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My Name Is Bruce (2007)

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Mistaken for his character Ash from the 'Evil Dead' trilogy, Bruce Campbell is forced to fight a real monster in a small Oregon town.

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Bruce Campbell

Writer:

Mark Verheiden

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Bruce Campbell
Grace Thorsen ... Kelly Graham
Taylor Sharpe Taylor Sharpe ... Jeff
Ted Raimi ... Mills Toddner / Wing / Sign Painter
Ben McCain ... Mayor
Ellen Sandweiss ... Cheryl
Timothy Patrick Quill Timothy Patrick Quill ... Frank (as Tim Quill)
Dan Hicks ... Dirt Farmer
Logan Martin Logan Martin ... Clayton
Ali Akay Ali Akay ... Little Debbie
Ariel Badenhop Ariel Badenhop ... Big Debbie
James J. Peck James J. Peck ... Guan-Di / Cavealien Monster
Jen Brown Jen Brown ... Petra (as Jennifer Brown)
Kurt Rauf Kurt Rauf ... Cinematographer
Michael Kallio Michael Kallio ... Hack Director / Annoyed Townie (as Mike Kallio)
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Storyline

Four teenage kids from the tiny mining town of Gold Lick vandalize a nineteenth-century cemetery of Chinese laborers when one of them disturbs a demon who's been guarding the souls of 100 workers killed in a cave-in. Jeff, the surviving teen, goes in search of his hero, over-the-hill B-movie star, Bruce Campbell. Jeff kidnaps the actor and brings him to Gold Lick to save the town. Bruce thinks it's a birthday treat engineered by his agent, so he plays along, humoring the townsfolk and chatting up Jeff's unimpressed mom. Bodies pile up as the demon slashes. What will the sorry, boozy Bruce do when he realizes that Guan-Di, the demon, is for real? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Fearless! Unstoppable! Ready For His Close-Up! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The rude man in the wheelchair was based on a real person Bruce Campbell met. See more »

Goofs

When Jeff drives away at the beginning, tires are squealing even though he is on dirt and the dirt is being kicked up. See more »

Quotes

Scientist 1: [a scene from the fake trailer for "Cavealien 2" in the DVD extras] This thing isn't human!
Scientist 2: What is it?
Scientist 1: It's... unhuman!
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Crazy Credits

Cutscenes from the movie while the McCain brothers (the Mayor and the sheriff) sing "The Legend of Guandi"; then, a new scene at the end of the credits. See more »

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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »

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Mom's Lifestyle Newsreel
Written by Curtis S.D. MacDonald
Performed by Curtis S.D. MacDonald
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My Name Is Bruce: Entertaining, Funny, A Definite Must For BC Fans!
14 April 2007 | by alice_wanderingSee all my reviews

I was extremely fortunate to obtain a ticket to the very first screening of "My Name Is Bruce" during the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Southern Oregon. Bruce appeared there in person and he was as charming, funny and charismatic as his alter egos on screen. It was a real privilege! Before and after the show, Bruce talked a bit about how making a film in one's hometown, how great it was for him to "be able make a film and sleep in his own bed for the first time in 10 years" and that you don't need a big Hollywood studio and a big blockbuster budget to make a good movie everyone can enjoy.

He proved his point completely with the screening of this film. "My Name Is Bruce" was filmed entirely on located in the Rogue Valley, casting locals in many of the major roles, who all did a wonderful job. No big celebrity names, exotic locations or blue screen studios were necessary in making this a real good movie.

But enough patting on the back.

If you love any of the Evil Dead movies, if you've ever loved him as the dashing king of thieves in Xena: Warrior Princess, or if you've just been charmed by his delightful cameos in the Spiderman films, you will LOVE "My Name Is Bruce"! Even if you don't know that much about Bruce Campell and you just happen to be a fan of B-Movies, I still think you will enjoy this movie. Everything we love about Bruce is played so well over the top you can't help but laugh yourself silly! Bruce takes no mercy in making fun of himself - in this film, he's a washed up, boozing, C-movie actor, who's just finalized his divorce, making horrible alien movie sequels while treating his devoted fans like crap (the scene where he kicks a fan in a wheelchair down a hill - PRICELESS - but just one of many)! This, of course, all done in comedic good taste. None of this could be considered is autobiographical, and it's far from some cheesy Lifetime channel oh-pity-me "the Bruce Campbell story" special. As Bruce beats himself up, we all laugh our bums off.

Then, there is of course, the evil monster, Quan-Di, who's chops peoples' heads off in a cool, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon style. I would also like to add by the way that this Chinese God of Bean Curd has his own folksong sung by two humble guitar players, and it's a rather catchy-tune. Quite frankly, if you don't leave the theatre singing: "Quan You, Quan Me, Quan Di...", well then I just don't know what to say to you. ;) The violence in this movie is very much like what you may find in the Evil Dead movies. There's much homage from that.

Something else in this movie that's uber-cool and cult fans will enjoy: Ted Raimi... Is... EVERYWHERE in this film. He has (as far as I could count) three different significant roles, which are both delightful and hilarious to watch.

The movie also takes some of its strength from the two main supporting roles, the plucky fan boy who practically worships Bruce Campell (whose name I can't remember at the moment) and his mother, played by Grace Thorsen.

I should note that what I saw was a rough cut of the film, not entirely finished, so I don't know the names of all the actors because there were no opening and closing credits. So, sorry for now, plucky fan boy who worships Bruce Campell. I thought you were very good, but I can't remember your name. And kudos to the actor who played Quan-Di, who's physical characterizations behind the mask made him more than just another monster.

In conclusion, when there is a final cut and it lands in theaters in October, do go see it. It was quite an entertaining film and well worth seeing it on the big screen. I would write more, because this movie ROCKED in practically every detail, but I fear I'd be giving too much away. Just take my word for it: it's groovy, baby. Go see it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Medford, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,432, 2 November 2008

Gross USA:

$173,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,066
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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