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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

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Milos Forman
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Burt Neuborne ... Roy Grutman
Jan Tríska ... The Assassin
Cody Block ... 10-Year-Old Larry
Ryan Post Ryan Post ... 8-Year-Old Jimmy
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Larry Flynt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Norton took on the film because he desperately wanted to work with Milos Forman. See more »

Goofs

Althea and Larry's children are never mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Larry Flynt: What is more obscene: Sex or war?
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Chevy Chase/Live (1997) See more »

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No. 47 in A Minor, Opus 68, No. 2
By Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Idil Biret
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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One of the best films of the Year
12 September 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee 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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