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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 ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Steve Allen ... Himself
Honey Bruce Friedman Honey Bruce Friedman ... Herself
Kitty Bruce Kitty Bruce ... Herself
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)
JoJo D'Amore JoJo D'Amore ... Himself
John Dolan John Dolan ... Himself
Martin Garbus Martin Garbus ... Himself
Jackie Gayle Jackie Gayle ... Himself
Nat Hentoff Nat Hentoff ... Himself
Paul Krassner Paul Krassner ... Himself
Richard Kuh Richard Kuh ... Himself
Sally Marr Sally Marr ... Herself
Frank Ray Perilli ... Himself (as Frankie Ray)
Maynard Sloate Maynard Sloate ... Himself
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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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,445, 25 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,350, 25 October 1998
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Stereo
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This Oscar-nominated documentary was 12 years in the making. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999) See more »

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Busted
Performed by Ray Charles
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This is a MUST SEE! (for everyone)
9 February 2005 | by MrAwesome79See 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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