Get Bruce (1999)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  24 January 1999 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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Rated R for language and risque humor

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Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Bruce!  »

Box Office

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$19,736 (USA) (17 September 1999)


$43,155 (USA) (1 October 1999)

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1.66 : 1
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Whoopi Goldberg: Part of the way that people view me is because of how Bruce has written for me. And I'm very grateful for that. 'Cause it makes me... actually look much smarter then I am.
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »


Get Bruce!
Music by Michael Feinstein
Lyrics by Lindy Robbins
Performed by Ann-Margret
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humorous portrait of a tremendously funny man
11 October 1999 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

sure, get bruce is pretty funny, but it trips a bit...the film begins with the typical "bunch of people talking about the subject." this does not work. i found myself bored and thinking i was going to make a big mistake.

"get bruce" is at its best when it shows the subject (a guy who writes jokes for celebs) at work. the scenes where bruce is working one on one with billy crystal, whoopi goldberg, robin williams, et al, are some of the laugh-out-loud funniest things i've seen in a long time. and i don't even like robin williams.

sadly, when all these portraits are done, the directors scope pans out again and tries to make general statements about the subject. here, he again fails. perhaps it would have been funnier had the filmmakers consulted bruce.

six of ten

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