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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 27 collections
1. boobs (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 40 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 - 16 stars)
5. Adapted from a play/based on a play (public: moderated by djross - 11 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)
10. Naked Female Dancing (your public collection - 2 stars) | remove from collection
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)
15. Moviedrome: Alex Cox (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
16. About comedy and/or comedians (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
17. Djross best true story feature films (private: djross - 2 stars)
18. Ignored Films (your private collection) | remove from collection
19. Filmspotting Ratings Project: Week 21 (private: PeaceAnarchy)
21. Rated (private: giska)
22. Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies (private: coldesser)


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msignite msignite
93T9
mistercheech mistercheech
90T9
Are there any niggers here tonight? One of the most insane stories imaginable.
earthlydel
65T3
zetes
100T10
Abba Abba
92T10
5thHobbit
92T8
electriccafe electriccafe
80T8
allisoncm allisoncm
60T4
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.
Mirelurk Mirelurk
78T8
themadelf66 themadelf66
79T8
Joan Of Arc
72T7
oskarhu oskarhu
82T8
toytronicaz
80T8
Vansteph Vansteph
71T3
DalenQuaice Dalen_Quaice
60T8
jeffv jeff_v
83T10
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.
pomattovich
90T8
garbo garbo
90T9
thirdeye42
79T9
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
Benad
81T9
pyrosexual pyrosexual
80T7
djross djross
75T9
acarolla
1T5
Moses77
9T9
ohjim86
81T6
dkbritt85 dkbritt85
86T8
krhunt
65T6
mfl
77T10
heandhishair
68T7
A semi-decent film propped up by Hoffman's amazing performance.
wetwillies wetwillies
95T9
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.
Sapphire
35T2
vsls vsls
70T7
fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
81T3
DocBrowne
94T10
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
80T10
ewp1994
90T9
johnhuss
84T7
phoBos42
90T8
Luk92 Luk92
85T9
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82T8
drmike
80T4
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90T10
WuGambino WuGambino
80T8
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77T8
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81T9
bluesoul bluesoul
80T7
cankutto
78T8
djemba djemba
90T10
cantaloupe
83T8
TheDenizen TheDenizen
80T9
Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
moeta2
83T5
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76T8
RPMcMurphy
78T9
cat9man cat9man
70T4
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56T6
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70T6
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70T3
leopetolat
69T6
Evench
86T8
IndyFilmFest IndyFilmFest
91T8
Freder Freder
60T5
lolo
85T8
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.
hypnotoad1
80T6
ccbwc771
27T1
JooJoo JooJoo
8T10
landsome landsome
80T8
welike
30T7
spikestone
85T8
Stain Stain
80T7
Good drama about an outrageous comedian. And of course I'm a sucker for modern movies made in black and white
kakivsjok kakivsjok
80T7
Limdebois Limdebois
100T10
Bradyfan12
85T6
Wulf
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ngebe
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kyleloomis kyle.loomis
10T10
Pingy
96T9
notchicago
77T7
dusticus dusticus
90T7
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.
Orion16RUS
93T10
by_Devol by Devol
78T6
wayofthegun wayofthegun
70T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
HPButtcraft HP_Buttcraft
80T8
Kitano7 Kitano7
95T10
lippecesar lippecesar
88T9
freakazoid
70T6
zex
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mklitsch
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Christophilm
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Phil_Clowns Phil Clowns
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Carlospro Carlospro
85T9
SickForay SickForay
85T10
Johnny Logic
88T10
Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
60T4
cbennett
80T9
firebirdekb
75T8
Moribunny Moribunny
73T8
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.
childintime childintime
85T10
ladyspiggott ladyspiggott
86T9
xacviant
84T8
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.
ferguson
60T4
Octave Octave
78T9
dabinich burakh
62T4
rkosiba31
74T8
KasperL KasperL
70T7
Very well put together. And a memorable performance from Dustin Hoffman.
VivaLuis
90T7
Visualice
75T7
Exaybachay Exaybachay
92T10
onetwothree
60T7
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.
Vegard
80T9
Oktay Oktay
80T8
muratkrks muratkrks
70T6
SicilianClan SicilianClan
84T8
TroyAnderson
74T8
FitFortDanga MartinTeller
87T9
DMCrimson DMCrimson
84T9
erwit
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Warren Warren
85T8
PaulSandell
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85T9
Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
94T10
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73T8
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finney28
70T7
Zoltan Zoltan
75T9
maborosi maborosi
60T6
MEHRANAFSHAR
73T5
captainjazz captainjazz
80T7
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.
Grouchy Grouchy
90T9
gorkiana
90T8
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.
toro913
71T8
FutureCritic FutureCritic
83T7
jakncoke jakncoke
86T9
funkybusnss funkybusnss
50T3
SaiSaiSai
78T7
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
72T10
mike615
87T10
Fifien Fifien
85T10
negative
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Jebediah
94T7
tiagobdonoso
80T5
Niska Niska
29T4
eposus eposus
70T7
Zeno
76T8
DePalma
89T10
beyndthinfnt
74T4
cdalepirate
70T7
chiphall72
71T6
Liverpoole TarantinOle
86T10
Fetsch
78T9
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95T10
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65T9
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80T7
kogepanic nosyparker
70T7
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70T7
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62T4
Ariaz Ariaz
70T5
rodoki_11
86T9
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55T7
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90T9
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64T3
RavynLoony
79T10
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79T7
Dery Dery
80T9
Caracortada
65T8
Emrah1968 Emrah1968
100T10
Barkinson
80T10
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.
Bevo52 Bevo52
86T8
ozgurbakar ozgurbakar
70T6
ChrissieCool
85T8
Derekstar Derekstar
70T6
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.
dzawski
66T3
Madstone
88T4
goodedward
70T7
capodelnulla capodelnulla
79T7
xanderbisc xanderbisc
70T9
paul_r_13
87T5
hoolie
90T8
Travisbickle Travisbickle
90T8
alexlma alexlma
8T8
MrOcean Mr.Ocean
80T8
helfen419 helfen419
82T7
AAAutin AAAutin
81T10
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.
DancingP
85T10
AntoniusB
55T6
fireplacer
75T7
Jack_Murphy
85T9
debaser1985
70T6
moody_mehdi moody mehdi
91T5
gittes
72T7
Jerky Jerky
80T10
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71T6
Ronin21
84T9
stuie299 stuie299
90T9
MassiveDuck
80T5
Whyte Nite
50T2
Solid_Snake Solid Snake
70T5
serhat
92T9
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70T6
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71T5
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86T8
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8T7
Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
65T5
rootbeercirc
87T9
sirphibes sirphibes
82T9
GarthLandow
80T5
robixsmash
70T6
Ashby Ashby
79T6
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.
madiso madiso
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MariaMa
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mostafah
78T8
Metropolitan Metropolitan
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Ercan Ercan
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95T8
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76T9
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80T9
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65T3
pristina pristina
88T8
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6T3
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81T9
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95T10
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80T8
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