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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 PaulSandell
70
T7
na Mirelurk
78
T8
na gimmefiction
90
T10
na purity
1
T4
na bernardobrum
85
T7
na SirRobbie
80
T8
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 Ercan
8
T9
na djross
75
T9
na Gody85
75
T9
na caocao
73
T8
na coffee
79
T7
na zex
96
T9
na toytronicaz
80
T8
na ZombieBuffet
75
T10
na filmcricket
78
T9
na chiphall72
74
T7
na paul_r_13
87
T5
na bob
71
T5
na landsome
80
T8
na maborosi
60
T6
na djemba
90
T10
na chrisaugust
85
T9
na hypnotoad1
80
T6
na Esmerodo
70
T5
na keskin
81
T9
na ozgurbakar
70
T6
na lauratron
77
T7
na TonythePony
76
T7
na Travisbickle
90
T8
na robixsmash
70
T6
na jeff_v
83
T10
na Joan Of Arc
72
T7
na Bugsy89
70
T4
na helfen419
82
T7
na Dancon7
83
T9
na drmike
80
T4
na scanoni
70
T6
na avgcrtckr
73
T10
na Amadeus
76
T9
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 svenerik
65
T3
na krhunt
65
T6
na Evolution
82
T8
na xanderbisc
60
T6
na harter
60
T6
na dkbritt85
86
T8
na captainjazz
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 mohan
97
T9
Excellent biography. Probably Dustin Hoffman's best. He really brings the character alive in front of you like no other.
na coltrane
3
T3
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 Warren
85
T8
na tiagobdonoso
80
T5
na TJ Ximenez
75
T5
na madiso
80
T10
na serhat
92
T9
na laika
80
T8
na hoolie
90
T8
na edaz
84
T6
na FutureCritic
83
T7
na Plaza
8
T9
na vsls
70
T7
na DancingP
85
T9
na cinema_hell
80
T7
na msignite
93
T9
na Ivanhoe
80
T7
na fabiovisnadi
86
T4
na Luk92
85
T9
na DBibby
72
T5
na poictesme
65
T9
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 Simon M.
84
T8
na elmakebabi
75
T8
na Ronin21
84
T9
na mikedemo
70
T6
na eposus
70
T7
na blucthulhu
90
T10
na garbo
90
T9
na FlorVdE
3
T7
na DePalma
89
T10
na paulofilmo
73
T9
na rodoki_11
86
T9
na verbals
74
T5
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na Sapphire
35
T2
na mikeparasol
90
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 ewp1994
90
T9
na Guernica
38
T4
na JasonKDarby
85
T9
na stuie299
90
T9
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na buser333
56
T6
na Daffy6964
84
T8
na rudolf55
91
T8
na Supecte
86
T9
na Dalen_Quaice
60
T8
na RPMcMurphy
78
T9
na jdnolla
85
T6
na DougCollins
70
T1
na dzawski
66
T3
na pzingg
90
T7
na Vasily
85
T9
na Gordon Cole
94
T10
na muratkrks
76
T7
na Zeno
76
T8
na dusticus
90
T7
na Pingy
96
T9
na Mr.Ocean
80
T8
na mklitsch
75
T6
na madisalvador
80
T9
na Princezz
80
T8
na ngebe
70
T8
na rant1229
2
T3
na Bushyman
79
T7
na CMQuinn
6
T4
na TheDiceman
65
T8
Great film.
na dgeiser13
1
T6
na Al Chambers
88
T6
na georgia sam
87
T9
na wayofthegun
70
T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
na gunesko
85
T9
na acarolla
1
T5
na onetwothree
60
T7
na wizard81
74
T9
na jakncoke
86
T9
na Jack_Murphy
85
T9
na westknife
86
T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
na Lanhia
15
T1
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 AAAutin
83
T10
na Storchcom
89
T8
na Dery
80
T9
na docpotato
95
T10
na ColonelTigh
94
T8
na allisoncm
60
T4
na IndyFilmFest
91
T8
na Benad
81
T9
na glumpy_99
99
T10
na MartinTeller
87
T9
na vbm923
92
T6
na Duval Spit
81
T5
na gwynplaine
75
T4
na Freder
60
T5
na akjn
81
T9
na Nolan
7
T7
na Idioteck
91
T10
na heandhishair
68
T7
A semi-decent film propped up by Hoffman's amazing performance.
na Weafdog
46
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 mistercheech
90
T9
Are there any niggers here tonight? One of the most insane stories imaginable.
na jwhite1979
88
T9
na earthlydel
65
T3
na postmodifier
90
T9
na schizotoast
70
T6
na MassiveDuck
80
T5
na LB94
82
T8
na dchilton
95
T7
na Jerky
80
T10
na GordonBombay
91
T10
Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
na pl_
75
T8
na spikestone
85
T8
na IMDb-byvotes
76
T8
na SickForay
85
T10
na JJ1986
20
T1
na toro913
71
T8
na DougReese
80
T9
na TheDenizen
80
T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
na bal3x
80
T9
na SheWas
49
T5
na cdalepirate
70
T7
na nosyparker
70
T7
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 capodelnulla
79
T6
na electriccafe
80
T8
na jbcobb
20
T1
na Zoltan
75
T9
na Bevo52
86
T8
na lippecesar
88
T9
na Exaybachay
92
T10
na filmaffinity
75
T10
na Bradyfan12
85
T6
na Deadmarsh
60
T5
na oaic
95
T8
na octanoid77
100
T8
na donquixotic
0
T6
na Gim
70
T2
na Woody92
82
T3
na Diogoweb
80
T7
na HP_Buttcraft
80
T8
na MedCityFlix
51
T4
na Darbicus
85
T10
na ianlarson
98
T8
na camus
75
T9
na navid erfan
70
T6
na winds
6
T8
na JangoB
89
T9
na nedrifle
80
T4
na estragon
90
T9
na Mine filmer
80
T5
na sengir
81
T8
na Solid Snake
68
T5
na Christophilm
100
T10
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 oskarhu
82
T8
na Ocelot
80
T8
na babaracus
8
T6
na gittes
72
T7
na aaronwhat
100
T10
na beyndthinfnt
74
T4
na 5thHobbit
92
T8
na Octave
78
T9
na wokelstein
74
T6
na moeta2
83
T5
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 mark83
7
T8
na bizort
82
T9
na jdb361
90
T8
na angela79at
70
T8
na RNG
21
T3
na Dally
85
T8
na Vegard
80
T9
na b4con
70
T3
na Visualice
75
T7
na ManInBlack
6
T6
na mostafah
78
T8
na deadbill
98
T9
na erwit
66
T5
na supergloo
6
T4
na imdb
76
T9
na Scarface
70
T6
na mike615
87
T10
na Jebediah
94
T7
na bogancross
55
T7
na themadelf66
79
T7
na ecalder
70
T8
na cbennett
80
T9
na finney28
70
T7
na SomewhatItay
81
T8
na permazorch
72
T4
na digitalmonk
76
T6
na pristina
88
T8
na Whyte Nite
50
T2
na BartonFink
6
T6
na BlueHeat
85
T9
na gtrshow
88
T9
na Hailey
92
T9
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.
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