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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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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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This is a MUST SEE! (for everyone)
9 February 2005 | by (east side) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary right after it came on HBO, for the first time (8yr. or so ago). For those who are not familiar with Lenny Bruce, this film is a must to see. I have to say the same for those who know of Lenny (like if you have read "How to Talk Dirty and Influence People", or whatever). Though if you don't have that book, (this is to everyone) please buy it.

Back to the film, I think that this documentary is one of the best of it's time (later 90's). This is a great depiction of his life, and basically the sacrifices that he was confronted with. I have to applaud Robert Weide for this work. As a filmmaker he truly (though a true fan of Lenny), remained realistic without bias. To top it off Robert De Nero is the narrator.

The only thing else I can say is, "we should all be thankful that we had a Lenny Bruce, for if not for him we would not have the great performers we have today".

(Please Watch this Film if you can / and Don't Forget the BOOK!)


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