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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)

Genres: Drama, Biography

Country: USA

Directed By: Bob Fosse

Written By: Julian Barry

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck, Frankie Man, Rashel Novikoff

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Lenny belongs to 30 collections
1. boobs (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 39 stars)
2. Netflix Instant (public: moderated by somnivore - 26 stars)
3. Academy Award - Oscar - Best Picture and Nominees (public: moderated by smviper00 - 25 stars)
4. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
5. Adapted from a play/based on a play (public: moderated by djross - 10 stars)
7. Best of criticker: Drama (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 6 stars)
8. List: Taschen's Movies of the Decades (public: moderated by KasperL - 5 stars)
9. Biographical (public: moderated by Spunkie - 2 stars)
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11. Filmsite.org - Sex in the Movies, An Illustrated History (public: moderated by afx237vi - 2 stars)
12. Cannes 1975 Official Selection (public: moderated by djross - 1 star)
13. NBR Top 10 Films (public: moderated by xacviant - 1 star)
14. Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (public: moderated by Cuculiza)
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heandhishair
68T7
A semi-decent film propped up by Hoffman's amazing performance.
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
Evench
86T8
schizotoast schizotoast
70T6
landsome landsome
80T8
coffee coffee
79T7
thirdeye42
79T9
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80T7
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79T8
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60T4
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75T10
drmike
80T4
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85T9
freakazoid
70T6
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100T10
JangoB JangoB
89T9
mikeparasol
90T9
goodedward
70T7
DMCrimson DMCrimson
84T9
HPButtcraft HP_Buttcraft
80T8
edisontg777
81T5
Dancon7
83T9
dgeiser13
1T6
rootbeercirc
87T9
Liverpoole TarantinOle
86T10
rkosiba31
74T8
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99T10
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90T9
Idioteck
91T10
RavynLoony
79T10
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90T8
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80T8
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90T9
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20T1
Dery Dery
80T9
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80T8
zex
96T9
moeta2
83T5
Hailey
92T9
Jerky Jerky
80T10
Nolan Nolan
7T6
Ivanhoe
80T7
FlashCallaha
60T4
filmcricket
78T9
sebby sebby
65T5
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.
Warren Warren
85T8
Jack_Murphy
85T9
howleyt
80T6
FitFortDanga MartinTeller
87T9
wayofthegun wayofthegun
70T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
eposus eposus
70T7
childintime childintime
85T10
GarthLandow
80T5
Dean_Franz Dean Franz
95T10
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.
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
80T10
Oktay Oktay
80T8
Evolution Evolution
82T8
gwynplaine gwynplaine
75T4
firebirdekb
75T8
Solid_Snake Solid Snake
70T5
ccbwc771
27T1
Gody85 Gody85
75T9
jakncoke jakncoke
86T9
Kitano7 Kitano7
95T10
chiphall72
71T6
lesintrigant lesintrigant
80T9
Mirelurk Mirelurk
78T8
spikestone
85T8
bogancross
55T7
svenerik svenerik
65T3
Ercan Ercan
8T9
Barkinson
80T10
Neonman Neonman
92T10
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.
Supecte
83T9
billkerwin billkerwin
84T7
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.
volver
55T4
fuckchops fuckchops
70T6
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50T3
zmt311 zmt311
72T6
ChrissieCool
85T8
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85T6
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86T9
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70T3
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86T8
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chrisaugust
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Sinemaestro Amadeus
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Kvist
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MariaMa
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Madstone
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Narst
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dzawski
66T3
