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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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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Oliver Stone considered directing this film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in 1953, the boys are paid with $1 bills with the words "In God We Trust" printed on the back. The bills in 1953 did not have that phrase, which was added to the bills much later. See more »

Quotes

Larry Flynt: I oughta move somewhere, where perverts are welcome.
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Connections

Referenced in Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Selections from 'Stabat Mater'
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
Performed by The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Libor Pesek and Kühn's Mixed Chorus
Chorus Master, Pavel Kuehn (as Pavel Kühn)
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best ensemble cast in years
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

it is unfortunate that when one thinks of the movie 'people vs. larry flynt' the first person to come to mind is courtney love. not that she does an less then stellar job, rather by focusing solely on her, the rest of the richly deserving cast are overlooked. woody harrelson is genius as larry flynt. despite my liberal leanings, before seeing this movie i had made peace with the fact the flynt was a scum, but i would support him on the basis of free speech. after seeing this movie i was able to gain insight into the parts of his character which make him whole person. instead of seeing what Christian-right zealots, or bleeding heart liberals, tried to force upon me, i saw the entire man and all he brought with him. granted this was shown primarily thru scenes written and directed by milos forman, however, it is harrelson who brings them to life and convinces me of their sincerity.


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