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Lenny (1974)

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public.

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Jan Miner ...
Sally Marr
Stanley Beck ...
Artie Silver
Frankie Man ...
Baltimore Comic
Rashel Novikoff ...
Aunt Mema
Gary Morton ...
Sherman Hart
Guy Rennie ...
Jack Goldstein
Michele Yonge ...
Nurse
Kathryn Witt ...
Girl (as Kathie Witt)
Monroe Myers ...
Hawaiin Judge
John DiSanti ...
John Santi
Mickey Gatlin ...
San Francisco Policeman
Martin Begley ...
San Francisco Judge
Mark Harris ...
Defense Attorney
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Storyline

Interview-style biography of controversial and pioneering stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce. The film traces Bruce from his beginnings as a Catskills comic to his later underground popularity based on his anti-establishment politics and his scatological humor. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Lenny's Time Has Finally Come! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

Al Pacino was offered the part of Lenny Bruce but turned it down. He later said he regretted it after seeing the film. See more »

Goofs

During the movie's opening monologue, Lenny says that it's 1964 and then references the MDA Telethon, which debuted in 1966. See more »

Quotes

Lenny Bruce: "Fuck you." Never understood that insult, because fucking someone is actually really pleasant. If we're trying to be mean, we should say "unfuck you!"
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Connections

Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Well You Needn't
Music by Teddy McRae and Thelonious Monk
Performed by Miles Davis
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Brilliant movie
17 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

After reading a couple of comments on "Lenny", claiming "Unfortunately not very funny" I have made an effort to register on IMDb.com, just to give my view. To the people who wrote the words along those lines - Has it ever occurred to you, that Lenny Bruce's life is just not a very funny story? Yes, he was 1 of the best comedians ever, but did you really expect 2 hours of laughter, and than at the end, a little reminder that something went very wrong here - a tiny reminder, not anything to shake you up too much? Really???

Yes, it is not very funny. If you decide to watch "Lenny", you will not get as many laughs, as you might have expected. I wouldn't say it is unfortunate though.

What you will get is an accurate description of an incredibly powerful, real character. Lenny might not be the most likable hero ever, but he was a guy who stood up for what he believed in, and had a lot of fight in him. Don't we want our movie heroes to be like that?

You'll get wonderful performances in the leading roles, a cinematography that each and every student of cinematography should be made to watch for hours, and Bob Fosse's direction, (helped by a modern approach to editing) simply stunning.

You'll be moved, you'll get a lot of food for thought and you'll feel enriched by this movie. But yeah, you won't get many laughs. What a waste of time, right?

Wrong.


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