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Bustin Loose
Bustin Loose
Actors: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Ángel Ramírez, Jimmy Hughes, Edwin DeLeon
Directors: Michael Schultz, Oz Scott
Genres: Comedy
R     2001     1hr 34min

Of all the films in which Richard Pryor was the main star in the 1970s and 1980s, this was one of the only ones to come close to capturing his impishly mercurial stage presence as a standup comedian--and also to aspire to ...  more »


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Actors: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Ángel Ramírez, Jimmy Hughes, Edwin DeLeon
Directors: Michael Schultz, Oz Scott
Creators: Richard Pryor, Michael S. Glick, William Greaves, Lonne Elder III, Roger L. Simon
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Richard Pryor
Studio: Good Times Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/01/2001
Original Release Date: 05/22/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/1981
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

I was in this movie
D. Holmes | Northwest Washington | 07/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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
Keep your Goodtimes version (the first release of this DVD)
Rykre | Carson City, Nevada | 08/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Goodtimes version is released in the "full screen" version. This newer re-issue is said to be the "widescreen" version (1.85). But, here's what you really get:

I've watched them both, side by side. You don't get the original theatrical widescreen version. This newer release is the "fullscreen" version (where the sides are already cut off) and now with the top and bottom cut off to create a "simulated" widescreen version. So, this film has never yet been released on DVD in the true original theatrical widescreen version. Now, what this version gives you is like a small box view from the middle of the whole intended frame. The sides and the top and bottom cut off.

Pryor Genious and previous talent
todd rich | hickory, nc United States | 03/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Richard Pryor has become an icon , in the comedic world , of standup. However , his film work displays sheer emotional and electric moments , that can be compared to catching a tornado and training it to turn , only when you photograph it. In lamens terms , he portrays his characters with an emotional depth that only an individual who's been through the ropes of life , can show....and come across as spontaneous and believable. From , Lady Sings The Blues , Some Kind Of Hero , Which Way is Up ? , Stir Crazy , and Bust'in Loose , we get to see Pryor double as a comedic talent and dramatic actor. Whereas , Bust'in loose doesn't display the raunchy humorous side of Pryor , it does give us some very funny scenes and dramatic ones as well. Bust'in Loose , can be appreciated for two reasons. One , if you've seen Pryor's infamously hilarious raunchy stand up , or earlier works , you can apprecite seeing him in a role that doesn't call for over the top profanity and innuendo's. Second , the film can stand on it's own merits , because Pryor and Tyson light up the screen and provide so much chemisrty , that even if you've never heard of them before , you'd still enjoy the film. Bust'in Loose is written and acted fantastically. The only downside , is a scene in which , it becomes a slapstick farce , which takes away from the film. I mean , c'mon ? Cicily Tyson , making a light bulb , light up , in her mouth ? Ridiculous. That's why this film gets a three star rating , instead of a five. I felt betrayed by the writer or director , for even going there , after I've invested over an hour , getting to know the characters. Whoever stuck that in the was a bad choice. Probably the ( obviously )insecure director , because that idiotic , buffoon-riddled, scene didn't get edited. I guess they wanted to reach all audience levels. Even those with IQ's lower that two.Anyhow,the film , luckily , returns to it's believability. The, current dvd edition offers nothing except providing an abitlity to choose a scene. But , I loved the movie as a kid , and I was willing to settle , just so I could enjoy the film on a lazy Sunday or something. Hopefully , they'll re-release it soon. I'd like to hear commentary and updates on the "kids". Great soundtrack and cinematography ( especially , the shots of Washington state , as they're driving through the mountains ). I highly recommend Bust'in Loose. It's just as enjoyable as the first time I saw it , when I was nine."
Lisa L. Hoskins | Greenville, Tx United States | 11/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."