Bustin’ Loose. 1981. USA. Directed by Oz Scott. Screenplay by Roger L. Simon, based on a story by Richard Pryor. With Cicely Tyson, Richard Pryor, Jimmy Hughes. 35mm. 94 min.
Joe Braxton is a big-league screw-up; having violated his probation—twice—he’s about to return to prison when the compassionate Vivian Perry intercedes. Vivian hires Joe to drive a broken-down school bus filled with delinquents to summer camp in the country. Not everyone wants to see Vivian and Joe succeed, especially Vivian’s beau Donald, who suspects some hanky-panky. Joe handles the kids with humor and street smarts, never letting them get the better of him.