RMG 245: Bustin’ Loose (1981)

April 14, 2021

On this episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew is geeking out over Bustin’ Loose (1981) and

  • edgy comedy vs. mainstream comedy
  • Richard Pryor & Cicely Tyson
  • comedians
  • dark subject matter
  • and much, much more!


When money problems close the Claremont School in Philadelphia, Director Vivian Perry (Cicely Tyson) decides to save eight emotionally disturbed children from the worst ghetto school in the country, by taking them to her parents’ farm in Oregon.

In desperate need of a driver/mechanic for the school’s bus, Perry teams up with Joe Braxton (Richard Pryor), an equally desperate ex-con who hates women and children.

The action is fast and funny as this delightfully mismatched group battles the bus, the law, the Ku Klux Klan, and each other, on their way West.



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