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My Name Is Bruce

Promotional film poster
Directed by Bruce Campbell
Produced by Mike Richardson
Bruce Campbell
Gary Kout
Craig Sanborn
Written by Mark Verheiden
Starring Bruce Campbell
Ted Raimi
Ellen Sandweiss
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Ben L. McCain
Cinematography Kurt Rauf
Editing by M. Scott Smith
Distributed by Image Entertainment
Dark Horse Entertainment
Release date(s) Ashland Independent Film Festival
April 13, 2007
United States limited
October 26, 2008
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million
Followed by My Name is Still Bruce

My Name Is Bruce is a 2007 American comedy film, directed, co-produced by and starring B movie cult actor Bruce Campbell. The film was written by Mark Verheiden. It had a theatrical release in October 2008,[1] followed by DVD and Blu-ray releases on February 10, 2009.[2]

Although Sam Raimi, with whom Bruce frequently collaborates, is not involved with this production, much of the film is in the vein of the Evil Dead series; however, Ted Raimi (Sam's brother), also a frequent collaborator, appears in this film.

Campbell has shown several minutes of the movie during some of his campus lectures, as well as a few public screenings including showings at the sixth annual Ashland Independent Film Festival, CineVegas and the eleventh annual East Lansing Film Festival. A trailer was released for the film as well and is available on various websites. A screening was held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets for the show sold out in less than two minutes, breaking the previous Alamo ticket sellout record, which was also set by a Bruce Campbell appearance at the theater in 1998.

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Plot

My Name is Bruce is the heroic struggle of a small mining town (Gold Lick, Oregon) to rid itself of a vengeful monster. Guan-di (Jamie Peck), the Chinese god of war and protector of the dead, has been unleashed by cemetery-desecrating teenagers to protect the graves of Chinese miners lost in a deadly cave-in of yesteryear.

The deadly demon's mission is to eradicate all those who transgressed against the tomb (relatives included), which is virtually the entire population of Gold Lick. The inbred community has to find a solution so Jeff (Taylor Sharpe), the sole survivor of a deadly Guan-Di encounter, takes it upon himself to kidnap his idol, Bruce Campbell (Bruce Campbell), star of countless B-movie horror films, and recruit him to be their local savior.

Mortified at first, Bruce eventually goes along with Jeff's prank, convinced that it is all an elaborate birthday present from his agent (Ted Raimi). He begins to enjoy the spoils of being a movie hero, including free liquor and Jeff's attractive mother, Kelly (Grace Thorsen).

Jeff's scheme goes horribly wrong when his hero, known more for fighting directors than mythical warriors, haphazardly leads the town in battle against Guan-Di. Confronted by a monster that is not a guy in a rubber suit, and with the blood of innocents on his hands, Bruce abandons the harsh reality of Gold Lick for the sanctity of his former, artificial life.

In his ramshackle desert trailer, Bruce resumes the daily grind of genre sequels, poor housekeeping and cheap whiskey, but a gut-wrenching call from his biggest fan, Jeff — now forced to take on Guan-Di alone — prompts the actor to re-evaluate his destiny.

Against his better judgment (and the angry citizens of Gold Lick), Bruce returns to defeat Guan-Di, save Jeff, and snag his hot mother. In the climactic, mano-a-monster, Bruce tries to rise above the miserable off-screen schmuck that he is and become a hero in real life.

Cast

  • Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell
  • Grace Thorsen as Kelly Graham
  • Taylor Sharpe as Jeff
  • Ted Raimi as Mills Toddner / Wing / Sign Painter
  • Ben L. McCain as the Mayor
  • Ellen Sandweiss as Cheryl
  • Timothy Patrick Quill as Frank
  • Dan Hicks as Dirt Farmer
  • Logan Martin as Clayton
  • Ali Akay as Little Debbie
  • Ariel Badenhop as Big Debbie
  • James J. Peck as Guan-Di / Cavealien Monster
  • Jen Brown as Petra

Release

There was over a year's gap between the film's earliest screenings and its wider release in October 2008. Dark Horse Comics' Mike Richardson commented on this:[3]

"'Some people maybe thought the film fell out or that there was something wrong with it,' Richardson says, touching on Bruce's slow journey getting before wide audiences. It was roughly a year ago that it screened to CineVegas film fest attendees. 'We did our shoot, put it in the can and the studio that financed it liked it so much they gave us more money to do a second shoot. We beefed it up so it could go into the theaters.'"[3]

For the week of December 9, 2008, My Name is Bruce took in $17,214 on a single screen at the Lagoon Theater in Minneapolis, its sixth week in release.[4]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 10, 2009.[5][6]

Sequel

Richardson said that a sequel, titled My Name is Still Bruce, is in the works. Dark Horse Entertainment and Image Entertainment will distribute both films.[3] The title for the second film has since been changed to Bruce vs. Frankenstein.[7]

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