Lenny is a 1974 American biographical drama film about the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Julian Barry is based on his play of the same name.
The film jumps between various sections of Bruce's life, including scenes of when he was 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. 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" 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 dies of a morphine overdose in 1966.
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|keywords||lenny bruce morphine nightclub act shiksa|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|theme||biographical biographical drama lgbt-related|