Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)

Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 33mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Robert B. Weide Director n/a 2 2000001
Robert De Niro Narrator n/a 120790 1000015
Lotus Weinstock Actor Himself 1 1000014
Jackie Gayle Actor Himself 1 1000013
Robert B. Weide Producer n/a 3 3000001
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Geof Bartz Editor n/a 172 7000002
Robert B. Weide Editor n/a 172 7000001
Robert B. Weide Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Richard Kuh Actor Himself 1 1000012
Howard Solomon Actor Himself 1 1000011
Paul Krassner Actor Himself 1 1000005
Martin Garbus Actor Himself 1 1000004
Kitty Bruce Actor Herself 1 1000003
Honey Bruce Actor Herself 1 1000002
Nat Hentoff Actor Himself 1 1000006
Steve Allen Actor Himself 1 1000007
John Dolan Actor Himself 1 1000010
Jojo D'Amoro Actor Himself 1 1000009
Maynard Sloate Actor Himself 1 1000008
Sally Marr Actor Herself 1 1000001
In the late '40s stand-up comic Lenny Bruce shared the stage with the local strippers, and married one of them. By the '50s he had perfected a jazzy, improvisational delivery that led to TV dates with hosts Steve Allen and Hugh Hefner. By the early '60s Bruce's sold out club dates were cracking up audiences from coast to coast, taking a hipster's aim at conventionality and hypocrisy (and the Catholic Church) arguably the reason prosecutors now felt compelled to arrest him repeatedly for obscenity and narcotics possession. The film revisits Lenny Bruce's greatest triumphs and the depths of his tragedy.