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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 onetwothree
60
T7
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 heandhishair
68
T7
A semi-decent film propped up by Hoffman's amazing performance.
na Bugsy89
70
T4
na Sapphire
35
T2
na Joan Of Arc
72
T7
na Darbicus
85
T10
na deadbill
98
T9
na paulofilmo
73
T9
na vbm923
92
T6
na Spunkie
70
T9
Blending stand-up into real life Lenny is a neat idea, it speeds up the pace. Since Fosse is an auteur with a few masterpieces, I was expecting more out of it.
na VivaLuis
90
T7
na TJ Ximenez
75
T5
na harter
60
T6
na oaic
95
T8
na volver
55
T4
na Freder
60
T5
na dharmabum
86
T9
na nosyparker
70
T7
na keskin
81
T9
na Ariaz
70
T5
na Johnny Logic
88
T10
na HP_Buttcraft
80
T8
na SaiSaiSai
78
T7
na Princezz
80
T8
na acarolla
1
T5
na Gody85
75
T9
na caffe
74
T6
na Cinemafan91
84
T9
na screentime
81
T9
na paul_r_13
87
T5
na roy_walker
100
T10
na sengir
81
T8
na bluesoul
80
T7
na ozymandius10
69
T6
By today's standards it'd be a pretty average biopic. It's funny how formulaic all of these "geniuses" are in the way that they lived their lives. Dustin Hoffman was great, and really salvaged an otherwise boring movie. Oh, and don't get me wrong, I'm not selling Lenny's influence short by any means.
na buser333
56
T6
na landsome
80
T8
na Rumplesink
65
T5
na drmike
80
T4
na hypnotoad1
80
T6
na cinema_hell
80
T7
na 5thHobbit
92
T8
na Gim
70
T2
na Simon M.
84
T8
na Diogoweb
80
T7
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 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 debaser1985
70
T6
na cdalepirate
70
T7
na WuGambino
80
T8
na Narst
68
T4
na RadioFreeLee
86
T8
na NightGoat72
70
T6
na hoolie
90
T8
na lippecesar
88
T9
na filmaffinity
75
T10
na dzawski
66
T3
na themadelf66
79
T7
na verbals
74
T5
na Benad
81
T9
na Carlospro
85
T9
na coltrane
3
T3
na SicilianClan
84
T8
na gunesko
85
T9
na Supecte
86
T9
na burakh
62
T4
na laika
80
T8
na Al Chambers
88
T6
na Dery
80
T9
na sirius
64
T3
na pomattovich
90
T8
na SomewhatItay
81
T8
na zex
96
T9
na bernardobrum
85
T7
na edaz
84
T6
na gtrshow
88
T9
na kangadoodoo
80
T10
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 Whyte Nite
50
T2
na Bushyman
79
T7
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na toytronicaz
80
T8
na JasonKDarby
85
T9
na lolo
85
T8
na Vasily
85
T9
na Storchcom
89
T8
na gleeb
75
T7
na bizort
82
T9
na Woody92
82
T3
na DavidKahane
70
T5
na mostafah
78
T8
na PaulSandell
70
T7
na Plaza
8
T9
na jakncoke
86
T9
na stuie299
90
T9
na poictesme
65
T9
na vsls
70
T7
na childintime
85
T10
na permazorch
72
T4
na madisalvador
80
T9
na wokelstein
74
T6
na Luk92
85
T9
na ecalder
70
T8
na chrisaugust
85
T9
na FutureCritic
83
T7
na negative
2
T6
na bogancross
55
T7
na djemba
90
T10
na Octave
78
T9
na pristina
88
T8
na JJ1986
20
T1
na SheWas
49
T5
na TonythePony
76
T7
na westknife
86
T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
na fabiovisnadi
86
T4
na djfntstque
77
T7
na allisoncm
60
T4
na pyrosexual
80
T7
na jwhite1979
88
T9
na avgcrtckr
73
T10
na jdnolla
85
T6
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 Exaybachay
92
T10
na dumbjaw
74
T9
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 supergloo
6
T4
na imdb
76
T9
na Christophilm
100
T10
na Daffy6964
84
T8
na ZombieBuffet
75
T10
na Amadeus
76
T9
na Ocelot
80
T8
na Grouchy
90
T9
na monoglot
70
T7
na johnhuss
84
T7
na Dancon7
83
T9
na estragon
90
T9
na rudolf55
91
T8
na AAAutin
83
T10
na FlorVdE
3
T7
na RPMcMurphy
78
T9
na codpiece
90
T10
na b4con
70
T3
na Evolution
82
T8
na SickForay
85
T10
na kyle.loomis
10
T10
na Dalen_Quaice
60
T8
na purity
1
T4
na Dally
85
T8
na bal3x
80
T9
na freakazoid
70
T6
na Bradyfan12
85
T6
na Duval Spit
81
T5
na captainjazz
80
T7
na ColonelTigh
94
T8
na woodoo
80
T5
Dustin is Dustin and Bob Fosse has an incredibly solid resume as a director, but this is still a biopic and is inevitably hurt by a well shot, well acted reenactment of one of Lenny's most famous bits.
