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Writers (WGA):
Scott Alexander (written by) &
Larry Karaszewski (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1996 (USA) See more »
You may not like what he does, but are you prepared to give up his right to do it?
A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Harrelson ... Larry Flynt

Courtney Love ... Althea Leasure Flynt

Edward Norton ... Alan Isaacman
Brett Harrelson ... Jimmy Flynt

Donna Hanover ... Ruth Carter Stapleton

James Cromwell ... Charles Keating

Crispin Glover ... Arlo

Vincent Schiavelli ... Chester
Miles Chapin ... Miles

James Carville ... Simon Leis

Richard Paul ... Reverend Jerry Falwell
Burt Neuborne ... Roy Grutman
Jan Tríska ... The Assassin

Cody Block ... 10-Year-Old Larry
Ryan Post ... 8-Year-Old Jimmy
Robert Davis ... Old Hillbilly
Kacky Walton ... Young Ma Flynt
John Ryan ... Young Pa Flynt
Kathleen Kane ... 1st Stripper
Greg Roberson ... Disc Jockey
Jim Peck ... Old Printer

Mike Pniewski ... Trucker

Tim Parati ... Staffer
Rick Rogers ... Staffer
Dan Lenzini ... Staffer
David Compton ... Staffer
Gary Lowery ... Staffer
Stephen Dupree ... Stills Photographer

Rainbeau Mars ... Tovah
Tam Drummond ... News Dealer
Nancy Lea Owen ... Ma Flynt
John Fergus Ryan ... Pa Flynt
Oliver Reed ... Governor Rhodes
Meresa T. Ferguson ... Jacuzzi Girl
Andrena Fisher ... Jacuzzi Girl
Ken Kidd ... Police Detective

Larry Flynt ... Judge Morrissey - Cincinnati Court
Janie Paris ... Jury Forewoman - Cincinnati Court
Carol Russell-Woloshin ... Court Clerk - Cincinnati Court
Ruby Wilson ... Rally Singer (as Miss Ruby Wilson)
Eddie Davis ... Announcer at Rally
Blaine Pickett ... Ad Sales Guy
Kerry White ... Georgia Cop
Joey Hadley ... Georgia Cop
Chris Schadrack ... Robert Stapleton
Mac Pirkle ... Georgia Prosecutor
Mark W. Johnson ... Georgia Doctor
Doug Bauer ... Flynt's Personal Bodyguard
Roberto Roman Ramirez ... Bodyguard
Blaine Nashold ... Dr. Bob (as Blaine Nashold M.D.)
Aurélia Thiérrée ... Cute Receptionist (as Aurelia Thierree)

Scott William Winters ... Blow Dried Jerk
D'Army Bailey ... Judge Thomas Alva Mantke - L.A. Court
Mike McLaren ... Lawyer - L.A. Court

Andy Stahl ... Network Lawyer (as Andrew Stahl)
Michael Detroit ... DeLorean Attorney
Jaime Jackson ... Keating's Secretary

David Dwyer ... Federal Marshal
Richard Birdsong ... Deputy Marshal
James A. White ... Deputy Marshal

Gerry Robert Byrne ... Butler
Benjamin Greene Jr. ... Bailiff - L.A. Court
Mary Neal Naylor ... Mantke Clerk
Tina M. Bates ... Springfield Prison Guard

Evans Donnell ... Divinity Student
Jay Adams ... Divinity Student
Bennett Wood ... Dean of Liberty College
Janice Holder ... Judge Kirk - Roanoke Court
A.V. McDowell ... Jury Foreman - Roanoke Court

Jim Grimshaw ... Chief Justice William Rehnquist
James Smith ... Justice Thurgood Marshall
Rand Hopkins ... Justice Scalia
Charles M. Crump ... Justice Stevens
Pierre Secher ... Supreme Court Marshal
Linn Sitler ... Svelte Reporter
Mary M. Norman ... Reporter
Jack Shea ... Reporter

Lisa Lax ... Reporter
Susan Howe ... Georgia Reporter

Michael MicQuick Davis ... Georgia Reporter (as Michael Davis)
Dennis Turner ... Georgia Reporter
Patti Hatchett ... Georgia Reporter

