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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

A partially idealized and fictionalized 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 & 33 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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Larry Flynt  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$607,652 (USA) (29 December 1996)

Gross:

$20,191,312 (USA) (27 April 1997)
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Trivia

The golden vagina necklace that Woody Harrelson wears in one of the courtroom scenes is actually a real jewel that belonged to the real Larry Flynt. See more »

Goofs

When Larry finds Althea in the bathtub, he pulls her out of the water by the throat. For the rest of the scene you can see her swallow and sometimes wince in pain, even though she's dead. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Flynt: [Referring to Althea, while eating breakfast] So after one night she's moving in with you?
Larry Flynt: She had it rough, grew up in an orphanage.
Trucker: [interrupting their conversation] Hey buddy, are the guy with the sex paper?
Larry Flynt: I might be.
Trucker: I love the pictures how do I subscribe?
Larry Flynt: Where'd you come up on the newsletter?
Trucker: I found it in the bathroom of a gas station, it came in pretty handy.
Larry Flynt: I'm glad we can help you out but it's not for subscription.
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Connections

Referenced in Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone (2007) See more »

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Pick Up the Pieces
Written by Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh,
Onnie McIntyre (as Owen McIntyre) & Hamish Stuart
Performed by Average White Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products & Average White Band
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The rise and fall of a (sex)god
6 December 2004 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

"The People vs. Larry Flynt" is already 8 years old, and the subject it talks about is even older, but it still hasn't lost anything of it's relevance. This isn't a movie about Larry Flynt, the porn king. It's more a movie about the right to say what you want to say, without having to think of every person's opinion first.

You may not like the man or what he stands for, but at least he has the guts to stand up for what he believes in. He defends his right to speak freely and doesn't mind kicking against the shins of the ultra conservative Christians. In a way today's America needs more people like him instead of acting like a bunch of sheep being brought to the slaughterhouse by their government...

The acting in the movie is very good, but especially Woody Harrelson as Larry Flynt and Edward Norton as his lawyer were excellent. Courtney Love isn't really an actress, but still did a good job (not that hard to do when you play a role that you are quite familiar with in your own life.)

All in all this is a very enjoyable movie that will be loved by some and hated by many. Personally I liked it and I give it a 7.5/10


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