Get Bruce!

Get Bruce!

Director: Andrew Kuehn

Cast: Andrew Kuehn, Bruce Vilanch, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal

     
 

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This is a documentary portrait of a Hollywood comedy writer cited by many of entertainment's biggest stars as their comedic "secret weapon." Bruce Vilanch is a rotund, hirsute New Jersey native who left a job at a Chicago newspaper in the 1970s to become a gag writer for singer and actress Bette Midler. After toiling for several years in the dying genre of television… See more details below

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This is a documentary portrait of a Hollywood comedy writer cited by many of entertainment's biggest stars as their comedic "secret weapon." Bruce Vilanch is a rotund, hirsute New Jersey native who left a job at a Chicago newspaper in the 1970s to become a gag writer for singer and actress Bette Midler. After toiling for several years in the dying genre of television variety shows and celebrity roasts, Vilanch became a staple of awards shows, scripting one-liners and song parodies at the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys, for such luminaries as Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg. All three of those stars, and many others, are interviewed about Vilanch's contributions to their work. Of particular note is a national controversy sparked by Vilanch's "off-color" racial remarks written for Ted Danson and Goldberg at a Friar's Club event, and his memorable riffs for emcee Crystal on the one-armed push-ups of Jack Palance at an Oscar telecast. Get Bruce! made Vilanch a more recognizable figure to mainstream audiences, and he became a regular on the TV game show revival of Hollywood Squares.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
If you've ever doubled over in laughter on Oscar night at an off-color barb by Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg, then Get Bruce is for you. The pursued Bruce is Bruce Vilanch, a comedy writer who makes his living writing quips for awards shows, tribute shows...pretty much any show wherein celebrities have to make a public appearance and be funny, such as the Academy Awards telecast, which Vilanch has been writing for almost a decade. Get Bruce is an extremely affectionate documentary about Vilanch's work, featuring an assortment of Hollywood heavyweights -- Goldberg, Crystal, Robin Williams, and Bette Midler are just a few -- who find his contributions to their public personae indispensable. A lot of the fun in watching Get Bruce comes from seeing Vilanch hang out with these stars and trade jokes, but there are also plenty of clips from Oscar shows, presidential birthday tributes, and the like, where Vilanch's one-liners have the audience in stitches. Vilanch himself is a roly-poly, huggable bear of a man who is partial to bizarre T-shirts and who appears to possess an unequaled gift for humor. Already a hero to his comrades in comedy, Vilanch will likely win over anyone who watches Get Bruce.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2011
UPC:
0096009779696
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:13:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Vilanch Actor
Bette Midler Actor
Billy Crystal Actor
Robin Williams Actor
Whoopi Goldberg Actor
Lily Tomlin Actor
Nathan Lane Actor
Roseanne Actor
Carol Burnett Actor
Florence Henderson Actor
Rosie O'Donnell Actor

Technical Credits
Andrew Kuehn Director,Producer
Michael Feinstein Score Composer
Joan Hyler Co-producer
Susan B. Landau Executive Producer
Gregory McClatchy Executive Producer
Jose Luis Mignone Cinematographer
Maureen Nolan Editor
Irwin Rappaport Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Get Bruce!
1. Chapter 1 [7:00]
2. Chapter 2 [6:59]
3. Chapter 3 [6:59]
4. Chapter 4 [7:00]
5. Chapter 5 [6:59]
6. Chapter 6 [6:59]
7. Chapter 7 [7:00]
8. Chapter 8 [6:59]
9. Chapter 9 [6:59]
10. Chapter 10 [9:57]

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