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Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Himself
Honey Bruce Friedman ...
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Kitty Bruce ...
Herself
Lenny Bruce ...
Himself (archive footage)
JoJo D'Amore ...
Himself
John Dolan ...
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Martin Garbus ...
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Jackie Gayle ...
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Nat Hentoff ...
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Paul Krassner ...
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Richard Kuh ...
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Sally Marr ...
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Frankie Ray ...
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Maynard Sloate ...
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In 1948, Lenny Bruce was just another comic who couldn't get arrested. By 1961, all that would change.


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$16,445 (USA) (23 October 1998)

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$21,350 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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This Oscar-nominated documentary was 12 years in the making. See more »

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Features Playboy's Penthouse (1959) See more »

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It Never Entered My Mind
Performed by George Shearing
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Incredible insight to an incredible comedian.
9 August 1999 | by (Oklahoma City, OK) – See all my reviews

Great documentary of a great comedian. Like Jesus Christ, he suffered for no reason. Great interviews with his mother, wife, and friends. This documentary shows what Lenny could have done before being cut short by our so-called 'judicial' system. Obviously, he would have been a great actor. Everything was right for Lenny until the 'man' took him down. I don't mean for that to sound trite, but that is exactly what happened to this genius. I guess you could say he carved the road for the comedians of today, but none really come close to his insight and charisma. This documentary will show you what 'could have been' had it not been for the forces that would destroy him. An amazing artist with no guilt. A truly free American. An American Tragedy.


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