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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$20,191,312 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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Lawyer Alan Isaacman, played by Edward Norton, is a composite of a few lawyers that represented Flynt over the years and is not the lawyer who was shot along with Flynt. That lawyer is Gene Reeves Jr. who (as of April 2012) is a senior magistrate Judge in Gwinnett County at the same courthouse at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA outside of which he and Flynt were shot. See more »

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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 »

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Larry Flynt: I turned the whole world into a tabloid.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Mike Myers/Aerosmith (1997) See more »

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Express Yourself
Written by Charles Wright
Performed by Idris Muhammad
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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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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