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Lenny (1974)
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Summary: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public. (imdb)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Directed By: Bob Fosse
Written By: Julian Barry
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na MassiveDuck
80
T5
na donquixotic
0
T6
na robixsmash
70
T6
na ecalder
70
T8
na gimmefiction
90
T10
na gtrshow
88
T9
na SirRobbie
80
T8
na sebby
65
T5
There's a great little moment that is seemingly apropos of nothing where Hoffman soundlessly and happily runs down a hallway, jumps in the air, clicks his heels, struts and raps on a hotel door. Blink and you miss it. These little transient moments in Lenny are the ones I remember, whereas the meaty bits of the biopic are actually quite forgettable. To be honest, I'm not sure where that leaves the film in the end, so, um, I'll just give it a "65" and leave it at that.
na Fetsch
78
T9
na Octave
78
T9
na wayofthegun
70
T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
na postmodifier
90
T9
na Orion16RUS
93
T10
na Barkinson
80
T10
na edaz
84
T6
na digitalmonk
76
T6
na Stain
80
T7
Good drama about an outrageous comedian. And of course I'm a sucker for modern movies made in black and white
na jbcobb
20
T1
na Cinemafan91
84
T9
na screentime
81
T9
na TJ Ximenez
75
T5
na burakh
62
T4
na ianlarson
98
T8
na mikedemo
70
T6
na Odradek
75
T6
na Ariaz
70
T5
na Scarface
70
T6
na SomewhatItay
81
T8
na Bushyman
79
T7
na dgeiser13
1
T6
na DougReese
80
T9
na SirStuckey
80
T8
An intriguing movie that has some of the most impressive use of sound editing I've ever seen/heard with Fosse masterfully weaving together stand-up monologues and interviews within the storyline. Hoffman is great as Lenny and Valerie Perrine does a good job as his wife. Well worth a watch.
na ManInBlack
6
T6
na JJ1986
20
T1
na fabiovisnadi
86
T4
na IMDb-byvotes
76
T8
na dkbritt85
86
T8
na Dery
80
T9
na fireplacer
75
T7
na Madstone
88
T4
na DBibby
72
T5
na jdb361
90
T8
na jdnolla
85
T6
na glumpy_99
99
T10
na mikeparasol
90
T9
na ChrissieCool
85
T8
na oskarhu
82
T8
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na imdb
76
T9
na Freder
60
T5
na Nolan
7
T7
na RPMcMurphy
78
T9
na wetwillies
95
T9
At times moving, at others hilarious and ultimately very tragic, Lenny is, to put it simply, a beautiful film. This is now one of my favorite Dustin Hoffman performances and the black and white visual is simple stunning. This movie is criminally underseen.
na jakncoke
86
T9
na TheDenizen
80
T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
na westknife
86
T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
na toro913
71
T7
na Jebediah
94
T7
na b4con
70
T3
na Antares
62
T4
na buser333
56
T6
na harter
60
T6
na Visualice
75
T7
na Dally
85
T8
na garbo
90
T9
na Joan Of Arc
72
T7
na bluesoul
80
T7
na Holygrail2
86
T5
na madiso
80
T10
na DougCollins
70
T1
na sirius
64
T3
na camus
75
T9
na negative
2
T6
na filmaffinity
75
T10
na 5thHobbit
92
T8
na olimax
78
T6
na HP_Buttcraft
80
T8
na djfntstque
77
T7
na Wulf
70
T7
na ricko
85
T9
na Mine filmer
80
T5
na themadelf66
79
T7
na by Devol
78
T6
na Ronin21
84
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na permazorch
72
T4
na schizotoast
70
T6
na kyle.loomis
10
T10
na dusticus
90
T7
na BlueHeat
85
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na electriccafe
80
T8
na vbm923
92
T6
na madisalvador
80
T9
na RadioFreeLee
86
T8
na mohan
97
T9
Excellent biography. Probably Dustin Hoffman's best. He really brings the character alive in front of you like no other.
na codpiece
90
T10
na Gody85
75
T9
na billkerwin
84
T7
Hoffman is very good here, and the black and white photography is beautiful, but like most biopics this falls short of being a really good movie. Some nice directorial touches from Fosse.
na georgia sam
87
T9
na Vegard
80
T9
na IndyFilmFest
91
T8
na monoglot
70
T7
na ngebe
70
T8
na moody mehdi
91
T5
na coffee
79
T7
na Dean Franz
95
T10
On the surface, just another warts-and-all biopic, but its made with such creative flair and acted with such passion that it becomes irresistable. Bruce's legacy speaks for itself of course, and yet the movie still manages to seem invaluable. Surtees' beautiful black and white cinematography and the films showbiz trappings echoes 8, but whereas that film was about survival, love, life and art, Lenny is a film of decay, misery, death and art. Guess which one I prefer.
na purity
1
T4
na Storchcom
89
T8
na FlorVdE
3
T7
na Esmerodo
70
T5
na xacviant
84
T7
Bob Fosse's Lenny Bruce biopic feels like the last film of the 60s: the editing and semi-documentary touches all evoke that era, and as a piece of filmmaking, it's arguably more visceral and memorable than Fosse's CABARET. The script is a bit less successful, in that we view Lenny mostly through other people's eyes--an interesting choice that nevertheless distances us from him. But Dustin Hoffman throws himself fully into the role, and Valerie Perrine is fantastic as his self-destructive wife.
