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Get Bruce (1999)

Affectionate tribute to Bruce Vilanch (1948- ), who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. We meet his mom and see... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Bette Midler ... Herself
Robin Williams ... Himself
Nathan Lane ... Himself
Lily Tomlin ... Herself
Bruce Vilanch ... Himself
Raquel Welch ... Herself
Michael Feinstein ... Himself
Shirley MacLaine ... Herself
Florence Henderson ... Herself
Steven Seagal ... Himself
Michael Douglas ... Himself
Paul Reiser ... Himself
Danny Harris Danny Harris ... Himself
Jenifer Lewis ... Herself
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Affectionate tribute to Bruce Vilanch (1948- ), who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. We meet his mom and see photos of his childhood; in Chicago, he writes for the Tribune and then heads West. Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Bette Midler talk with him and to the camera about working with Bruce, and we also watch Bruce help others prepare for Liz Taylor's 60th, Bill Clinton's 50th, and an AIDS awards banquet where the hirsute, rotund Vilanch lets his emotions show. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary

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Rated R for language and risque humor

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Bruce! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,736, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:

$43,155
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Stereo

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

George Schlatter: If it's done right, you're right on the edge. You're working without a net. And to do that, you have to have people around you who you trust. That's why Bette goes to Bruce, and that's why Lily and Whoopi. They will all go to Bruce Vilanch. They all say. "Get Vilanch".
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References Aladdin (1992) See more »

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Get Bruce!
Music by Michael Feinstein
Lyrics by Lindy Robbins
Performed by Ann-Margret
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Totally Hollywood!
27 March 2013 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I only saw this documentary because it was one of five films on a multi film disc that I got out of the bargain bin and this wasn't the film that I was going for. Bruce Vilanch is an openly gay comedian and writer. He writes for stars especially for the Oscar Awards ceremonies for hosts like Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. We meet his mother and learn he is adopted. He wears crazy t-shirts and has an ugly beard. I don't think he's a horrible person. He is far more open than most people were long before it was fashionable to come out of the closet. While the documentary has plenty of faults and flaws, it's enjoyable and sometimes just pointless to honor somebody like Bruce Vilanch. When you want a good comedy writer to help with the show like the Oscars, you get Bruce Vilanch to write some jokes. He has written performance pieces for Bette Midler and has been friends for decades with legendary performers. It's interesting to see his past as writing for the Brady Bunch Variety Show in the 1970s after he left Chicago to get his start in Hollywood writing.


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