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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 »

Director:

Andrew J. Kuehn

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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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Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and risque humor

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,155, 3 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

George Schlatter: If it's done right, you're right on the edge. You're working without a net. And to do that, you have to have people around you who you trust. That's why Bette goes to Bruce, and that's why Lily and Whoopi. They will all go to Bruce Vilanch. They all say. "Get Vilanch".
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Connections

Features The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Bruce!
Music by Michael Feinstein
Lyrics by Lindy Robbins
Performed by Ann-Margret
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Painfully unfunny
9 July 2004 | by nethicusSee all my reviews

My friend got this and said he heard rave things about the movie. We sat down to watch it, and in 45 minutes, nobody laughed. It was horrible. Bruce Vilanch's humor is canned, non-spontaneous, and chuckingly topical. When he says he goes to an area and scans a newspaper to make jokes and prepare his humor, it really makes me think of him as a speechwriter rather than a comic. Everyone says the best part of the movie is Robin Williams, and that's obvious-- Robin Williams is funny. Hairy, but funny. Bruce is hairy and not funny. It was a great contrast to two people of two completely different styles.

If you have any doubt about Bruce's lamebrained, canned humor, watch Hollywood Squares, and notice how the questions are carefully pitched right towards him for maximum comedic effect. What's worse is that he sits next to Whoopi, and she's equally as bad.

It's terrible when you're hoping Ted Danson will show up in Blackface just to make something more interesting.


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