From his first gig as a nervous Catskills comedian, it's obvious that Lenny Bruce (Dustin Hoffman) is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with a shocking routine and a stripper as his muse (Valerie Perrine), Lenny turns comedy - and America - on its ear with his abrasive and often offensive humour. But life in the smoke-filled bars of the comedy circuit begins to take its toll. The drugs and arrests for his subject matter wear heavily on this maverick crusader... but don't stop him from going to extremes right to his tragic and myth-making end.
Could have been better
- Lenny review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The poignant story of the late Lenny Bruce, a comedian who battled both censorship laws and the right to free speech. Dustin Hoffman reminds us of his versatility as an actor, and Valerie Perrine gives a great performance as Honey, Bruce's drug addict wife. While beautifully directed and acted the film is somewhat of a disappointment. Lenny Bruce was not only a very thought provoking social commentator and a champion of free speech, but he was actually very, very funny, and the film really fails to capture this.