Lenny


1h 51m 1974

Brief Synopsis

Biography of controversial and legendary stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce: His beginnings in the Catskills, his legal battles from challenging obscenity laws with his act and his ultimate self-destruction.

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Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Release Date
1974
Production Company
United Artists Films
Distribution Company
United Artists Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Biography of controversial and legendary stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce: His beginnings in the Catskills, his legal battles from challenging obscenity laws with his act and his ultimate self-destruction.

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Lenny - Novelization
Here is the Dell novelization of Lenny (1974) by Valerie Kohler Smith.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Release Date
1974
Production Company
United Artists Films
Distribution Company
United Artists Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Color
Black and White

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1974
Dustin Hoffman

Best Actress

1974
Valerie Perrine

Best Cinematography

1974

Best Director

1974
Bob Fosse

Best Picture

1974

Best Writing, Screenplay

1975

Quotes

Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt gave Lou Gehrig the clap?
- Lenny Bruce

Trivia

The one take master shot scene of Lenny doing his act in a raincoat near the end of the film came from an actual tape recorded from a show he did that was sent to Dustin Hoffman by a student who saw the show. Lenny's exact words in the scene on stage are word for word from the tape of his show.

The off-camera voice you can hear during the interview scenes is that of director Bob Fosse.

Neil Diamond was originally selected for the title role but declined.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974