by_Devol by Devol
78T6
akjn akjn
81T9
Hakuna92
100T10
FlorVdE
3T7
ozymandius10 ozymandius10
69T6
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.
MassiveDuck
80T5
Guernica Guernica
38T4
estragon
90T9
Sapphire
35T2
beyndthinfnt
74T4
TJ Ximenez
75T5
paulofilmo paulofilmo
73T9
moodeuce
70T6
Pingy
96T9
kafka1325 kafka1325
71T9
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...
babaracus babaracus
8T7
elmakebabi elmakebabi
75T8
Marcastro
75T4
madisalvador madisalvador
80T9
Scarface Scarface
70T6
Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
94T10
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71T5
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70T8
Phil_Clowns Phil Clowns
82T9
DocBrowne
94T10
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81T5
Odradek Odradek
75T6
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Travisbickle Travisbickle
90T8
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70T6
digitalmonk
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70T7
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72T10
dabinich burakh
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monoglot
70T7
Plaza
8T9
rant1229 rant1229
2T3
SirStuckey SirStuckey
80T8
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.
JooJoo JooJoo
8T10
FutureCritic FutureCritic
83T7
mikedemo
70T6
westknife westknife
86T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
dchilton
95T7
Antares Antares
62T4
kakivsjok kakivsjok
80T7
olimax
78T6
VivaLuis
90T7
preppy-3
90T9
pristina pristina
88T8
jwhite1979
88T9
Timon88 Timon88
73T7
Dustin Hoffman does his usual good job, but all involved try to make Lenny Bruce just a bit too... noble, for lack of a better word. Bad plan.
Wulf
70T7
5thHobbit
92T8
cinemahell cinema_hell
80T7
DougieD
85T7
A well-made biopic with great cinematography and acting. Did a good job of showing the life of a controversial comic.
captainjazz captainjazz
80T7
Grouchy Grouchy
90T9
welike
30T7
Cinemafan91
84T9
helfen419 helfen419
82T7
woodoo woodoo
80T5
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.
DougReese DougReese
80T9
muratkrks muratkrks
70T6
verbals verbals
74T5
TheDiceman TheDiceman
65T8
Great film.
cusakfehn
1T6
Freder Freder
60T5
PaulSandell
70T7
DavidKahane DavidKahane
70T5
erwit
66T5
intelearts
70T5
deadbill
98T9
Dally Dally
85T8
Holygrail2
86T5
hsncomert hsncomert
70T8
cbennett
80T9
Fifien Fifien
85T10
Bushyman
79T7
DBibby DBibby
72T5
Vasily
85T9
angela79at
70T8
TheDenizen TheDenizen
80T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
jbcobb
20T1
Spunkie Spunkie
70T9
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.
Christophilm
100T10
mohan mohan
97T9
Excellent biography. Probably Dustin Hoffman's best. He really brings the character alive in front of you like no other.
burksta LB94
82T8
ColonelTigh
94T8
sengir sengir
81T8
Gim
70T2
serhat
92T9
aaronwhat aaronwhat
100T10
BartonFink
6T6
georgia_sam georgia sam
87T9
rollsroyce
62T5
purity
1T4
DePalma
89T10
Ariaz Ariaz
70T5
adamja
78T9
Lionel Hutz
76T5
SaiSaiSai
78T7
capodelnulla capodelnulla
79T7
alexlma alexlma
8T8
AAAutin AAAutin
81T10
te18 te18
4T2
cantaloupe
83T8
SirRobbie SirRobbie
80T9
harter harter
60T6
imdb imdb
76T9
pomattovich
90T8
10kfilms
93T9
Carlospro Carlospro
85T9
Visualice
75T7
djfntstque
77T7
msignite msignite
93T9
SheWas SheWas
49T5
toro913
71T8
GordonBombay GordonBombay
91T10
Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
gtrshow gtrshow
88T9
robixsmash
70T6
Sane
71T6
poictesme poictesme
65T9
SomewhatItay
81T8
onetwothree
60T7
hoolie
90T8
TroyAnderson
74T8
MrOcean Mr.Ocean
80T8
rohan1987
100T6
Octave Octave
78T9
caffe
74T6
Yiannos Yiannos
72T7
Contemporary criticism asserts this is a standard biopic: that's nonsense. The endless temporal shifts, multiple subject perspectives and the flagrant, arguably damaging, use of ellipsis places Lenny firmly outside of genre norms. Moreover, it is an actual character study which is fascinated by the way his self destructive impulses tragically informed his art and led to his early demise. Hoffman is great, but the Bergmanesque docu-drama elements seem contrived and ill fitting.
AntoniusB
55T6
zetes
100T10
SnoopyStyle
80T9
madiso madiso
80T10
Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
85T9
lauratron lauratron
77T7
dusticus dusticus
90T7
blucthulhu
90T10
acarolla
1T5
Mechatigger
100T10
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.
lippecesar lippecesar
88T9
CMQuinn CMQuinn
6T4
Ocelot Ocelot
70T8
cblur21
67T6
gittes
72T7
mostafah
78T8
fireplacer
75T7
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