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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 27 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 - 24 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)
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. Rated (private: giska - 1 star)
19. Ignored Films (your private collection) | remove from collection
20. 1: Must-see (private: KasperL)
21. Filmspotting Ratings Project: Week 21 (private: PeaceAnarchy)


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Emrah1968 Emrah1968
100T10
Octave Octave
78T9
pomattovich
90T8
johnhuss
84T7
chiphall72
74T7
hypnotoad1
80T6
ferguson
60T4
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.
kogepanic nosyparker
70T7
djemba djemba
90T10
WuGambino WuGambino
80T8
oaic
95T8
ngebe
70T9
RNG
21T3
Zeno
76T8
vbm923
92T6
Carlospro Carlospro
85T9
bob bob
71T5
funkybusnss funkybusnss
50T3
krhunt
65T6
spikestone
85T8
FlorVdE
3T7
Simon M.
84T8
Vasily
85T9
sirphibes sirphibes
82T9
goodedward
70T7
Evolution Evolution
82T8
Ivanhoe
80T7
Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
78T7
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.
cblur21
67T6
Fetsch
78T9
GordonBombay GordonBombay
91T10
Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
deadbill
98T9
Visualice
75T7
camus camus
75T9
Stain Stain
80T7
Good drama about an outrageous comedian. And of course I'm a sucker for modern movies made in black and white
negative
2T6
SandyR SandyR
90T9
rudolf55
91T8
Odradek Odradek
75T6
buser333 buser333
56T6
dgeiser13
1T6
landsome landsome
80T8
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.
pzingg
90T7
TroyAnderson
74T8
Caracortada
65T7
paul_r_13
87T5
JangoB JangoB
89T9
howleyt
80T6
docpotato
95T10
Sinemaestro Amadeus
76T9
Storchcom Storchcom
89T8
olimax
78T6
DougieD
85T7
A well-made biopic with great cinematography and acting. Did a good job of showing the life of a controversial comic.
Antares Antares
62T4
allisoncm allisoncm
60T4
DougCollins DougCollins
70T1
Jebediah
94T7
Vegard
80T9
permazorch permazorch
72T4
Scarface Scarface
70T6
Dery Dery
80T9
MEHRANAFSHAR
73T5
fireplacer
75T7
BlueHeat BlueHeat
85T9
Mirelurk Mirelurk
78T8
nihilanth nihilanth
78T7
mfl
77T10
5thHobbit
92T8
Niska Niska
29T4
Luk92 Luk92
85T9
tiagobdonoso
80T5
xacviant
84T7
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.
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.
Liverpoole TarantinOle
86T10
acarolla
1T5
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.
AntoniusB
55T6
dusticus dusticus
90T7
dzawski
66T3
DMCrimson DMCrimson
84T9
freakazoid
70T6
Lanhia
15T1
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.
hsncomert hsncomert
70T8
bluesoul bluesoul
80T7
keskin keskin
81T9
preppy-3
90T9
Sapphire
35T2
DougReese DougReese
80T9
Orion16RUS
93T10
svenerik svenerik
65T3
Ariaz Ariaz
70T5
GarthLandow
80T5
moody_mehdi moody mehdi
91T5
wokelstein wokelstein
74T6
mohan mohan
97T9
Excellent biography. Probably Dustin Hoffman's best. He really brings the character alive in front of you like no other.
cdalepirate
70T7
pristina pristina
88T8
chrisaugust
85T9
dumbjaw dumbjaw
74T9
pl_
75T8
Ronin21
84T9
ladyspiggott ladyspiggott
86T9
Weafdog Weafdog
46T9
Ercan Ercan
8T9
Dally Dally
85T8
Exaybachay Exaybachay
92T10
Hakuna92
100T10
lauratron lauratron
77T7
cinemahell cinema_hell
80T7
zetes
100T10
SomewhatItay
81T8
windowseat
85T8
glumpy99 glumpy_99
99T10
MrOcean Mr.Ocean
80T8
JooJoo JooJoo
8T10
harter harter
60T6
ccbwc771
27T1
laika laika
80T8
Wulf
70T7
firebirdekb
75T8
BillyShears BillyShears
60T4
Dustin Hoffman’s hair will be doing a warm up set.
