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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 GordonBombay
91
T10
Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
na ewp1994
90
T9
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na keskin
81
T9
na PaulSandell
70
T7
na Whyte Nite
50
T2
na TheDenizen
80
T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
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 olimax
78
T6
na Amadeus
76
T9
na Odradek
75
T6
na NightGoat72
70
T6
na BlueHeat
85
T9
na imdb
76
T9
na zex
96
T9
na digitalmonk
76
T6
na kyle.loomis
10
T10
na screentime
81
T9
na coltrane
3
T3
na verbals
74
T5
na SomewhatItay
81
T8
na spikestone
85
T8
na nosyparker
70
T7
na cinema_hell
80
T7
na TJ Ximenez
75
T5
na bizort
82
T9
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 gittes
72
T7
na JJ1986
20
T1
na Exaybachay
92
T10
na MedCityFlix
51
T4
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 fuckchops
70
T6
na mostafah
78
T8
na Fetsch
78
T9
na by Devol
78
T6
na zmt311
72
T6
na jeff_v
83
T10
na djfntstque
77
T7
na bal3x
80
T9
na WuGambino
80
T8
na Nolan
7
T7
na wayofthegun
70
T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
na fabiovisnadi
86
T4
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 Idioteck
91
T10
na Jebediah
94
T7
na Christophilm
100
T10
na RNG
21
T3
na Al Chambers
88
T6
na beyndthinfnt
74
T4
na Ariaz
70
T5
na Vasily
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 supergloo
6
T4
na Wulf
70
T7
na dzawski
66
T3
na Ocelot
80
T8
na negative
2
T6
na ngebe
70
T8
na garbo
90
T9
na Narst
68
T4
na Dery
80
T9
na ianlarson
98
T8
na themadelf66
79
T7
na Freder
60
T5
na moody mehdi
91
T5
na Cinemafan91
84
T9
na mike615
87
T10
na blucthulhu
90
T10
na Orion16RUS
93
T10
na toro913
71
T8
na childintime
85
T10
na Simon M.
84
T8
na filmaffinity
75
T10
na gleeb
75
T7
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 TonythePony
76
T7
na Weafdog
46
T9
na jbcobb
20
T1
na cbennett
80
T9
na bluesoul
80
T7
na Lanhia
15
T1
na DougCollins
70
T1
na Mirelurk
78
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 camus
75
T9
na Sapphire
35
T2
na SicilianClan
84
T8
na Guernica
38
T4
na ecalder
70
T8
na dusticus
90
T7
na jdnolla
85
T6
na CMQuinn
6
T4
na burakh
62
T4
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 Warren
85
T8
na Grouchy
90
T9
na Abba
92
T10
na heandhishair
68
T7
A semi-decent film propped up by Hoffman's amazing performance.
na paul_r_13
87
T5
na jakncoke
86
T9
na FutureCritic
83
T7
na ColonelTigh
94
T8
na Travisbickle
90
T8
na eposus
70
T7
na mikedemo
70
T6
na TheDiceman
65
T8
Great film.
na notchicago
77
T7
na ManInBlack
6
T6
na poictesme
65
T9
na donquixotic
0
T6
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 Daffy6964
84
T8
na captainjazz
80
T7
na SickForay
85
T10
na TroyAnderson
74
T8
na dumbjaw
74
T9
na Darbicus
85
T10
na Joan Of Arc
72
T7
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 deadbill
98
T9
na wizard81
74
T9
na Octave
78
T9
na Limdebois
100
T10
na maborosi
60
T6
na Esmerodo
70
T5
na bob
71
T5
na JooJoo
8
T10
na Pingy
96
T9
na ChrissieCool
85
T8
na moeta2
83
T5
na Rumplesink
65
T5
na FreddieQuell
95
T10
na Dalen_Quaice
60
T8
na capodelnulla
79
T6
na dharmabum
86
T9
na aaronwhat
100
T10
na estragon
90
T9
na Gordon Cole
94
T10
na 5thHobbit
92
T8
na akjn
81
T9
na debaser1985
70
T6
na MartinTeller
87
T9
na IndyFilmFest
91
T8
na pristina
88
T8
na caffe
74
T6
na landsome
80
T8
na Plaza
8
T9
na Vegard
80
T9
na SirRobbie
80
T8
na jwhite1979
88
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 elmakebabi
75
T8
na Mine filmer
80
T5
na sirius
64
T3
na gunesko
85
T9
na SaiSaiSai
78
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 IMDb-byvotes
76
T8
na Zoltan
75
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.
na tiagobdonoso
80
T5
na kafka1325
71
T9
I do not know much about a life of Lenny Bruce, but the acting and all round formula how to make biography movie is here...
na DBibby
72
T5
na Deadmarsh
60
T5
na Luk92
85
T9
na Bushyman
79
T7
na Hailey
92
T9
na DougReese
80
T9
na gwynplaine
75
T4
na pzingg
90
T7
na volver
55
T4
na Jerky
80
T10
na Dancon7
83
T9
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na Storchcom
89
T8
na schizotoast
70
T6
na Supecte
86
T9
na helfen419
82
T7
na harter
60
T6
na wokelstein
74
T6
na AntoniusB
55
T6
na rant1229
2
T3
na RadioFreeLee
86
T8
na avgcrtckr
73
T10
na navid erfan
70
T6
na mikeparasol
90
T9
na babaracus
8
T6
na purity
1
T4
na gtrshow
88
T9
na Ivanhoe
80
T7
na hypnotoad1
80
T6
na lolo
85
T8
na ZombieBuffet
75
T10
na fireplacer
75
T7
na funkybusnss
50
T3
na winds
6
T8
na cantaloupe
83
T8
na DePalma
89
T10
na pl_
75
T8
na mistercheech
90
T9
Are there any niggers here tonight? One of the most insane stories imaginable.
na Mr.Ocean
80
T8
na gimmefiction
90
T10
na cblur21
67
T6
na Diogoweb
80
T7
na Ercan
8
T9
na georgia sam
87
T9
na rodoki_11
86
T9
na octanoid77
100
T8
na LB94
82
T8
na Dally
85
T8
na pomattovich
90
T8
na toytronicaz
80
T8
na kangadoodoo
80
T10
na filmcricket
78
T9
na Holygrail2
86
T5
na allisoncm
60
T4
na nedrifle
80
T4
na Princezz
80
T8
na roy_walker
100
T10
na SheWas
49
T5
na Madstone
88
T4
na robixsmash
70
T6
na mklitsch
75
T6
na ricko
85
T9
na rudolf55
91
T8
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 Visualice
75
T7
na pyrosexual
80
T7
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 laika
80
T8
na AAAutin
83
T10
na Jack_Murphy
85
T9
na coffee
79
T7
na docpotato
95
T10
na dchilton
95
T7
na DavidKahane
70
T5
na welike
30
T7
na cdalepirate
70
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 RPMcMurphy
78
T9
na Gim
70
T2
na chiphall72
74
T7
na MassiveDuck
80
T5
na Ronin21
84
T9
na westknife
86
T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
na oaic
95
T8
na rollsroyce
62
T5
na dkbritt85
86
T8
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