Ann Marie Hall ... Georgia Reporter

Nate Bynum ... Georgia Reporter
Paula Haddock ... Georgia Reporter
Gary Kraen ... Georgia Reporter

Norm MacDonald ... Network Reporter

Jeff Johnston ... L.A. Reporter
Joey Sulipeck ... Falwell Reporter

Jim Palmer ... Falwell Reporter
Gene Lyons ... DC Reporter
Saida Pagan ... DC Reporter
Jim Hild ... DC Reporter
Michael Klastorin ... DC Reporter
Michelle Robinson ... Supreme Court TV Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Axmaker Jr. ... Audience Member (uncredited)
James Buchanan ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Neill Calabro ... Psyche Inmate with Invisible Weights (uncredited)

Emmy Collins ... Flasher (uncredited)
Kiki D'Aire ... Stripper (uncredited)
Roland Gomez ... Man Outside Supreme Court (uncredited)

David Kallaway ... DeLorean Attorney (uncredited)

Thomas Reid ... Bodyguard to Title Character (uncredited)

Directed by
Milos Forman 
Writing credits
Scott Alexander (written by) &
Larry Karaszewski (written by)

Produced by
Scott Ferguson .... associate producer
Michael Hausman .... producer
George Linardos .... associate producer
Oliver Stone .... producer
Janet Yang .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Christopher Tellefsen 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Art Direction by
Shawn Hausman 
James Nedza 
Set Decoration by
Maria Nay  (as Maria A. Nay)
Amy Wells 
Costume Design by
Arianne Phillips 
Theodor Pistek 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye Jr. .... key makeup artist (as Ben Nye)
Bron Roylance .... key makeup artist
Melissa A. Yonkey .... hair stylist
Gloria Belz .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Kimberly Greene .... makeup artist: Woody Harrelson (uncredited)
Paula Pearcy .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Betty Lou Skinner .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gerry Robert Byrne .... production supervisor
Michael Hausman .... unit production manager
Gerry Robert Byrne .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen E. Hagen .... second second assistant director (as Stephen Hagen)
Scott Harris .... second assistant director
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
Adam Davidson .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Art Department
David J. Chamerski .... assistant property master (as David Chamerski)
William Dambra .... property master (as Bill Dambra)
James C. Feng .... assistant art director (as James Feng)
Shari Griffin .... draper
Henning Molfenter .... construction shop manager
Troy Osman .... construction foreman
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Spencer H. Register .... on-set dresser (as Spencer Register)
John Snow .... scenic artist
Leonard R. Spears .... lead person (as Leonard Spears)
James F. Truesdale .... assistant art director (as James Flood Truesdale)
David Weathers .... key set dresser
Sarah Young .... buyer
Chris Barnes .... paint forman (uncredited)
Wren Boney .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tommy Gilbert .... set dresser (uncredited)
Susanna Glattly .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Will Grant .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alba Leone .... buyer: Georgia (uncredited)
Tom Osman .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Lee Ross .... on-set scenic (uncredited)
Wayne Shepherd .... lead man (uncredited)
Phillipa Sledge .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... sound effects editor (as P. DeMetruis)
Stuart Emanuel .... dialogue editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Harris .... cable person
Richard King .... sound effects editor (as Richard Quentin King)
Kevin Lee .... dialogue editor
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor
Adam Lipsius .... apprentice sound editor
Michael W. Mitchell .... assistant sound editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Ira Spiegel .... foley editor
Marc-Jon Sullivan .... boom operator
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Gina Alfano .... adr editor (uncredited)
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Anne Pope .... assistant foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodman Kiser .... special effects
Steve Wolf .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Matt McDonald .... visual effects (uncredited)
Tim Trella .... stunt coordinator
Chris Nielsen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... best boy
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Robert D. Carrier .... rigging gaffer
Jack English .... chief lighting technician
Henry Massey .... key rigging grip (as Henry M. Massey)
Robin Melhuish .... first assistant camera
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ted Morris .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brian W. Nordheim .... first assistant camera (as Brian Nordheim)
Jesse Wayne Parker .... key grip (as J. Wayne Parker)
Chris Rawlins Jr. .... dolly grip
Riko Schatke .... key rigging grip
Frank Yario Jr. .... video assist operator (as Frankie Yario Jr.)
Michael Alexonis .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Dan Ball .... still photographer: wedding (uncredited)
Dian Horton .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
David Leonard .... grip (uncredited)
Kevin B. May .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
