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Get Bruce (1999)

Affectionate tribute to Bruce Vilanch (1948- ), who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. We meet his mom and see... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Bette Midler ... Herself
Robin Williams ... Himself
Nathan Lane ... Himself
Lily Tomlin ... Herself
Bruce Vilanch ... Himself
Raquel Welch ... Herself
Michael Feinstein ... Himself
Shirley MacLaine ... Herself
Florence Henderson ... Herself
Steven Seagal ... Himself
Michael Douglas ... Himself
Paul Reiser ... Himself
Danny Harris Danny Harris ... Himself
Jenifer Lewis ... Herself
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Storyline

Affectionate tribute to Bruce Vilanch (1948- ), who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. We meet his mom and see photos of his childhood; in Chicago, he writes for the Tribune and then heads West. Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Bette Midler talk with him and to the camera about working with Bruce, and we also watch Bruce help others prepare for Liz Taylor's 60th, Bill Clinton's 50th, and an AIDS awards banquet where the hirsute, rotund Vilanch lets his emotions show. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and risque humor

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Bruce! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,736, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:

$44,337

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,337
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Bruce Vilanch: [when he won his Emmy] I'm very sorry I didn't have to sleep around to win this award.
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Connections

Features The Strawberry Statement (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Bruce!
Music by Michael Feinstein
Lyrics by Lindy Robbins
Performed by Ann-Margret
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The true voice of what's funny at award shows
6 December 2009 | by nixskitsSee all my reviews

I see here nobody's posted a comment about this terrific flick for almost 6 years! Shame on those who've seen it, loved it and not written. Bruce Vilanch is a walking, talking cartoon of a man, as he'd probably be the first to admit. When he locks horns with so many talents, big and not so big, magic happens.

Bruce contributes to virtually every awards program you can think of and if you laughed at all during one of these shows, there's a pretty good chance he first wrote the joke or helped punch it up. His life as a born showman took him from student theatre on the East coast to Chicago to LA and almost everywhere in between. Bette Midler, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, to name just three, are performers who's careers would be significantly less bright if they hadn't met this patron saint of the T-shirt and biting one liner.

Bruce's emotions go all over the map in this film, from the joy and pain of gags working wonderfully well or bombing like napalm filled misfires. And his humanity is on prominent display, as his charity work gets heartbreaking attention too.

Get "Get Bruce" if you haven't already seen it!


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