Bruce Willis performs in the music video "Respect Yourself" from the album "The Return of Bruno" recorded for Motown Records. A doo-wop performs on stage of a night club. Bruno is told to ... See full summary »
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In the "Cavern"-like sequence, shot at the Whiskey in L.A., Bruno/Bruce is played by his brother, David Willis, wearing a John Lennon type of hat. He was a P.A. on the production and was pressed into service when Bruce failed to show because he was still in Hawaii. See more »
Mockumentary fans will be in Heaven when they rent the hilarious The Return of Bruno, an HBO special starring Bruce Willis as a rock icon. Decked out in different wigs and costumes, and spliced into footage from Woodstock and The Dick Clark Show, Bruce Willis is shown in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, as his talent adapted to the changing times and his backup singers changed. Interspersed with the musical entertainment are commentary from musicians of the eras talking about how they knew "Bruno" and how he influenced them. For example, Ringo Starr tells the audience Bruno is responsible for the creation of the Beatles, and Elton John credits him with "Bennie and the Jets." Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, Joan Baez, The BeeGees, all have stories to share about the imaginary rock star, and Michael J. Fox is also interviewed as Bruno's #1 Fan with a collection of memorabilia.
The last part of the movie uses the album Bruce Willis released, of the same name, as a soundtrack to the live concert. It's extremely fun to watch, and he's got such great energy as a performer! When Dick Clark, the host of the film, wraps the movie up, you'll wish it was far longer than an hour. The next best thing is to watch it all over again! Seriously, folks, this is hilarious, and probably the best mockumentary I've ever watched.
DLM Warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie will not be your friend. Every scene includes either handheld "rock" footage, tilted angles or swirling motions from music videos, or flashing images, and it will make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"
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