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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Larry Flynt  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$607,652 (USA) (29 December 1996)

Gross:

$20,191,312 (USA) (27 April 1997)
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Larry Karaszewski: the hand that puts a dollar bill in the swimsuit of a lady as the title "20 Years Later" displays belongs to one of the writers. 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 »

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Roy Grutman: Would please state your full name for the record?
Larry Flynt: [while on the witness stand, intentionally making a mockery of the court by responding disrespectfully and jokingly] Christopher Columbus Cornwallis, IPQ, Harvey, APU
Roy Grutman: That's very interesting but aren't you also known as Larry Flynt?
Larry Flynt: AKA Jesus H. Flynt Esquire
Roy Grutman: Are you the publisher and Editor in Chief of Hustler Magazine?
Larry Flynt: I am the publisher of the most tasteless, sleaziest, most disgusting, greatest porn magazine on the face of the earth
Roy Grutman: Thank you...
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Happy You and Merry Me
Written by Tot Seymour & Vee Lawnhurst
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Not Your Typical Patriot.
8 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Idealized biography of Hustler magazine mogul Larry Flynt (played superbly by Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson) which finally ends up focusing on his legal battles to publish his pornography via the free speech laws of this land. Along the way he marries a bisexual wild woman (Courtney Love) who shares his unconventional views on free love, priced pornography and drug abuse. The character also survives an assassin's bullet, paralysis, imprisonment, endless court battles against the Reverend Jerry Falwell and even his own destructive nature. Edward Norton (a relative newcomer when this was released) shines as Harrelson's young attorney who tries to overlook and overcome his client's tirades. Director Milos Forman (Oscar-nominated) does a good job creating a cinematic story about a man who is hard for most in mainstream society to understand or relate to. Flynt is humanized and so are those who cross his path throughout the picture. The movie is not as wild and crazed as one would think. Instead Forman uses well-timed comedy with drama to get the major points across effectively. Overall one of the better films of 1996. 4 stars out of 5.


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