John Monsour .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Michael C. Price .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (uncredited)
John 'Bones' Rogers .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary D. Scott .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician (assistant camera: Wescam) (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... casting: Mid-South
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate (as Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler)
Kathryn Eisenstein .... casting associate
Willo Hausman .... extras casting
Kim Petrosky .... casting: Mid-South
Kate Kennedy .... extras casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Jason White .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Colin .... costumes
Nancy McArdle .... costumes supervisor
Larry Velasco .... costumes (as Lawrence Velasco)
Jim Alan Cook .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Wendy M. Craig .... personal dresser (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Berenbaum .... additional editor (as Michael R. Berenbaum)
Earl Dittebrandt .... apprentice editor
Joel Hirsch .... first assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Arthur Schlenger .... apprentice editor
Misako Shimizu .... second assistant editor
Gene Mendoza .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Jordan Corngold .... assistant music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician : uncredited
John Beasley .... composer: additional score (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard A. Davis .... transportation co-captain (as Rick Davis)
Jerry Jackson .... transportation captain
William P. Lafon .... driver
John Lybrand .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Vicki Lybrand .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Other crew
Barry Barclay .... production assistant
Betsy Bottando .... location manager
John Brudenell .... production assistant
Doug Campbell .... production assistant
Darian Corley .... production assistant
Chrissie Davis .... production coordinator
Kimberly N. Fajen .... assistant production coordinator
Ashley Fardys .... researcher (as Ashley Cook)
Martina Forman .... assistant: Mr. Forman (as Martina Zborilova)
Barry Gildea .... researcher
Anne Gyory .... script supervisor
Alan L. Isaacman .... consultant
Jennifer Jenkins .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Klastorin .... publicist
Wende Martin .... craft service (as Wende L. Martin)
Margo Hunt McKay .... assistant production coordinator (as Margo Hunt)
Tobia Minckler .... production assistant
Janet Monaghan .... assistant: Ms. Yang
Rafe Murray .... assistant: Ms. Love (as Raphael T.S. Murray)
Steve Ranger .... security: Mr. Harrelson
Heather Ross .... production assistant
Steven Samanen .... production assistant
John R. Saunders .... production assistant
Stephen Sayadian .... magazine photo advisor (as Ladi von Jansky)
Jennifer Silverman .... assistant production coordinator
Diana Strauss .... assistant location manager
Danielle Tahos .... assistant: Mr. Harrelson
Annie Tien .... assistant: Mr. Stone (as Annie Mei-Ling Tien)
Jana Triska .... production assistant
Karyn Usher .... production assistant
Matilde Valera .... production accountant (as Matilde P. Valera)
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach: Mr. Harrelson
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Gerry Robert Byrne .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Pavel Cerny .... location manager (uncredited)
Katherine Dorrer .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
Tamara Maellaro .... set medic (uncredited)
Theresa Marsh .... first assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Rich Pence .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Molly Proctor .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Charlie Puritano .... researcher (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Azita Zendel .... assistant: Oliver Stone (uncredited)
Shel Bachrach .... special thanks
Willie Herenton .... special thanks: mayor of Memphis, Tennessee (as Dr. W.W. Herenton)
Jim Rout .... special thanks: mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use (certificate # 34339)
129 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Patricia Arquette and Mira Sorvino were considered for the role of Althea Leasure.See more »
Anachronisms: In the beginning of the film, Larry is shown running a strip club in his early days (around mid '70s). On the wall of the club was a centerfold of Playboy Playmate Patricia Farinelli, Miss December 1981.See more »
Isaacman:Larry, thousands of people petition the Supreme Court, OK? Thousands.
Larry Flynt:Yeah, and our case is as good as any.
Isaacman:Our case is better than most, you're missing my point, and that is they will never pick you. Because you're a nightmare. They're afraid if they let you in there, you're gonna wear a diaper, or throw oranges at the justices, and they should be, Larry, because in all the times you've gone to the court asking for help, you've never once demonstrated any respect for its institutions and procedures.
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54 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Larry Flynt, Great American, 14 March 1999
Author: great_sphinx_42 from The Poppy Field, OZ 69666

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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