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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 »

Filming Locations:

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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Dr. Bob is played by one of the real doctors who took care of Larry Flynt. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Larry Flynt: If you don't like Hustler magazine, don't read it.
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Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.155 (2011) See more »

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Pick Up the Pieces
Written by Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh,
Onnie McIntyre (as Owen McIntyre) & Hamish Stuart
Performed by Average White Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products & Average White Band
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Unusual, audacious film
13 September 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

As Larry Flynt is hardly the usual type of person you think of when you think of the word "hero," it's fitting that this biopic opts not for the standard approach, but to make an offbeat comedy(as writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski did in their screenplay for ED WOOD and the upcoming MAN ON THE MOON, about controversial comedian Andy Kaufman). You may not like him(and one of two faults I had with this film was I think the filmmakers lionized him a little too much), but certainly any society which calls itself free needs to make room for him. Harrelson does a good job in the title role, but the real force for me came from Courtney Love, in an astonishing performance as Flynt's wife, and Edward Norton, one of the best new talents, as Flynt's reluctant lawyer.

Besides that it does lionize Flynt a little too much, there is one problem I had, though. If you believe the film, all of Flynt's opposition came from right-wing blowhards like Charles Keating and Jerry Falwell. Certainly, they did have the most publicized tussles with him. But to ignore the problems he had with feminists makes it rather limited. I don't agree with Gloria Steinhem's contention that the film ignores his depraved side, but I think the film would have been more interesting if it had addressed the opposition he had from both the left and the right. Still, this is a terrific and important film to remind us what freedom really is.


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