Dustin Hoffman in Bob Fosse's "Lenny" (1974)

Lenny (1974) Directed by Bob Fosse. Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce and Mickey Gatlin as San Francisco Policeman (not pictured).

Policeman: What makes you think you’ve got the right to say a word like that in a public place?
Lenny: What word is that? I, I, I say a lot of words.
Policeman: You know what word I’m talking about. It’s against the law.
Lenny: I didn’t do it, man, I just said it.

3 Responses to “Lenny (1974)”

  1. Valerie Perrine is extraordinary, but so is Hoffmann and Julien Barry’s adapted screenplay.

  2. A little surprised this isn’t mentioned more in Hoffman’s fillmography.

  3. Yeah, why isn’t this film talked about more? It must’ve made a pretty big splash in the day considering it was Hoffman in his prime working with the Oscar-winning director of Cabaret, but it doesn’t seem to be the first movie to roll off anyone’s tongue.

    Maybe it’s because it held back by the bio genre? That’s probably fair. Fosse does what he can by jumping around chronologically but the whole thing still feels pretty traditional. Still Hoffman and Perrine (an underrated talent who was also terrific in Slaughterhouse-Five) are infinitely watchable.

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