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Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty theatrical poster
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Produced by Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Written by Steve Koren (story/script)
Mark O'Keefe (story/script)
Steve Oedekerk (script)
Starring Jim Carrey
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Aniston
Catherine Bell
Steve Carell
Philip Baker Hall
Music by John Debney
Distributed by Universal Studios (USA)
Buena Vista International (non-USA)
Release date(s) May 23, 2003
Running time 101 min.
Language English
Budget $80 million
Followed by Evan Almighty (2007)
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Bruce Almighty is a 2003 comedy movie directed by Tom Shadyac and written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe, and Steve Oedekerk. It stars Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Aniston. Steve Carell, Catherine Bell, Lisa Ann Walter, and Philip Baker Hall co-star. Tony Bennett and Juan Valdez make cameo appearances. Download high resolution version (507x755, 71 KB)Bruce Almighty movie poster - http://www. ... Tom Shadyac (born December 11, 1958 in Falls Church, Virginia) is an American comedian, producer, director and writer. ... Gary Barber is a film producer who is affiliated with Spyglass Entertainment. ... Steven Wayne Koren was one of the writers of the movies Bruce Almighty, SuperStar, and A Night at the Roxbury, and wrote for Saturday Night Live and Seinfeld. ... Mark OKeefe is a comedy screenwriter for features and television. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom Friends. ... This article is about the actress. ... Steven John Carell (born August 16, 1962)[1] is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American comedian, actor, producer and writer, who rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, from 1999 to 2004. ... Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Buena Vista International is a division of The Walt Disney Company which handles non-U.S. distribution of Disney films. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Evan Almighty is a 2007 comedy film, and sequel to the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Tom Shadyac (born December 11, 1958 in Falls Church, Virginia) is an American comedian, producer, director and writer. ... Steven Wayne Koren was one of the writers of the movies Bruce Almighty, SuperStar, and A Night at the Roxbury, and wrote for Saturday Night Live and Seinfeld. ... Mark OKeefe is a comedy screenwriter for features and television. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom Friends. ... Steven John Carell (born August 16, 1962)[1] is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American comedian, actor, producer and writer, who rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, from 1999 to 2004. ... This article is about the actress. ... Lisa Ann Walter (born August 3, 1963 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is an American actress, comedian, writer and film producer. ... Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Juan Valdez and his mule. ...


When the film was released in American theaters in late May 2003, it took the #1 spot at the box office, grossing $85.7 million, higher than the release of Pearl Harbor, making it the highest-rated Memorial Day weekend opening of any film in motion picture history until the release of X-Men: The Last Stand over Memorial Day 2006.[1] The movie surprised media analysts when it beat The Matrix Reloaded after its first week of release. By the time it left theaters in December 2003, it took in a United States domestic total of over $242 million and $484,572,835 worldwide, breaking records as the highest-grossing live action comedy ever.[2] Pearl Harbor is an Oscar-winning war film released in the summer of 2001 by Touchstone Pictures. ... Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. ...

Contents

Plot

Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a TV news reporter at Eyewitness News Channel 7 in Buffalo, New York (WKBW-TV) who fails to get a job as an anchorman and, after a series of other bad luck incidents, complains to God that he is both treating him unfairly and is doing a poor job as supreme deity. Bruce is then contacted by God (Morgan Freeman) who grants Bruce all of his supreme power to see if he can prove that he can do a better job. Bruce quickly uses his new-found powers for personal gain. He sabotages a colleague so that he can get a better job, transforms his car, and enhances his girlfriend's breasts and sex drive. He is then reminded that he also has to take care of other people's problems. Meanwhile, Bruce endangers his relationship with his girlfriend, Grace Connelly (Jennifer Aniston), through his self-centered behavior. In the end, Bruce realizes that God's powers are best left for God to handle and graciously asks for God to take control of his life. James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... WKBW-TV, Channel 7 is a television station in Buffalo, New York. ... “Anchorman” redirects here. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... okay that is all ... For the Peruvian rock group, see Libido (band). ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom Friends. ...


The movie portrays God as a wise but smart-aleckey elderly man. God quotes a line from one of Carrey's other movies ("Alrighty then", from Ace Ventura), and tells Bruce that if he wants, Bruce can fix all the world's problems in a few minutes, knowing full well from eons of experience that he cannot. Bruce receives millions of prayers, all from, according to God, his single town. Having to listen to the prayers of the whole world, one can only imagine how God feels. Bruce is thus able to realize just how much work God must do to keep creation "in line." As Bruce and God themselves put it in two scenes, where Bruce wants the person he loves to love him: This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Bruce: How do you make someone love you without affecting their free will?
  • God: Heh, welcome to my world, son. If you come up with an answer to that one, you let me know.

And a second scene over prayers:

  • God: You made a mess of things, huh?
  • Bruce: There were so many [people]. I just gave them what they wanted. [Bruce had answered YES to all incoming prayers.]
  • God: Yeah, but since when does anyone have a clue what they want?