na finney28
70
T7
na Jehan
80
T6
na Guernica
38
T4
na scanoni
70
T6
na Zoltan
75
T9
na Holygrail2
86
T5
na robixsmash
70
T6
na notchicago
77
T7
na DougCollins
70
T1
na akjn
81
T9
na fireplacer
75
T7
na schizotoast
70
T6
na caocao
73
T8
na Mr.Ocean
80
T8
na rollsroyce
62
T5
na Travisbickle
90
T8
na Vegard
80
T9
na TheDenizen
80
T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
na docpotato
95
T10
na tiagobdonoso
80
T5
na dusticus
90
T7
na Nolan
7
T7
na capodelnulla
79
T6
na DougReese
80
T9
na babaracus
8
T6
na Warren
85
T8
na msignite
93
T9
na Jack_Murphy
85
T9
na Hailey
92
T9
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 Crazy Jack
85
T9
na mikedemo
70
T6
na Abba
92
T10
na DancingP
85
T9
na Mechatigger
100
T10
Hoffman's bravura portrayal of the tortured, self-destructive, brilliantly inventive comic Lenny Bruce is enough of a reason to see this. The film uses material from Bruce's trials which are "performed" by Hoffman as part of his nightclub act.
na Ercan
8
T9
na toro913
71
T8
na camus
75
T9
na helfen419
82
T7
na madiso
80
T10
na by Devol
78
T6
na postmodifier
90
T9
na gwynplaine
75
T4
na ewp1994
90
T9
na BlueHeat
85
T9
na georgia sam
87
T9
na DePalma
89
T10
na Barkinson
80
T10
na ngebe
70
T8
na djross
75
T9
na Weafdog
46
T9
na rant1229
2
T3
na dkbritt85
86
T8
na nedrifle
80
T4
na Mirelurk
78
T8
na Ronin21
84
T9
na Deadmarsh
60
T5
na electriccafe
80
T8
na jeff_v
83
T10
na cblur21
67
T6
na blucthulhu
90
T10
na navid erfan
70
T6
na winds
6
T8
na cbennett
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 Lanhia
15
T1
na digitalmonk
76
T6
na DBibby
72
T5
na Jerky
80
T10
na gimmefiction
90
T10
na mark83
7
T8
na wizard81
74
T9
na pl_
75
T8
na MedCityFlix
51
T4
na Mine filmer
80
T5
na jdb361
90
T8
na IndyFilmFest
91
T8
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 Odradek
75
T6
na Pingy
96
T9
na FreddieQuell
95
T10
na Esmerodo
70
T5
na chiphall72
74
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 MartinTeller
87
T9
na JooJoo
8
T10
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na cusakfehn
1
T6
na coffee
79
T7
na octanoid77
100
T8
na elmakebabi
75
T8
na Scarface
70
T6
na Jebediah
94
T7
na wayofthegun
70
T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
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