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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  25 December 1996 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Harrelson ...
Miles Chapin ...
Burt Neuborne ...
Jan Tríska ...
10-Year-Old Larry
Ryan Post ...
8-Year-Old Jimmy


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Larry Flynt  »

Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Scott Alexander:  The other writer plays Client #3, sitting at the bar at the beginning of the movie. See more »


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 »


Larry Flynt: These are my friends - lots of money, lots of friends.
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Career milestone for Woody Harrelson & Courtney Love
16 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) **** Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Carville, James Cromwell, Richard Paul, Crispin Glover, Vincent Schiavelli, Miles Chapin, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover, Norm MacDonald. Superb biographical account of smut publisher Larry Flynt (portrayed by Best Actor nominee Harrelson in arguably the role of his career) whose bouts with the courts regarding libel, pornography and ultimately first amendment rights to the freedom of speech are captured like a tempest in a teacup that depicts the rise and near fall of Flynt (who was paralyzed in an assassination attempt) and the uncomparable love affair with his doomed yet dedicated wife, bisexual, drug-addicted and tragically AIDS afflicted wife Althea Leasure (Love in a toweringly brilliant turn at acting that deserves all the recognition she mustered) who stood by her man as she withered away. Funny, insightful, important and some masterful filmmaking overall thanks largely to the cleverly constructed screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood"), costumes by Theodore Pistek and Arianne Phillips, and all too believeable production design by Patricia von Brandenstein. And yes that is real-life Flynt as one of the judges passing sentence and yes it is real-life brother Brett of Woody playing siblings. Kudos to Best Director nominee Milos Forman (who was sorely passed over in the Best Picture nomination as well as practically getting shut out come to mention it) for pulling off a difficult hat trick: making scum respectable.

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