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With: Robert De Niro (narrator), Steve Allen, Honey Bruce Friedman, Kitty Bruce, JoJo D'Amore, John Dolan, Martin Garbus, Jackie Gayle, Nat Hentoff, Paul Krassner, Richard Kuh, Sally Marr, Frankie Ray, Maynard Sloate
Written by: Robert B. Weide
Directed by: Robert B. Weide
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100
Date: 10/21/1998

Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Justice in the Halls

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature this year, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth succeeds beautifully on two counts: it's a brilliantly edited portrait of one of the greatest performers of the century, and it's a scathing account of the American Justice System gone horribly wrong. On both counts this movie -- 12 years in the making -- is utterly timeless and essential viewing today. Robert De Niro narrates. Don't miss it. (Sadly, this film has, to the best of my knowledge, never been released on video.)

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