United States, 1974

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Lenny Bruce, scrounging for laughs in the lowest dives, in a complex relationship with Honey, the sleazy stripper whom he married, and which dissolved into sordid self-destruction for both, was a folk hero of his time. Now saint, now sadist, now prophet, now punk, Lenny’s character was elusive, shaping itself into the form desired by the beholder. At times this film takes on the ‘cinema-verite’ style with interviews of major figures in Lenny’s life and flashback sequences to nightclub routines and events in the distant past. This tense, dynamic film fuses disparate time frames to produce an emotionally charged but never one-sided characterisation of Lenny Bruce. Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine are excellent in their roles as the ill-fated Lenny and Honey.

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production company

United Artists Corporation

Martin Worth Productions


Marvin Worth


Bob Fosse



Production places
United States
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Audience classification

R (18+)

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Sadism in moving pictures

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Masochism

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Sadism

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Sadism in moving pictures

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Masochism

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Sadism

Music & Performing Arts → Bruce, Lenny

People → Bruce, Lenny




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