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Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)

Comedian Lenny Bruce struck a subversive chord in an era of change in America. After getting his start as a conventional stand-up comic, Bruce's increasingly iconoclastic act transformed ... See full summary »

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Robert B. Weide

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Robert B. Weide
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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Robert De Niro ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Steve Allen ... Self
Honey Bruce Friedman Honey Bruce Friedman ... Self
Kitty Bruce ... Self
Lenny Bruce ... Self (archive footage)
JoJo D'Amore JoJo D'Amore ... Self
John Dolan John Dolan ... Self
Martin Garbus Martin Garbus ... Self
Jackie Gayle ... Self
Nat Hentoff Nat Hentoff ... Self
Paul Krassner ... Self
Richard Kuh Richard Kuh ... Self
Sally Marr Sally Marr ... Self
Frank Ray Perilli ... Self (as Frankie Ray)
Maynard Sloate Maynard Sloate ... Self
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Comedian Lenny Bruce struck a subversive chord in an era of change in America. After getting his start as a conventional stand-up comic, Bruce's increasingly iconoclastic act transformed him into a leading figure of the 1960s counterculture. This is his story.

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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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Lenny (1974) is a fictionalization of the real life person also portrayed in works such as Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce' (1967), Looking for Lenny (2011), Lenny Bruce: Without Tears (1972), that is also mentioned as an influence in documentaries like Fuck (2005), Obscene (2007) and Hungry i reunion (1981). See more »

Connections

Features Broadway Open House: (1950-05) (1950) See more »

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It Never Entered My Mind
Performed by Miles Davis
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A great film about a great artist
20 August 2005 | by mphillips3925See all my reviews

That Lenny Bruce represents one of the most important cultural figures in the twentieth century can be verified by a scan of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" cover art. Lenny's there, honored by the Beatles as one of their chief inspirations. Modern-day-comedy, from Richard Pryor to Bill Hicks to any episode of "South Park" would be unimaginable if Bruce had not first blazed the trail. His bitter attacks on hypocritical moralism, segregation, and sexual double-standards were as far ahead of his comic contemporaries as James Joyce was ahead of his fellow novelists. This documentary is the best film on Lenny, even besting the excellent Dustin Hoffman biopic, which failed to capture Bruce's incredible wit. Robert DeNiro's voice-over provides a nice counterpoint to the comedy footage and the interviews are revealing. The editing is seamless, enhancing the intimate cinematography. Hopefully, this will soon be released on DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ленни Брюс: Клянусь говорить только правду See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,445, 25 October 1998

Gross USA:

$21,350
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