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Writers (WGA):
Scott Alexander (written by) &
Larry Karaszewski (written by)
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Release Date:
10 January 1997 (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 Q. 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)
Steve Bacon .... 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)
Amanda Friedland .... costumer (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)
Location Management
Betsy Bottando .... location manager
Diana Strauss .... assistant location manager
Pavel Cerny .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Jordan Corngold .... assistant music editor
John Beasley .... composer: additional score (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician (uncredited)
Chas Smith .... exotic instruments (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
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
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)
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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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?

The insurance fees for Courtney Love were so high, the studio would not pay them. Woody Harrelson, the producers (Oliver Stone and Michael Hausman), the director (Milos Forman) and Love paid the fees out-of-pocket.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 »
Larry Flynt:You don't want to quit me, I'm your dream client: I'm the most fun, I'm rich, and I'm always in trouble.See more »
Movie Connections:
No. 47 in A Minor, Opus 68, No. 2See more »


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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Shocking Expose, 2 June 2000
Author: KhaloodiY from London, England

Anyone familiar with Milos Forman's work will know how much he likes to discuss and examine controversial real-life characters and make them the focal point of his films. Amadeus for one was a powerful expose of the legendary composer; Forman was able to extraordinarily add so much spice to the script that the end result was a harrowing documentation that genuinely moved us. We didn't need to know anything about the composer or even like his work or personality; Forman craves on these sorts of challenges. He likes to make films about characters that the audience may not identify with because it heightens the overall achivement if the film is a hit. With Larry Flynt he's done it again.

Flynt is the story of Porn magazine chairman larry Flynt who amidst an era of overwhelming decadance launched Hustler magazine, a porn magazine that broke all taboos and crossed all boundaries. The magazine was a huge hit that transformed Flynt into a powerful figure in the American Community. Needless to say though, Flynt (superbly played by Harrelson) faces insurmountable odds from everyone to keep the business running. Politicians, reverends, mass public opposition Flynt is accompanied along the way by his junkie wife (played with real panache by Courtney Love) and a reluctant lawyer (dependable performance from Edward Norton Jr.). At the midway point of the film Flynt is shot and paralyzed and consequently the fight to stay on top is made even more challenging.

This story is intriguing because is dares to break universal taboo's. It shows Flynt disassociating himself from the norms and traditions of society and really willing to take genuine risks that could blow up in his face. Before Hustler was formed, Playboy was the porno pioneer. Playboy was subtle in it's nudity, preferring to call itself a REAL magazine rather than something trashy. We notice that Playboy was afraid to overstep the barrier. Playboy was a magazine that was restricted in it's disclosure of barenaked ladies because of the shape of society at the time and the values the society had come to embrace. To call yourself a porno magazine was unthinkable with unthinkable consequences! Hustler dared to step over those lines and bear all the consequences. Flynt was not necessarily a likeable man but he cannot not be admired. He was a risk taker, an enterpeneur, a man with a vision, and a man who believed that oe should act on one's desires and ambitions.

The mass hysteria the swamps the society as a consequence mainfests how powerful yet dangerous a little "acting on ambition" can bring. Flynt's idea is impossible to resist; the public cannot stay away from the controversial impact of the magazine. As the fan base grows, so does Flynt's empire, and so do the forces determined to suppress him. Flynt's meteoric rise is unprecedented, and made all the more shocking by the fact that the evnets are real. His opposition ranges from hypocritical politicians to dubious religious figures, all of whom are hell-bent on the abolition of Flynt and his tremendous reach.

The film earns huge plaudits on the entertainment level. This is undisputed!! The acting demonstartes tremendous range from all involved and Flynt is an offensive yet endearing, and very funny figure. We grow to really love and root for him as the film develops. The points that necessitate discussion however are the legal and moral issues that are debated by Flynt, his lawyer, and the opposition. The freedom of press, of speech, and the freedom to exercise your FREEDOM are all fiercely debated. Flynt vehemently defends his position because he feels that the world is afraid to agree with him, that the world is afraid to speak out. The world is polluted by hypocrits; he's the only pure seed. This presents tremendous irony because Flynt is a low-class pervert up against scholars, and politicians, and bureaucrats, and yet he's claiming that he's the real deal and they are all phonies. He has a point; what's the point in looking presentable and being well-educated if you are banal, hollow, and insipid and cannot open your mind to new ideas?? The film asks that question; we see how closed off the men in power are to Flynt's ideas and we grow to hate them. Then we are torn because we are reluctant to accept the values of a porn fiend. The fact that we cannot resist Flynt's pulling power is the sign of the film's success. We start off opposing Flynt, unable to identify. Then we try and take a neutral stand as we discover the ugliness of Flynt's opponents. Finally, after Flynt is paralyzed and yet continues to defend his honour, we can no longer resist the seduction.

The film has Flynt giving amazing speeches about why he is doing justice to himself and the people. He's giving them what they want,they are taking it,and yet they are determined to censor him. He debates this point to manifest the outstanding hypocrisy that lies at the heart of society. Flynt is such an important character because he speaks for all of us. On countless occasions, we all seek to expose the two-faced ugliness of those around us. We just can't because not enough people are listening. Flynt however gets eveyone's attention and defends his honour, preserves his integrity, and succeeds in winning over the justice system. The final speech given by Issacman, his lawyer is very insightful and very powerful for it argues this very point: 'We don't need to like what Larry Flynt does, but we should like and appreciate the fact that we have the right to make that decision on our own, and that's what makes our society great. We have the right to accept or reject the offer on hand. We may well reject it but we and we alone need to have the choice made available to us. If that right is taken away, then we wither away as a people and our individuality is nullified' The speech is amazing because it demonstrates how the right to accept a porn fiend and his work preserves the democracy of the Western World. Truly Shocking but brilliant!!!

I haven't discussed the other characters all that much and I'm not going to except say this: All the characters are multi-dimensional because what we see on the outside is never what we get on the inside. Flynt for all his crude, perverted behaviour is an admirable, likeable, highly identifiable personality. His wife, for all her vulgarity and drug addiction is an endearing, loyal,intelligent personality. Issacman, the lawyer, for all his traditional, stiff boring work ethic, is an idealistic, shrewd, and deeply committed man....The list goes on and on

I loved this movie because our hero is not perfect; he's anything but!!! Movies that depict the hero as a flawed individual stand a better chance of being embraced by critics and audiences alike. Flynt thrives on this! And exposing hypocrits for their true selves is every cynics (and I happen to be a huge one) dream. Flynt's journey is whopping emotional tour de force!!!! You don't have to like Larry Flynt as a film, but I love the fact that I had the right to make up my own mind!! Society, you ignore that at your peril!!!

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