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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry Flynt
... Althea Leasure Flynt
... Alan Isaacman
... Jimmy Flynt
... Ruth Carter Stapleton
... Charles Keating
... Arlo
... Chester
... Miles
... Simon Leis
... Reverend Jerry Falwell
Burt Neuborne ... Roy Grutman
... The Assassin
... 10-Year-Old Larry
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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Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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10 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Larry Flynt  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Hollywood mansion shown in the movie was the mansion where the real Larry Flynt lived in the early 1980s. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in 1953, the boys are paid with $1 bills with the words "In God We Trust" printed on the back. The bills in 1953 did not have that phrase, which was added to the bills much later. See more »

Quotes

Mantke Clerk: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Larry Flynt: No.
Judge Thomas Alva Mantke: No?
Larry Flynt: Your honor, I'm an atheist. I can't very well, uh, swear to a God I don't believe exists.
Judge Thomas Alva Mantke: Mr. Flynt, you are a handful.
Larry Flynt: I know, your honor.
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References Lenny (1974) See more »

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Dream Weaver
Written and Performed by Gary Wright
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The rise and fall of a (sex)god
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

"The People vs. Larry Flynt" is already 8 years old, and the subject it talks about is even older, but it still hasn't lost anything of it's relevance. This isn't a movie about Larry Flynt, the porn king. It's more a movie about the right to say what you want to say, without having to think of every person's opinion first.

You may not like the man or what he stands for, but at least he has the guts to stand up for what he believes in. He defends his right to speak freely and doesn't mind kicking against the shins of the ultra conservative Christians. In a way today's America needs more people like him instead of acting like a bunch of sheep being brought to the slaughterhouse by their government...

The acting in the movie is very good, but especially Woody Harrelson as Larry Flynt and Edward Norton as his lawyer were excellent. Courtney Love isn't really an actress, but still did a good job (not that hard to do when you play a role that you are quite familiar with in your own life.)

All in all this is a very enjoyable movie that will be loved by some and hated by many. Personally I liked it and I give it a 7.5/10


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