MassiveDuck
80T5
Oktay Oktay
80T8
moeta2
83T5
electriccafe electriccafe
80T8
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...
cantaloupe
83T8
debaser1985
70T6
mistercheech mistercheech
90T9
Are there any niggers here tonight? One of the most insane stories imaginable.
Gim
70T2
zomgmouse
80T7
fuckchops fuckchops
70T6
vsls vsls
70T7
FutureCritic FutureCritic
83T7
dchilton
95T7
onetwothree
60T7
madiso madiso
80T10
FlashCalahan
60T4
wizard81
74T9
ManInBlack ManInBlack
6T5
Kvist
77T9
DBibby DBibby
72T5
Zoltan Zoltan
75T9
mostafah
78T8
Pingy
96T9
supergloo supergloo
6T3
Al Chambers
88T6
muratkrks muratkrks
75T7
10kfilms
93T9
te18 te18
4T2
Travisbickle Travisbickle
90T8
rohan1987
100T6
bizort
82T9
jakncoke jakncoke
86T9
Hailey
92T9
mklitsch
75T6
serhat
92T9
DePalma
89T10
ozgurbakar ozgurbakar
70T6
coltrane
3T3
elmakebabi elmakebabi
75T8
rollsroyce
62T5
phoBos42
90T8
Moses77
9T9
Limdebois Limdebois
100T10
themadelf66 themadelf66
79T8
Supecte
83T9
wayofthegun wayofthegun
70T5
The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
MedCityFlix MedCityFlix (Med City Movie Guy)
51T4
Johnny Logic
88T10
dkbritt85 dkbritt85
86T8
drmike
80T4
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.
stuie299 stuie299
90T9
SirRobbie SirRobbie
80T9
caocao caocao
73T8
Idioteck
91T10
sengir sengir
81T8
imdb imdb
76T9
heandhishair
68T7
A semi-decent film propped up by Hoffman's amazing performance.
Solid_Snake Solid Snake
70T5
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.
octanoid77 octanoid77
100T8
Lv92 Lv92
4T8
digitalmonk
76T6
filmcricket
78T9
TonythePony TonythePony
76T7
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
95T10
sirius sirius
64T3
Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
65T5
SicilianClan SicilianClan
84T8
Princezz Princezz
80T8
ricko
85T9
Lionel Hutz
76T5
postmodifier postmodifier
90T9
angela79at
70T8
winds winds
6T8
SnoopyStyle
80T9
Esmerodo Esmerodo
70T5
Abba Abba
92T10
codpiece
90T10
georgia_sam georgia sam
87T9
purity
1T4
maborosi maborosi
60T6
Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
60T4
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76T8
Plaza
8T9
JJ1986 JJ1986
20T1
volver
55T4
gwynplaine gwynplaine
75T4
coffee coffee
79T7
lippecesar lippecesar
88T9
TheDiceman TheDiceman
65T8
Great film.
earthlydel
65T3
DancingP
85T10
hoolie
90T8
edisontg777
81T5
MariaMa
65T4
AAAutin AAAutin
81T10
roywalker roy_walker
100T10
akjn akjn
81T9
cbennett
80T9
djross djross
75T9
mikeparasol
90T9
beyndthinfnt
74T4
Bevo52 Bevo52
86T8
filmaffinity filmaffinity
75T10
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.
gleeb
75T7
jeffv jeff_v
83T10
moodeuce
70T6
Sane
71T6
ChrissieCool
85T8
Christophilm
100T10
toytronicaz
80T8
leopetolat
69T6
westknife westknife
86T9
Another great Hoffman role. I gotta go find some real Lenny Bruce clips now.
Diogoweb ()
80T7
dabinich burakh
62T4
Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
85T9
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
80T10
jwhite1979
88T9
blucthulhu
90T10
FitFortDanga MartinTeller
87T9
erwit
66T5
FlashCallaha
60T4
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