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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

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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:

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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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

During the town meeting, where the Dirt Farmer and Frank are revealed to be lovers, Frank says "I wish I could quit you", which is a reference to the line "I wish I knew how to quit you" from Brokeback Mountain (2005). See more »

Goofs

Film crew clearly reflected in Bruce's aluminum trailer when he returns home from Gold Lick. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Campbell: I gotta make a phone call. I'll be right back, don't do anything quaint until I return.
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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 Assault on Dome 4 (1996) 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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Hilarious and entertaining; couldn't have asked for more!
1 December 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

It's already been said that My Name is Bruce is a movie for Bruce Campbell fans, by Bruce Campbell; and I'm going to say it again because it's true. I won't say that I'm (quite) a part of the crowd that idolises the Evil Dead star; but I am a fan of his and his mere presence is generally enough to make me want to see a movie, no matter how bad it sounds. I decided that I was going to go into My Name is Bruce and rate it solely on how good it is rather than based on the fact that Bruce Campbell is in it; and overall I certainly wasn't disappointed; as My Name is Bruce is a thoroughly entertaining and hilarious comedy horror that is sure to delight anyone that is willing to enjoy the movie for what it is (or for the fact that Bruce Campbell is in it). The film focuses on Bruce Campbell, who plays an over the top version of himself. He's down and out and tired of starring in rubbish low budget horror. Meanwhile, a young kid (who loves Bruce Campbell so much that he uses Army of Darkness quotes to pick up women, without much success) unwittingly unleashes a vengeful demon, and the townsfolk see the actor as their only means of survival.

Much of the movie's humour is focused around Bruce Campbell and the actor is certainly willing to laugh at himself. I doubt the actor in real life much resembles his character in this film; but even so, I don't think there are many Hollywood stars (or 'stars') out there that would, for example, drink liquor out of a dog bowl while playing themselves. The fact that its Bruce Campbell playing Bruce Campbell is the brunt of the movie to such an extent that the rest of it almost comes off like an afterthought; but since most fans will go into this movie wanting that; and Campbell clearly made this movie purely for those people, that was always to be expected. The monster in the movie is a Chinese demon and it really looks ridiculous, but in a fun campy sort of way. The film features plenty of death scenes; although unfortunately most of them are not particularly bloody. I have to say that the film doesn't really capture the manic style of the Evil Dead trilogy (despite featuring some lines of dialogue, actors and scenes from said films) but the film has its own style and it works well. Obviously the story has no depth at all; but it just wouldn't be proper to criticise it for things like that, and overall I have to admit that I really liked this film a lot and I'm sure that my fellow Bruce Campbell/Low budget horror fans will too.


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