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Bruno (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 16 April 2000 (USA)
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Bruno is the story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno (Alex D. Linz), whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey. By the time he ... See full summary »

Director:

Shirley MacLaine

Writer:

David Ciminello
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex D. Linz ... Bruno Battaglia
Shirley MacLaine ... Helen
Gary Sinise ... Dino Battaglia
Joey Lauren Adams ... Donna Marie
Kathy Bates ... Mother Superior
Kiami Davael ... Shawniqua
Stacey Halprin Stacey Halprin ... Angela
Jennifer Tilly ... Dolores
Gwen Verdon ... Mrs. Drago
Brett Butler ... Sister Della Rosa
Lee Hughes Lee Hughes ... Eddie Mazzaratti
Dylan Hubbard ... Signorelli
Kyle Phillips Kyle Phillips ... Capricci
Jordan Perry Jordan Perry ... Buttucci
Joanne Pankow ... Sister Consolata
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Bruno is the story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno (Alex D. Linz), whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey. By the time he reaches his final destination, Bruno's story becomes a fable of the importance of each person's uniqueness and originality. Written by Anonymous

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The comedy that is long on originality and short on pants. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for rude language, mean-spirited behavior and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dress Code See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Last film project for Gwen Verdon. See more »

Goofs

When Helen is trying to teach Bruno how to fight, he hits her with a right hook to left of her face. However, in the next scene, she has a shiner on her right cheek. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the both the opening and the closing credits, Bruno can be heard reciting key words that pertain to the story, along with their definitions. See more »

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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Quirky movie with great characters
12 August 2005 | by twohaneysSee all my reviews

Bruno had two ineffectual parents - an intelligent boy who is out of place except in his own world of spelling. The movie allows the viewer to feel the hurt of the various characters without damning any of them. It shows how adults can be so wrapped up in their own turmoil and battling their inner demons and disappointments that they fail to see just how their children are being affected.

Bruno manages to touch your heart on one hand and make you want to shout at the screen characters at the same time.

The mother is so over the top that at times you are waiting for the punch line to come, but it doesn't - and you are left wanting to shake her and say get over yourself - look at your son! The father mopes around and turns to a shallow witch who on one hand you can see that he cringes with her behavior but his own pitifully low self-esteem makes him gravitate right back to her - maybe her being so low makes him feel so much better? Anyway, the film will grab you and at times frustrate you but there is an underlying redeeming message - tolerance, recognition of uniqueness.


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