Butch Cassidy, and the add-on order of freeze dried cat turkey treats I have ordered.
Published 6 months ago by Jack F. Poland
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift
The person I gave it too as a gift loved it , since it's her all time favorite movie. Thanks
Published 11 months ago by Everett Dorsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bustin
I Love this movie, this movie was my favorite of Richard Prayor. Cicly Tyson was awesome in this movie, great.
Published 16 months ago by michelle frier
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