Lenny

Lenny

Lenny

Biopic on stand-up comedy great Lenny Bruce, played by Dustin Hoffman. Bruce's groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary were deemed obscene by the 1960s establishment. With the notoriety came a near-messiah complex which fueled his comedy and taste for drugs. Valerie Perrine won Best Actress at Cannes for her portrayal as Honey, Bruce's troubled wife.

Most Promising Newcomer (Perrine), BAFTA Awards 1976; Best Actress (Perrine) at Cannes Film Festival 1975
1974Rating: R18111 minsUSA
BiographyComedyDramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Bob Fosse ('All That Jazz', 'Cabaret')
Writer:
Julian Barry
Cast:
Dustin HoffmanValerie PerrineJan MinerStanley Beck

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Variety

Variety

Fosse's remarkable film version of Julian Barry's legit play, Lenny, stars Dustin Hoffman in an outstanding performance.

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Time Out

Time Out

The good performances (Hoffman and Perrine) stand little chance against Fosse's withering direction: the subject matter needs far defter psychological handling than it gets.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Was Lenny truly some kind of mad prophet or simply an accidental product of his times, which, though he died in 1966, were really the gung-ho nineteen-forties and the uptight fifties? It's to the film's credit that it raises this question, though it doesn't supply us with much information with which to answer it.

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