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

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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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Trivia

In the scene before Judge Mantke, in which Larry Flynt refuses to swear an oath on the Bible to tell the truth in court because he's an atheist, he is allowed to "affirm" that he will tell the truth. This exception to the oath requirement was originally written to accommodate Quakers, who by the tenets of their religion are not allowed to "swear" to anything. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Larry Flynt: [Referring to President Jimmy Carter] Do you think your brother ever read my publication?
Ruth Carter Stapleton: Do you remember the interview he gave with Playboy magazine? The one he admitted he had "lust in his heart"?
Larry Flynt: I was especially proud of that
Ruth Carter Stapleton: I'm sure you were but Billy Graham and a few others weren't so they took after him in public so I don't think his a big fan of adult magazines but I'm more ambivalent about what you do because I think sexuality is a God given gift
Larry Flynt: I'd have to agree with that
Ruth Carter Stapleton: When I counsel ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Life As It Is: Milos Forman on Milos Forman (2018) See more »

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Express Yourself
Written by Charles Wright
Performed by Idris Muhammad
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Very good autobiographical drama
27 February 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Before watching this movie, I had nearly no idea who Larry Flynt was. I read a quick summary a few minutes before watching it, but I hardly knew any specific details. After watching it, I know exactly who he is, and what he stands for. He stands for freedom of speech. Some might call him a pervert. Others call him a patriot. I believe he is the latter. While I don't know the exact story of Larry Flynt from any other sources than this movie, I don't know if it's completely accurate. The plot is great, for a biographic piece, the acting is superb, by most actors, especially the three main characters. Most of the cinematography fits the movie perfectly. The only thing that bothered me a little, was there was relatively little information about why Larry Flynt did what he did, believed what he believed so strongly. I sympathized with his character in several scenes, but I never fully understood him. The director should have had at least a few more emotional scenes with Larry, to explain his actions better. Overall, a very good drama. Recommendable to most fans of the genre, as long as they can stand what the movie shows them. If you have an open mind, you're not too easily offended and you're into autobiographical dramas, this is a good film to watch. 8/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The People vs. Larry Flynt See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$523,295, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$20,300,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,300,385
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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