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They Call Me Bruce (1982)

A goofy Korean finds his life hopelessly complicated with people continually confusing him with Bruce Lee.

Director:

Elliott Hong

Writers:

David Randolph (screenplay), Johnny Yune (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Yune ... Bruce / Grandfather
Margaux Hemingway ... Karmen
Raf Mauro ... Freddy (as Ralph Mauro)
Pam Huntington Pam Huntington ... Anita
Martin Azarow Martin Azarow ... Big Al
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Boss of Bosses
Bill Capizzi ... Lil Pete
Harvey Vernon ... Officer Hangten
Heshimu Cumbuka Heshimu Cumbuka ... Curtis
Bob Hannah ... Officer Carp
René Le Vant René Le Vant ... Reverend
Vidonne Sayre Linn Vidonne Sayre Linn ... Angela
Ivana Moore Ivana Moore ... Hooker
Phillip Simms Phillip Simms ... Baby Moe (as Phil Simms)
Ralph Strait Ralph Strait ... Officer #2
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Storyline

A Korean man's resemblance to the legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee proves to be a mixed blessing when he stumbles onto the activities of the Mob. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Organized Crime Exposed! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie spurred just the one sequel which was made and released around five years later. They Still Call Me Bruce (1987) was not successful commercially and went straight to video in a number of territories. See more »

Goofs

The hole Bruce makes in the paper wall with his samurai sword is missing in all subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

[Johnny arrives at his grandfather's deathbed just in time for the old man's last words]
Joon: I'll make you proud of me. When I grow up, I'll make lots of money.
Bruce/Grandfather: Let me tell you, grandson. Money is not the most important thing in life. The most important thing is... broads. Broads!
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Connections

Spoofs Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

I Imagine You
Lyrics by Gary Tigerman
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Surprisingly good B-movie!
11 November 2001 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

I had read the short review of this movie in "The Video Movie Guide" over and over, thinking it would be bad; but by luck, it was on T.V. one summer afternoon, so I watched it. Well, they were wrong (again).

This movie was good. It at least did its job in making me laugh like crazy at times, which is tough for anything coming down the pike these days.

Johnny Yune, a now forgotten comedian, plays Bruce, so-called because people mistake him for Bruce Lee (he looks nothing like him). Bruce gets himself involved with the Mafia, who use him and Ralph Mauro as unknowing guinea pigs to deliver "Chinese Flour", which is really cocaine, to various bosses from L.A. to N.Y. When things go sour, the late Margaux Hemmingway tries to off the heroes.

The film is very cheap-looking and dark, but there are some absolutely funny lines delivered by Yune.

When he's in Las Vegas and he's asked about gambling

Bruce: Ah Gambling! In China, I knew a woman who made her husband a millionaire through gambling. Only thing was, he used to be a billionaire.

When he's at a black church and asked to testify.

Bruce: We were so poor that when a thief broke into our house, we'd rob him!

Early in the film, his adventures at a dojo are pure slapstick, as well as a scene where Yune and Mauro are in a Texas jail, and they use the Chinese Flour to cause a jailbreak, then when the cocaine is on the clothes of the prisoners, they start sniffing at the clothes to snort the coke! Hilarious.

You won't find this on DVD, but you'll find this hidden gem somewhere in a video store. See it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Chopsticks See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,071,345, 14 November 1982

Gross USA:

$16,894,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,894,678
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gold Pine Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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