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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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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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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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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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Oliver Stone considered directing this film. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Mantke Clerk: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help yo God?
Larry Flynt: No.
Judge Thomas Alva Mantke: No?
Larry Flynt: Your honor, I'm an atheist. I can't very well, uh, swear to a God I don't believe exists.
Judge Thomas Alva Mantke: Mr. Flynt, you are a handful.
Larry Flynt: I know, your honor.
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Referenced in Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It (2007) See more »

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Written by Jacquelyn Reddick & Jeanie McQuinn
Performed by The Collins Chapel Choir, Memphis, TN
Choir Director, John Reddick
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One of the best films of the Year
12 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oscar Winning Milos Forman's The People Vs. Larry Flynt is a fascinating (if not too trashy) look at how without the first amendment, people like Flynt would not exist. We see an expose on the man, myth and legend of master porno publisher Larry Flynt (played to damn close perfection by Oscar nominated Woody Harrelson) who releases Hustler (in my opinion the best porno mag ever, but that's just me) and gets severe backlash from censors, church people and just people in general. But, we see his struggle to fight back at any cost (even his legs) to send a message- just because you don't like doesn't mean you can't let me publish what I want. Forman directs this pumped drama with 5-star performances from Harrelson, Love (as the tragedy queen girlfriend) and Especially Norton (as the suffering yet compelling lawyer). Never ashamed and always On the edge, this film has a place not only in film history, but in Hustler magazine's also. The real Flynt appears as a Cinncinatti judge and Norm MacDonald appears as a reporter. A+


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