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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$607,652, 29 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,191,312, 27 April 1997
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The producers were set on casting Bill Murray as Larry Flynt but according to Milos Forman, Murray never returned his phone calls. 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

Larry Flynt: [speaking for the first time, over the phone] This is Larry Flynt
Ruth Carter Stapleton: Praise the lord. I've found you
Larry Flynt: Hallelujah, what can I help you with?
Ruth Carter Stapleton: We have a mutual friend: a television producer and he suggested we get together. He thought you and I could "hit it off."
Larry Flynt: I don't understand you're an evangelist, I'm a smut peddler
Ruth Carter Stapleton: I don't believe in labels. I believe you and I could teach other a lot, so are you free for dinner tomorrow night?
Larry Flynt: I have a hectic schedule
Ruth Carter Stapleton: You know what's nice about people like you...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
Written by O'Landa Draper
Performed by The Collins Chapel Choir, Memphis, TN
Choir Director, John Reddick
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Career milestone for Woody Harrelson & Courtney Love
16 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) **** Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Carville, James Cromwell, Richard Paul, Crispin Glover, Vincent Schiavelli, Miles Chapin, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover, Norm MacDonald. Superb biographical account of smut publisher Larry Flynt (portrayed by Best Actor nominee Harrelson in arguably the role of his career) whose bouts with the courts regarding libel, pornography and ultimately first amendment rights to the freedom of speech are captured like a tempest in a teacup that depicts the rise and near fall of Flynt (who was paralyzed in an assassination attempt) and the uncomparable love affair with his doomed yet dedicated wife, bisexual, drug-addicted and tragically AIDS afflicted wife Althea Leasure (Love in a toweringly brilliant turn at acting that deserves all the recognition she mustered) who stood by her man as she withered away. Funny, insightful, important and some masterful filmmaking overall thanks largely to the cleverly constructed screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood"), costumes by Theodore Pistek and Arianne Phillips, and all too believeable production design by Patricia von Brandenstein. And yes that is real-life Flynt as one of the judges passing sentence and yes it is real-life brother Brett of Woody playing siblings. Kudos to Best Director nominee Milos Forman (who was sorely passed over in the Best Picture nomination as well as practically getting shut out come to mention it) for pulling off a difficult hat trick: making scum respectable.


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