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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 SheWas SheWas
49
T5
na hypnotoad1
80
T6
na ccbwc771
55
T1
na edaz
84
T6
na Caracortada
65
T6
na RNG
21
T3
na Vegard
80
T9
na toro913
71
T8
na SicilianClan SicilianClan
84
T8
na ColonelTigh
94
T8
na cantaloupe
83
T8
na Neonman 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 VivaLuis
90
T7
na aaronwhat aaronwhat
100
T10
na SomewhatItay
81
T8
na estragon
90
T9
na pzingg
90
T7
na IndyFilmFest IndyFilmFest
91
T8
na monoglot
70
T7
na caffe
74
T6
na sengir sengir
81
T8
na SaiSaiSai
78
T7
na rohan1987
100
T6
na bluesoul bluesoul
80
T7
na MedCityFlix MedCityFlix
51
T4
na octanoid77 octanoid77
100
T8
na vsls vsls
70
T7
na keskin keskin
81
T9
na djross djross
75
T9
na Abba Abba
92
T10
na RPMcMurphy
78
T9
na Ariaz Ariaz
70
T5
na screentime
81
T9
na Holygrail2
86
T5
na Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
78
T7
na dumbjaw dumbjaw
74
T9
na Dean_Franz 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 8½, 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 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 westknife westknife
86
T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
na TheDenizen TheDenizen
80
T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
na zmt311
72
T6
na stuie299 stuie299
90
T9
na Sinemaestro Amadeus
76
T9
na jdb361 jdb361
90
T8
na jbcobb
20
T1
na gleeb
75
T7
na Benad
81
T9
na kafka1325 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 Gody85 Gody85
75
T9
na cdalepirate
70
T7
na Kvist
77
T9
na Odradek Odradek
75
T6
na Visualice
75
T7
na ecalder ecalder
70
T8
na ZombieBuffet ZombieBuffet
75
T10
na postmodifier postmodifier
90
T9
na capodelnulla capodelnulla
79
T7
na Joan Of Arc
72
T7
na Bradyfan12
85
T6
na lukemanics lukemanics
80
T4
na MrOcean Mr.Ocean
80
T8
na akjn akjn
81
T9
na sebby 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 allisoncm allisoncm
60
T4
na gunesko gunesko
85
T9
na ChrissieCool
85
T8
na elmakebabi elmakebabi
75
T8
na mklitsch
75
T6
na rodoki_11
86
T9
na AntoniusB
55
T6
na TonythePony TonythePony
76
T7
na deadbill
98
T9
na tiagobdonoso
80
T5
na landsome landsome
80
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na gtrshow gtrshow
88
T9
na dharmabum dharmabum
86
T9
na pl_
75
T8
na Ivanhoe
80
T7
na Dery Dery
80
T9
na FitFortDanga MartinTeller
87
T9
na welike
30
T7
na dusticus dusticus
90
T7
na djfntstque
77
T7
na Dancon7
83
T9
na Ocelot Ocelot
75
T8
na djemba djemba
90
T10
na krhunt
65
T6
na Weafdog Weafdog
46
T9
na lolo
85
T8
na Sapphire
35
T2
na Spunkie 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 freakazoid
70
T6
na SickForay SickForay
85
T10
na b4con b4con
70
T3
na filmcricket
78
T9
na kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
80
T10
na DBibby DBibby
72
T5
na Freder Freder
60
T5
na Daffy6964 Daffy6964
84
T8
na digitalmonk
76
T6
na finney28
70
T7
na HPButtcraft HP_Buttcraft
80
T8
na Princezz Princezz
80
T8
na SirStuckey 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 Simon M.
84
T8
na ricko
85
T9
na mark83
7
T8
na filmaffinity filmaffinity
75
T10
na oskarhu oskarhu
82
T8
na nedrifle
80
T4
na themadelf66 themadelf66
79
T8
na billkerwin 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 mfl
77
T9
na permazorch permazorch
72
T4
na Gim
70
T2
na beyndthinfnt
74
T4
na Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
65
T5
na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76
T8
na Ronin21
84
T9
na Mirelurk Mirelurk
78
T8
na zomgmouse
80
T7
na fuckchops fuckchops
70
T6
na Whyte Nite
50
T2
na dkbritt85 dkbritt85
86
T8
na cblur21
67
T6
na rollsroyce
62
T5
na dabinich burakh
62
T4
na DougCollins DougCollins
70
T1
na bogancross
55
T7
na Liverpoole TarantinOle
86
T10
na lauratron lauratron
77
T7
na cusakfehn
1
T6
na TheDiceman TheDiceman
65
T8
Great film.
