Marie and Bruce

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Marie and Bruce
Marie and Bruce.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom Cairns
Produced byGeorge Van Buskirk
Screenplay byWallace Shawn
Tom Cairns
StarringJulianne Moore
Matthew Broderick
Music byMark Degli Antoni[1]
CinematographyPatrick Cody
Edited byAndy Keir
Distributed byNew Films
Release date
  • January 19, 2004 (2004-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Marie and Bruce is a 2004 American comedy drama film directed by Tom Cairns and starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. It was based on the 1978 play of the same name by Wallace Shawn, who also wrote the script with Cairns, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2004. Although the film was well received and starred many major motion picture stars, it failed to receive distribution and remained obscure, until it was released on DVD in March 2009. The music was done by Mark Degli Antoni, of the band Soul Coughing.[1]


The story focuses on the somewhat whimsical and comical relationship between a fairly unlikely couple involved in a complex and emotionally tortured cohabitation. The real scandal begins when Marie decides to leave Bruce. Her lack of measured decisiveness in leaving, however, leads to the heaping on of verbal invective and a stream of sarcastic and pejorative language, assumed to have accumulated over the years. At the climactic dinner scene at a restaurant, Marie finally expresses her verbal contempt for Bruce but without much effect. The two discuss their future together when Bruce surprises Marie with a gift he bought for the house.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Marie and Bruce (2004) – Overview". New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  2. ^ Marie and Bruce. Scene from a Dinner Party with Robert Lehrer. YouTube.

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