Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Bustin Loose
Bustin' Loose is a 1981 American comedy-drama film directed by Oz Scott & Michael Schultz (uncredited) and written by Lonne Elder III, Richard Pryor, & Roger L. Simon. The film stars Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Robert Christian and George Coe. Bustin' Loose was produced by Michael S. Glick and Pryor. The plot of the film was Joe Braxton (Pryor) 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. Bustin' Loose opened number one at the box office in 828 theaters domestically. It grossed $6,622,753 in its opening weekend. Its run ended with $31,261,269 in the box office, domestically. The New York Times wrote in his review: "ONLY the incomparable Richard Pryor could make a comedy as determinedly, aggressively sentimental as Bustin' Loose. TV Guide gives Bustin' Loose 4 stars out of 5 stars.