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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$20,191,312 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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Larry Flynt and his brother Jimmy Flynt are played by real-life brothers Woody Harrelson and Brett Harrelson. See more »

Goofs

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies are used in Federal Court when Larry Flynt is being asked to reveal his source of the John DeLorean tapes. State law enforcement is not used in Federal Courts. See more »

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Simon Leis: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Before we begin, I must apologize for the unpleasantness of this task. What you are about to see is going to take your breath away. Hustler magazine depicts men and women posed together in a lewd and shameful manner. Hustler magazine depicts women and women posed in a lewd and shameful manner. Hustler magazine depicts Santa Claus posed in a lewd and shameful manner.
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Referenced in High Chaparall: Bad People: Corey Feldman (2004) See more »

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A Satisfied Mind
Written by Red Hayes & Jack Rhodes
Performed by Porter Wagoner
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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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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