Original film poster
|Directed by||Andrew J. Kuehn|
|Produced by||Andrew J. Kuehn|
|Music by||Michael Feinstein|
|Cinematography||José Louis Mignone|
|Edited by||William Flicker, Maureen Nolan|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|January 24, 1999 (US)|
Get Bruce, sometimes stylized as Get Bruce!, is a 1999 American documentary film starring Bruce Vilanch, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, Shirley MacLaine, Steven Seagal, Carol Burnett and Michael Douglas. The film is directed by Andrew J. Kuehn.
The film is a tribute to Bruce Vilanch, who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. Villanche's mother and photos of childhood are shown in the film; 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 65th birthday, Bill Clinton's 50th birthday, and an AIDS awards banquet where Vilanch lets his emotions show.
Besides Bruce Vilanch, many other personalities appear in the documentary. The film poster highlighted the following:
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Billy Crystal
- Bette Midler
- Lily Tomlin
- Paul Reiser
- Nathan Lane
- Raquel Welch
- Shirley MacLaine
- Carol Burnett
Other personalities in the documentary: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Michael Feinstein, Florence Henderson, Steven Seagal, Michael Douglas, Danny Harris, Jenifer Lewis, Jeff Margolis, Salma Hayek, Dora Mendoza, Paul Guerro, Michele Lee, George Schlatter, Stephen Pouliot, Susan Futterman, Marc Shaiman, Michael Smith, James Loyce, Don Scotti, Christine Baranski, Tim Curry, Traci Lords, Tom Vergron, David Copperfield, Margaret Cho, Beverly D'Angelo, Ali MacGraw, Lauren Bacall, Merry Clayton, President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Ted Danson, Rosie O'Donnell, Patrick Swayze, Elizabeth Taylor, Sigourney Weaver as well as his mother Henne Vilanch and agent Tim Bock.
Box office and nominations
It was nominated for "Best Documentary" at the 2000 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards