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The Return of Bruno (1987)

A "documentary" about the major influence that a '60s rock singer named Bruno has had on rock music, as attested to by such rock legends as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and the Bee Gees, among others.

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James Yukich (as Jim Yukich)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Bruno Radolini
Ringo Starr ... Himself
Jon Bon Jovi ... Himself
Dave Chamberlain Dave Chamberlain ... The Band
Clive Davis ... Himself
Elton John ... Himself
Henry Diltz ... Himself
Bill Graham ... Himself
Dick Clark ... Himself
Grace Slick ... Herself
Joan Baez ... Herself
John Berry John Berry ... The Band
Graham Nash ... Himself
Stephen Stills ... Himself
Phil Collins ... Himself
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A "documentary" about the major influence that a '60s rock singer named Bruno has had on rock music, as attested to by such rock legends as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and the Bee Gees, among others.

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A Hilarious Rock Comedy

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno See more »

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Trivia

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 »

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Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis (2018) See more »

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Best mockumentary ever
3 July 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

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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