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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 31 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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$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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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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Althea Leasure: The reign of Christian terror is over. We're going back to our roots. We are porn again.
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References Platoon (1986) See more »

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Country Girl
Written by Roy Drusky
Performed by Faron Young
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Larry Flynt, Great American
14 March 1999 | by (The Poppy Field, OZ 69666) – See all my reviews

I went into this one fully expecting to like the heck out of it, and I wasn't disappointed. No one had to convince me the message was a valid one, but I still thought I'd drop a line to say that I thought it was a very well done movie. It shows how a right that is supposedly near and dear to us all is often skewed in favor of mollycoddling lots of hypocrites who has the ridiculous audacity to think they have the right and the obligation to tell the rest of the world what to think of as moral or immoral. I loved the scene where Woody Harrelson, who does an absolutely bang-up job, gives a speech about how explicit depictions of death, murder, and war are considered appropriate while sex is considered filthy. "Sex or war" indeed. The more of Harrelson I see, the more my respect for his work grows. I must also mention Courtney Love, who is terrific as Althea. Great movie, I thought. Most of the people who don't like it are probably also the very ones it portrays as being the "bad guys"-the religious right, of course. Larry Flynt may not be admirable in the type of lifestyle he and Althea lived, and his magazine is, to my mind, entirely repugnant. But if Larry and Althea truly had the sort of relationship portrayed they loved each other beyond all reason, and what he did makes him a great patriot. How many people would do what he did in defense of such an idealistic belief? Not all people who do great things for great reasons are great people.


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