na djemba
90
T10
na welike
30
T7
na Sapphire
35
T2
na paulofilmo
73
T9
na zmt311
72
T6
na bernardobrum
85
T7
na Zeno
76
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na fuckchops
70
T6
na TonythePony
76
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na Evolution
82
T8
na mike615
87
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na dchilton
95
T7
na Jehan
80
T6
na Luk92
85
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na cusakfehn
1
T6
na nedrifle
80
T4
na scanoni
70
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na ewp1994
90
T9
na wokelstein
74
T6
na vsls
70
T7
na spikestone
85
T8
na FutureCritic
83
T7
na GordonBombay
91
T10
Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
na AntoniusB
55
T6
na rollsroyce
62
T5
na Plaza
8
T9
na babaracus
75
T6
na bob
71
T5
na Christophilm
100
T10
na pristina
88
T8
na mistercheech
90
T9
Are there any niggers here tonight? One of the most insane stories imaginable.
na akjn
81
T9
na ColonelTigh
94
T8
na gwynplaine
75
T4
na Limdebois
100
T10
na caocao
73
T8
na gleeb
75
T7
na bal3x
80
T9
na Amadeus
76
T9
na LB94
82
T8
na rodoki_11
86
T9
na earthlydel
65
T3
na chrisaugust
85
T9
na Carlospro
85
T9
na hypnotoad1
80
T6
na DougieD
85
T7
A well-made biopic with great cinematography and acting. Did a good job of showing the life of a controversial comic.
na Travisbickle
90
T8
na RNG
21
T3
na oaic
95
T8
na VivaLuis
90
T7
na Lanhia
15
T1
na rudolf55
91
T8
na navid erfan
70
T6
na Ashby
79
T6
This movie is all about Dustin Hoffman's performance as Lenny Bruce. The movie is really slow at times and takes too much time indulging itself in seemingly needless stuff. Also the detoriation of Bruce goes so fast that we barely get any character development whatsoever. I know it's based on real-life, but still I believe it could have been done better. If you're a fan of Hoffmann or Lenny Bruce, it's worth a watch, but it's not really really that great a movie compared to it's contemporaries.
na Ivanhoe
80
T7
na Al Chambers
88
T6
na msignite
93
T9
na drmike
80
T4
na bizort
82
T9
na Princezz
80
T8
na debaser1985
70
T6
na docpotato
95
T10
na Darbicus
85
T10
na SaiSaiSai
78
T7
na mark83
7
T8
na funkybusnss
50
T3
na supergloo
6
T4
na SickForay
80
T8
na muratkrks
76
T7
na dharmabum
86
T9
na Ercan
8
T9
na avgcrtckr
72
T9
na Weafdog
46
T8
na moeta2
83
T5
na MartinTeller
87
T9
na Narst
68
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na Derekstar
70
T6
First, I would submit this as exhibit E proving that Dustin Hoffman is one of the greatest living actors. Second, I would submit this as exhibit HH proving that a great actor can only elevate a film so much.
na Rumplesink
65
T5
na NightGoat72
70
T6
na winds
6
T8
na Gordon Cole
94
T10
na sengir
81
T8
na SheWas
49
T5
na mklitsch
75
T6
na Ocelot
80
T8
na keskin
81
T9
na tiagobdonoso
80
T5
na deadbill
98
T9
na DMCrimson
84
T9
na Grouchy
90
T9
na WuGambino
80
T8
na Dancon7
83
T9
na caffe
74
T6
na capodelnulla
79
T6
na Neonman
92
T10
Hoffman totally encompasses main man Lenny Bruce, both his on-stage presence and his off-stage battles. It's amazingly inspiring to see this man defend his rights to say "tits", "ass", and "cocksucker" until it took away absolutely everything away from him. If you don't think stand-up comedy is one of the purest forms of art, then you need to see this film.
na DePalma
89
T10
na Warren
85
T8
na zex
96
T9
na mostafah
78
T8
na Bugsy89
70
T4
na octanoid77
100
T8
na volver
55
T4
na Supecte
86
T9
na verbals
74
T5
na freakazoid
70
T6
na Zoltan
100
T10
na pzingg
90
T7
na helfen419
82
T7
na gorkiana
90
T8
na bogancross
55
T7
na rant1229
2
T3
na eposus
70
T7
na toytronicaz
80
T8
na childintime
85
T10
na Dalen_Quaice
60
T8
na FreddieQuell
95
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na Gim
70
T2
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na djross
75
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na jwhite1979
88
T9
na Moribunny
73
T8
Fosse's rhythmic directing, Bruce Surtees' rugged but aesthetic cinematography, Hoffman's performance, very good all around. I liked this movie, the character and the messages a little bit better than I ever liked Lenny Bruce's act, somehow.
na ZombieBuffet
75
T10
na cbennett
80
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na Woody92
82
T3
na DancingP
85
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na laika
80
T8
na Bevo52
86
T8
na poictesme
65
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na cinema_hell
80
T7
na serhat
92
T9
na dzawski
66
T3
na cblur21
67
T6
na aaronwhat
100
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na Simon M.
84
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na Guernica
38
T4
na landsome
80
T8
na krhunt
65
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na hoolie
90
T8
na kangadoodoo
80
T10
na Daffy6964
84
T8
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