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Release Date:
10 November 1974 (USA) See more »
Lenny's Time Has Finally Come!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Hoffman is stunning See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Lenny Bruce

Valerie Perrine ... Honey Bruce
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
Richard Friedman ... San Francisco Prosecutor
Lee Sandman ... 2nd San Francisco Judge
Jack Nagle ... Reverend Mooney
Phil Philbin ... New York Plainclothesman
Bruce McLaughlin ... New York Judge

Ted Sorel ... New York Attorney (as Theodore Sorel)
Clarence Thomas ... New York Attorney
Mike Murphy ... New York Prosecutor
Susan Malnik ... Kitty (age twelve)
George DeWitt ... Comic (as George de Witt)
Judy LaScala ... Chorus Girl
Don Newsome ... Connection
Allison Goldstein ... Kitty (age one)
Winston Lee ... Chinese Waiter
Bridghid Glass ... Kitty (age two)
Joe Mencel ... Court Reporter

Richard O'Barry ... Court Clerk (as Ric O'Feldman)
Beth Challis ... Club Owner
Robert Parsons ... Chicago Plainclothesman
Cecil Seay ... Chicago Plainclothesman
Bob Collins ... New York Assistant DA
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Ardell ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Bud Atchison ... New York Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Molly Bandes ... Lady in Los Angeles Audience (uncredited)
Alfred Barney ... (uncredited)
Lynette Bernay ... Girl in Dressing Room (uncredited)
William Boone ... (uncredited)
Buddy Boylan ... Marty (uncredited)
Daniel Burger ... First Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
Anthony Caruso ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Tom Chamberlain ... San Francisco Policeman (uncredited)
Rufus Cleare Jr. ... Second Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
Jimmy Crawford ... Second Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
Edward Crocetti ... (uncredited)
Joey Dano ... Baltimore Strip Club Band Member (uncredited)
Lewis DiMartino ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Cindy Embers ... Opening Stripper (uncredited)
Andy William Fischer ... Duffy's Strip Club Band (uncredited)
William Flannigan ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Belle Flower ... Babysitter (uncredited)

Bob Fosse ... The Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)
Turnip Green ... (uncredited)
Sherry Greene ... Girl in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Gerald Guidice ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Jeffrey Holck ... (uncredited)
Phyllis Hyman ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Diego Iborra ... Baltimore Strip Club Band Member (uncredited)
Jay W. Jensen ... Nightclub Customer (uncredited)
Mal Jones ... New York Court Clerk (uncredited)
Myrtle Jones ... Second Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
David Light ... Duffy's Strip Club Band (uncredited)
Sonny Mange ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Larry Mark ... Humiliated Customer (uncredited)
Ben Marks ... Duffy's Strip Club Band (uncredited)
Lee Martin ... Duffy's Strip Club Band (uncredited)

David Joseph Martinez ... Marine Private (uncredited)
John Henry McCarthy ... Man in Cellar Club (uncredited)
Norbert Mogwitz ... Club Charles Band Member (uncredited)
Eugene Monahan ... Los Angeles Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Paul Martino Musenga ... First Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
Onyx ... Stripper (uncredited)
Alan Ormsby ... Man in Audience of Cellar Club (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti ... Hunter (uncredited)

Christine Page ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jeannie Parker ... Lady in Los Angeles Audience (uncredited)
Leonard Perna ... First Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
Paula Plyler ... Truth Girl (uncredited)
William Richko ... Catskills Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Richard F. Rose ... Second Cellar Club Band (uncredited)
Ted Rosen ... Club Charles Band Member (uncredited)
Joseph Santaniello ... (uncredited)
Jack Savage ... Man in Chicago Audience (uncredited)
Lonnie Sintow ... Woman in Chicago Audience (uncredited)
Kim St. Leon ... Girl in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Rita Turner ... Stripper (uncredited)
Charles Victor ... Club Charles Band Member (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder ... Hunter (uncredited)
Zorita ... Nightclub Owner (uncredited)
Lillian Zuckerman ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Fosse 
Writing credits
Julian Barry (play)

