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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

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Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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You may not like what he does, but are you prepared to give up his right to do it?

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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10 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$607,652 (USA) (27 December 1996)

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$20,191,312 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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Trivia

Milos Forman claims Courtney Love showed up to their first meeting while under the influence of drugs. Just when he was going to dismiss her, he realized that Love was perfect for the role of Althea. Forman offered her the role on one condition: that Love would stay clean and undergo regular drug testing during filming. She complied. To this day, Love credits Forman with getting her off drugs which led to a career renaissance. See more »

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Flynts mother, Edith died in 1982, 5 years before Flynts wife Althea died in 1987. In the movie she is present at Althea's funeral. See more »

Quotes

Larry Flynt: [in his office] What's your name?
Althea: [sitting on his couch, Lying] Jane
Larry Flynt: We have a policy in this club I have a suspicion that you're not of age
[showing her the fake ID]
Larry Flynt: this could cost me my liquor license I'd have to close that shop and fire a lot of people
Althea: I am one second one millimeter one second from being legal
Larry Flynt: Well, I'd have to ask you to come back when that second and millimeter is up
Althea: That'd be tomorrow morning then
Larry Flynt: I like the way you dance don't get me wrong
Althea: Can I ask you a question?
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Tannhauser Overture
Written by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
Performed by New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Pierre Boulez
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very good autobiographical drama
27 February 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Before watching this movie, I had nearly no idea who Larry Flynt was. I read a quick summary a few minutes before watching it, but I hardly knew any specific details. After watching it, I know exactly who he is, and what he stands for. He stands for freedom of speech. Some might call him a pervert. Others call him a patriot. I believe he is the latter. While I don't know the exact story of Larry Flynt from any other sources than this movie, I don't know if it's completely accurate. The plot is great, for a biographic piece, the acting is superb, by most actors, especially the three main characters. Most of the cinematography fits the movie perfectly. The only thing that bothered me a little, was there was relatively little information about why Larry Flynt did what he did, believed what he believed so strongly. I sympathized with his character in several scenes, but I never fully understood him. The director should have had at least a few more emotional scenes with Larry, to explain his actions better. Overall, a very good drama. Recommendable to most fans of the genre, as long as they can stand what the movie shows them. If you have an open mind, you're not too easily offended and you're into autobiographical dramas, this is a good film to watch. 8/10


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