This scene continues with poignant lines in which God allows Bruce to understand the true nature of people's problems and how to resolve them:

  • God: Parting your soup is not a miracle, Bruce, it's a magic trick. A single mom who's working two jobs and still finds time to take her kid to soccer practice, that's a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and yes to an education, that's a miracle. People want me to do everything for them, and what they don't realize is - they have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.

Near the end of the movie, a depressed Bruce walks onto the highway and is hit by a truck. He talks to God in heaven, who asks him "what he really wants." After Bruce asks for Grace to find a man to make her truly happy, God brings Bruce back to life and Grace returns to him at the hospital. In the end, Bruce has changed his outlook on life - he is happy with the meager stories he covers, donates blood, and marries Grace.


Cast

Actor Role
Jim Carrey Bruce Nolan
Jennifer Aniston Grace Connelly
Morgan Freeman God
Lisa Ann Walter Debbie
Philip Baker Hall Jack Baylor
Steve Carell Evan Baxter
Catherine Bell Susan Ortega
Sally Kirkland Anita Mann
Nora Dunn Ally Loman
Jack Jozefson the Homeless Man
Gretchen Hill the Disgruntled Nurse

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom Friends. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Lisa Ann Walter (born August 3, 1963 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is an American actress, comedian, writer and film producer. ... Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. ... Steven John Carell (born August 16, 1962)[1] is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American comedian, actor, producer and writer, who rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, from 1999 to 2004. ... Evan Almighty is a 2007 comedy film, and sequel to the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. ... This article is about the actress. ... For Sally Kirkland the Vogue & Life editor, see, see Sally Kirkland (editor). ... Dunn at the Laws of Attraction priemere. ...

Controversy and reception

  • The movie was banned in Egypt and Malaysia due to pressure from Islamic religious circuits who objected to the portrayal of God as a visually ordinary man. The ban in Malaysia was eventually lifted after the Censorship Board gave it the "18" rating (suitable for adult viewers only)[3].[4][5]
  • In Iran, the movie was interpreted in the light of Twelver Shiism—the predominant branch of Islam practiced in the country. The appearance of Morgan Freeman's character at the end echoes the prophesied return of the 12th Imam.[6]

The movie received rather mixed reviews (50% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average of 46 out of a 100 on Metacritic.com). The film took nearly $243 million at the box office, making it Jim Carrey's most successful film since 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also released by Universal). This article is about political For the religion of Islam, see Islam. ... Twelvers ( Ithnāˤashariyya) are those Shiˤa Muslims who believe there were twelve Imāms. ... It has been suggested that Mahdi be merged into this article or section. ... Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 2000 live-action film, based on the 1957 book by Dr. Seuss. ...


Telephone numbers

The film caused controversy because God contacts Bruce, via pager, using an actual phone number rather than a number in the standard fictional 555 telephone exchange. The original telephone number was 776-2323.[7] No area code was included. Several people and groups sharing this number have received hundreds of phone calls from people wanting to talk to God. Oddly enough, some of the calls went to a church located in Sanford, North Carolina, whose pastor happened to be named Bruce.[8] A church in Georgia also happens to use this number. The number even turned out to be valid in Greater Manchester in Britain.[9] For terminal pagers, see more (Unix) or less (Unix). ... The oft-used fictional phone number 555-2368, as seen in the movie Ghostbusters In North America, telephone numbers with the prefix 555 are widely used for fictitious phone numbers in television shows, films, computer games, and other media. ... A telephone operator manually connecting calls with patch cables at a telephone switchboard. ... Sanford is a city in Lee County, North Carolina, United States. ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ...


The producers noted that the number chosen was not in use in the Buffalo, New York (area code 716) area where the film is set in, but did not check anywhere else. The DVD and television versions changed the display of the pager to 555-0123. However, Bruce still says the original line, "Hello, 776-2323", despite this change. Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Area code 716 is an area code used to dominate Western New York until a new area code was formed in the east. ...


Religious allusions

  • At lunch when Bruce Nolan just discovered his new powers he "parted" the red tomato soup as a reference to Moses parting the Red Sea from the Book of Exodus in the Bible.
  • Before the news party for Bruce begins, a golden calf statue can be seen.
  • When talking to his boss, Bruce jokes about how much he can do in 7 days, which is how long the Bible says God took for the creation.
  • During the big party scene, while everyone is cheering Bruce when he arrives, he can be seen pouring a pitcher of water into a wine cup. As he pours, the water is turned into wine. This is a reference to Jesus' first Bible-mentioned miracle at the wedding at Cana.
  • He can be seen talking to God whilst walking on Lake Erie, citing another miracle of Jesus, this at the point where God is telling him what he can and cannot do with the powers, God then picks up the prayer beads and walks away.
  • When Grace drives away during the party, Bruce says "I am the Alpha; I am the Omega", referencing God being the beginning (Alpha/Α) and the end (Omega/Ω).
  • Director Tom Shadyac stated in the DVD commentary that God appearing as the boss, the janitor and the electrician was a parallel to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, although this was not his original intention, and he only noticed this afterwards.
  • In the diner God says "Come take a closer walk with me" a line and name of a popular hymn.
  • When trying to answer all the prayer using a computer Bruce uses the search engine Yahweh!, the original Hebrew name for God in the Old Testament, and a spoof of the actual search engine Yahoo!.