Julian Barry (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... associate producer
David V. Picker .... executive producer (as David Picker)
Marvin Worth .... producer
Original Music by
Ralph Burns 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Beverly McDermott 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Set Decoration by
Nicholas J. Romanac  (as Nicholas Romanak)
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
William A. Farley .... hair stylist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Robert Laden .... makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit manager
Robert Greenhut .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Green .... first assistant director
Thomas Lofaro .... second assistant director (as Tommy Lofaro)
Ted Zachary .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Larry Goodwin Sr. .... set dresser (uncredited)
Charles Guanci .... props (uncredited)
Paul Schwendel .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dennis Maitland .... sound
Ed Rothkowitz .... sound assistant
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Katherine Wenning .... sound editing supervisor
Norman Hollyn .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
William Johnson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Holmes .... gaffer
Michael McGowan .... assistant camera
Billy Simpson .... key grip
Roland 'Ozzie' Smith .... camera operator (as Roland Ozzie Smith)
John Winner .... assistant camera
Guy Del Russo .... electrician (uncredited)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tony Gulliver .... still photographer (uncredited)
Perry A. Jones .... grip (uncredited)
Dick LaViolette .... grip (uncredited)
John McGowan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Pergola .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Swan .... best boy (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lynette Bernay .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana Bernay .... costumer
Michael J. Harte .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jonathan Pontell .... assistant editor
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter
Trudy Ship .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Fred Toledo .... transportation captain
Don Howell .... teamster (uncredited)
Allan McGovern .... teamster (uncredited)
Other crew
Selma Brown .... location auditor
Honey Bruce Friedman .... advisor to producer (as Honey Bruce)
Kitty Bruce .... advisor to producer
Michael Butler .... producer: original stage production
Gail Geibel .... production secretary
Neil R. Lipes .... production assistant
Frank Majerski .... cinemobile technician
Sally Marr .... advisor to producer
Lawrence Schiller .... material supplier
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist
G.C. Brown .... representative: U.A. (uncredited)
Karen Gilbert .... personal assistant: Bob Fosse, pre-production (uncredited)
Patti James .... secretary (uncredited)
Larry Mark .... production assistant (uncredited)
Douglas E. Stoll .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:K-18 (1975) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2003) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

The character of Sherman Hart is based on Milton Berle; the real name wasn't used because Berle was still alive and there were fears he might sue for libel. But the character uses all of Berle's mannerisms and trademark shtick, including sticking the cigar under his top lip.See more »
Anachronisms: During the movie's opening monologue, Lenny says that it's 1964 and then references the MDA Telethon, which debuted in 1966.See more »
Lenny Bruce:Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt gave Lou Gehrig the clap?See more »
Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »
It Never Entered My MindSee more »


How does it end?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Hoffman is stunning, 7 July 2005
Author: Lupercali from Tasmania

To be honest I don't think the rest of the film quite deserves 8 stars, but Dustin Hoffman's performance as Lenny Bruce is so extraordinary that it lifts the movie up to that rating.

Made in a fairly familiar quasi-documentary style, 'Lenny' begins with 'present day' (i.e. 1974) interviews with the surviving characters from Lenny's life, cut with flashbacks to his 1950's beginnings as a 'traditional' comic, and 'late' live performances in his post-drug-bust days. As the film progresses and the narrative catches up with the interviews, the gaps between these segments 'close'. Clever use is made of some of Lenny's material, cutting from keywords or phrases in his bits, to events in his life with inspired or correlated to them.

All the same there is something a little dry and disappointing in the film's structure: almost as if it could have used a more conventional, linear narrative, like Milos Forman's tribute to Andy Kauffman, 'Man on the Moon' would use to such great effect 25 years later.

Ironically though, such a structure might have deprived of us of seeing more of Hoffman doing Lenny's bits 'live' on stage - and for me these were the highlights, which I wish had lasted longer, rather than flashing back to some past event after 30 seconds. As a big Lenny Bruce fan, I can only say that Hoffman's portrayal is almost supernatural. It's like he's channeling the guy. He has his mannerisms and improvisational style down perfectly. You would swear you were seeing these improvisations for the first time if you hadn't heard them already. In fact, Hoffman possibly even improves on Lenny's delivery in one small respect. Lenny had a penchant for the 'conversation' that would erupt in the middle of one of his bits, between two or more characters. Hoffman probably puts a bit more distinction between the characters than Lenny often did (quite often they would all just sound like Lenny, which was part of the magic, but never mind.) Over 30 years on, it's quite amazing to me that this film has become a relative obscurity in Dustin Hoffman's filmography. Frankly, though Hoffman has blown me away on various occasions, I don't ever remember being more blown away than this. And if you were to pick easy people to imitate, I doubt Lenny Bruce on stage would be high on many people's lists.

The film as a whole is good, but to witness Hoffman channeling Bruce, it's a must-see.

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