na jdnolla
85
T6
na ozymandius10 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 JangoB JangoB
89
T9
na burksta LB94
82
T8
na electriccafe electriccafe
80
T8
na mike615
87
T10
na serhat
92
T9
na Luk92 Luk92
85
T9
na imdb imdb
76
T9
na cinemahell cinema_hell
80
T7
na ozgurbakar ozgurbakar
70
T6
na Ercan Ercan
8
T9
na erwit
66
T5
na JasonKDarby
85
T9
na spikestone
85
T8
na blucthulhu
90
T10
na Bushyman
79
T7
na Zeno
76
T8
na vbm923
92
T6
na Stain 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 wizard81
74
T9
na winds winds
6
T8
na earthlydel
65
T3
na buser333 buser333
56
T6
na woodoo 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 jakncoke jakncoke
86
T9
na Jehan Jehan
80
T6
na cbennett
80
T9
na notchicago
77
T7
na moody_mehdi moody mehdi
91
T5
na JooJoo JooJoo
8
T10
na Octave Octave
78
T9
na Esmerodo Esmerodo
70
T5
na Antares Antares
62
T4
na pristina pristina
88
T8
na Idioteck
91
T10
na zex
96
T9
na camus camus
75
T9
na mohan mohan
97
T9
Excellent biography. Probably Dustin Hoffman's best. He really brings the character alive in front of you like no other.
na oaic
95
T8
na Barkinson
80
T10
na msignite msignite
93
T9
na Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
94
T10
na gorkiana
90
T8
na lippecesar lippecesar
88
T9
na Dally Dally
85
T8
na wetwillies 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 harter harter
60
T6
na Jerky Jerky
80
T10
na Bevo52
86
T8
na madiso madiso
80
T10
na wayofthegun wayofthegun
70
T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
na GordonBombay GordonBombay
91
T10
Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
na georgia_sam georgia sam
87
T9
na Fetsch
78
T9
na Diogoweb
80
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 onetwothree
60
T7
na donquixotic
0
T6
na wokelstein wokelstein
74
T6
na garbo garbo
90
T9
na DePalma
89
T10
na paul_r_13
87
T5
na Hailey
92
T9
na coltrane
3
T3
na hoolie
90
T8
na Plaza
8
T9
na babaracus babaracus
8
T6
na Grouchy Grouchy
90
T9
na ngebe
70
T8
na debaser1985
70
T6
na rant1229 rant1229
2
T3
na bizort
82
T9
na chiphall72
74
T7
na Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
60
T5
na bal3x bal3x
80
T9
na codpiece
90
T10
na fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
81
T4
na goodedward
70
T6
na Storchcom Storchcom
89
T8
na Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
85
T9
na Derekstar 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 Narst
68
T4
na Travisbickle Travisbickle
90
T8
na Exaybachay Exaybachay
92
T10
na kogepanic nosyparker
70
T7
na pyrosexual pyrosexual
80
T7
na Solid_Snake Solid Snake
68
T5
na Limdebois Limdebois
100
T10
na pomattovich
90
T8
na Moribunny 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 johnhuss
84
T7
na DougReese DougReese
80
T9
na Mine filmer
80
T5
na childintime childintime
85
T10
na CMQuinn CMQuinn
6
T4
na Ashby 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 roywalker roy_walker
100
T10
na SirRobbie SirRobbie
80
T8
na Warren Warren
85
T8
na JJ1986 JJ1986
20
T1
na BartonFink
6
T6
na dzawski
66
T3
na glumpy99 glumpy_99
99
T10
na ManInBlack ManInBlack
6
T5
na ianlarson
98
T8
na paulofilmo paulofilmo
73
T9
na Jebediah
94
T7
na drmike
80
T4
na mikeparasol
90
T9
na AAAutin AAAutin
83
T10
na rkosiba31
74
T7
na bob bob
71
T5
na mistercheech mistercheech
90
T9
Are there any niggers here tonight? One of the most insane stories imaginable.
na DalenQuaice Dalen_Quaice
60
T8
na rudolf55
91
T8
na acarolla
1
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