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Encyclopedia > Lenny (film)
Lenny

Original movie poster
Directed by Bob Fosse
Produced by Marvin Worth
Written by Julian Barry (screenplay)
Based on his play Lenny
Starring Dustin Hoffman
Valerie Perrine
Jan Miner
Stanley Beck
Gary Morton
Music by Ralph Burns
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Editing by Alan Heim
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) November 10, 1974
Running time 111 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Lenny is a 1974 film about the life of the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman. Directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Julian Barry is based on his play Lenny. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) was a musical theater choreographer and director. ... Marvin Worth (June 6, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York - April 22, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) was an American producer, screenwriter and actor perhaps best known for his efforts to portray Malcolm X on the big screen. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... On the cover of Playboy, August 1981 Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model. ... Jan Miner (October 15, 1917 - February 15, 2004) was an American actress who became an icon to TV viewers as Madge, the wisecracking manicurist in commercials for Palmolive Dishwashing Detergent. ... Gary Morton (born 1924) was the second husband of Lucille Ball. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bruce Surtees (27 July 1937, Los Angeles, California, USA) is an Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated American cinematographer best known for his extensive work in Clint Eastwood films, mostly westerns of the 1970s and early 1980s. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) was a musical theater choreographer and director. ...


It was nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ...


Plot summary

The chronology hops, skips and jumps between Lenny Bruce in his prime and the burned-out, strung-out performer who, in the twilight of his life, used his nightclub act to pour out his personal frustrations to great, boring length. We watch as up-and-coming Bruce courts his "Shiksa goddess", a stripper named Honey. With family responsibilities, Lenny is encouraged to do a "safe", comfortist act, but he cannot do it. Constantly in trouble for flouting obscenity laws, Lenny develops a near-messianic complex which fuels both his comedy genius and his talent for self-destruction. Worn out by a lifetime of tilting at Establishment windmills, Lenny Bruce died in 1966.


Main cast

The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... On the cover of Playboy, August 1981 Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model. ... Jan Miner (October 15, 1917 - February 15, 2004) was an American actress who became an icon to TV viewers as Madge, the wisecracking manicurist in commercials for Palmolive Dishwashing Detergent. ... Gary Morton (born 1924) was the second husband of Lucille Ball. ...

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