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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

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:

When a dark evil threatens a small town...only one man can stop it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meu Nome é Bruce See more »

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$173,066, 14 December 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is written by Mark Verheiden, who also wrote the "Evil Dead" comic book and is the current showrunner of Ash vs Evil Dead (2015). See more »

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The movie Moontrap is consistently referred to as "Moonwarp", a conflation of movie titles Moontrap and Mindwarp, including an altered movie poster in a news report, except for one line referring to Bruce as being "the worst thing about Moontrap!" See more »

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Kasey: Hi, I'm Kasey, the famous singing prostitute.
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Kasey: I'm here to offer birthday greetings, and wish you lots of luck, and if you're really really lucky I'll even toss in a f...
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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 Man with the Screaming Brain (2005) See more »

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The Legend of Guandi
Written by Ben McCain and Butch McCain
Performed by The McCain Brothers
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For the Die Hard Campbell Fans, But Not Many Others
9 December 2008 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Bruce Campbell is called to Gold Lick to fight the evil Chinese war god Guan-di after one of his biggest fans, Jeff, awakens the demon and mistakenly believes that Bruce would know how to fight such creatures. Campbell accepts, but only because he believes the entire thing to be a movie shoot.

Not surprisingly, there is going to be two groups of people for this film: the die-hard Campbell fans who love it, and the others. The others might like it, they might hate it, but they'll be left cold if they realize the jokes aren't meant for them. The film really has no solid plot (it's been done before...) and the acting isn't great... and the jokes are, at best, average.

Campbell's actor friends show up: Timothy Patrick Quill, Ted Raimi, Dan Hicks and even Ellen Sandweiss. Some of the in-jokes are slightly clever (having Sandweiss play "Cheryl", the same character's name she had in "Evil Dead") while others are just too blunt and insult the audience's intelligence. Other references such as "I worked with Sam Raimi" just seem thrown in for good measure. I understand the point was to reference Campbell's past films, but it wasn't subtle at all and seemed poorly thought out.

Bruce Campbell is Bruce Campbell, so if you like him, you will like this film. That's pretty much all there is to say about that. He directed it, he stars in it and he had a strong guiding hand in the writing process. You get the best of Campbell and the worst in this film... and don't forget for every good Campbell film ("Army of Darkness") there are at least two bad films.

I had the privilege of catching a screening in Madison with Campbell himself on hand for questions and answers. This really made the experience special, but did not make me feel any better about the film. The audience generally seemed to laugh more than I did, so maybe I'm in the minority. But when Bruce answered questions, he didn't offer any reassurance that he cared much about the film... if anything, his appearance seemed to suggest he felt he couldn't sell tickets without a gimmick.

I received a DVD copy in the mail as part of my reviewing duties, and gave it a second viewing. In all fairness, I en joyed the film much more the second time, having a better sense of what sort of humor and style the film would be going for. My suggestion is this: if you're a Campbell fan, pick up a copy. If not, you'll want to see other Campbell films first to really appreciate this one. Luckily for the people who made this film, there are plenty of Bruce Campbell fans to see this one with a smile on their face.


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