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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Steve Allen ... Himself
Honey Bruce Friedman Honey Bruce Friedman ... Herself
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 ... Himself
Nat Hentoff Nat Hentoff ... Himself
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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Storyline

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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Country:

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

Gross USA:

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

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

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Theme from 'A Summer Place'
Performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
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An incredible documentary on a fascinating comedian.
13 May 1999 | by rlynnwSee all my reviews

This film should not be missed by any Lenny Bruce fans. The incredible archival footage collected here is second to none. The narration is used sparingly to knit the interviews into a seamless presentation of the troubled life of Lenny Bruce.

The amount of time and effort that went into this documentary is readily apparent, and well worth it. A must see.

If you know who Lenny Bruce is, this film will give you incredible insights into his life and personality from the people who knew him intimately.

If you've never heard of Lenny Bruce, prepare to be turned on to a truly unique comic genius.


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