Get Bruce!

Get Bruce!

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


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2021
UPC: 0810072542502
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 57,924

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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