Moses with the Tablets, 1659, by Rembrandt This article is about the Biblical figure. ... This article is about the second book in the Torah. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... For other uses, see Golden calf (disambiguation). ... This article refers to a place mentioned in the New Testament. ... Look up alfa, alpha in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Ω, ω in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the Christian Trinity. ... A search engine is an information retrieval system designed to help find information stored on a computer system. ... It has been suggested that Yahweh be merged into this article or section. ... Yahoo redirects here. ...

Sequel

Main article: Evan Almighty

On June 22, 2007, Evan Almighty was released. The film stars Steve Carell reprising his role as Evan Baxter, and Morgan Freeman reprising his role as God. Although Bruce Almighty director Tom Shadyac returned to direct the sequel, neither Jim Carrey nor Jennifer Aniston, co-stars of the first film, were involved with this film. Evan Almighty is a 2007 comedy film, and sequel to the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Evan Almighty is a 2007 comedy film, and sequel to the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. ... Steven John Carell (born August 16, 1962)[1] is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American comedian, actor, producer and writer, who rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, from 1999 to 2004. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Tom Shadyac (born December 11, 1958 in Falls Church, Virginia) is an American comedian, producer, director and writer. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom Friends. ...


Soundtrack

Original Release Date: June 3, 2003
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Soundtrack
Label: Varese Sarabande is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • 01 - One of us - Joan Osborne
  • 02 - God-shaped-hole - Plumb
  • 03 - You're a God - Vertical Horizon
  • 04 - The power - Snap!
  • 05 - A Little less Conversation - Elvis vs. JXL
  • 06 - Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim
  • 07 - God gave me Everything - Mick Jagger
  • 08 - AB Positive - Hollywood Studio Symphony, Brad Dechter, Sandy De Crescent
  • 09 - Walking on water - Hollywood Studio Symphony, Brad Dechter, Sandy De Crescent
  • 10 - Seventh at Seven - Hollywood Studio Symphony, Brad Dechter, Sandy De Crescent
  • 11 - Bruce Meets God - Hollywood Studio Symphony, Brad Dechter, Sandy De Crescent
  • 12 - Bruce's Prayer - Hollywood Studio Symphony, Brad Dechter, Sandy De Crescent
  • 13 - Grace's prayer - Hollywood Studio Symphony, Brad Dechter, Sandy De Crescent

Joan Elizabeth Osborne (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter, known chiefly for her song One of Us. Originally from the Louisville suburb of Anchorage, Kentucky, she moved to New York City in the late 1980s, where Osborne formed her own record label, Womanly Hips, to release... Tiffany Arbuckle Lee (born Tiffany Arbuckle in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a Contemporary Christian music [1][2] artist who uses the stage name Plumb. ... // Vertical Horizon was formed in 1990 by Georgetown University undergrads Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane; after graduation in 1992 the duo relocated to Boston and, in 1992, self-released their debut album There and Back Again. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll, or as just simply The King, was an American singer who had an immeasurable effect on world culture. ... Junkie XL (also JXL) is a musician, born Tom Holkenborg in Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands in 1967. ... FatBoy Slim (born Quentin Leo Cook on July 31, 1963,[1] also known as Norman Cook) is a British big beat musician. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ...

Usage of the Bruce Almighty name

When registering for hotel stays, Don Mattingly used the alias "Bruce Almighty" to avoid unwanted fan attention [1]. Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) is a retired first baseman who played for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. ...


References

  1. ^ 'Bruce' Blesses Memorial Weekend with $85.7 Million.
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo - Bruce Almighty.
  3. ^ http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=7703
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0315327/trivia
  5. ^ Malaysian Muslims call for ban on movie, AFP, Fri July 13, 2007
  6. ^ Karl Vick. "Misreading Tehran", Washington Post, June 25, 2006, p. B01. Retrieved on 2006-06-27. 
  7. ^ Joe does the Movies.
  8. ^ Bruce Almighty fans give God a call.
  9. ^ BBC News website, 30th June 2003.

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Bruce Almighty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1131 words)
Bruce Almighty (2003) is a comedy movie directed by Tom Shadyac and written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe and Steve Oedekerk.
Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a TV news reporter at Eyewitness News Channel 7 in Buffalo, New York (WKBW-TV) who fails to get a job as an anchorman and, after a series of other bad luck incidents, complains to God that he is treating him unfairly and is doing a poor job as supreme deity.
Bruce is then contacted by God (Morgan Freeman) and endowed with almighty powers to prove that he can do a better job.
The Popkorn Junkie :: Bruce Almighty (1358 words)
At first Bruce is skeptical, but eventually comes to love his new powers and uses them in a series of hysterical events that range from seducing his girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Anniston), to taking revenge on a backstabbing co-worker at his job as a television reporter.
Bruce sets about answering prayers but is so overwhelmed by them, that he starts to rubber-stamp prayers with a yes response via his computer.
Thinking he is helping Bruce is shocked when he sees the results as thousands of people win the lottery at once and riot when they learn that they only receive a meager $17.00 due to so many winners.
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