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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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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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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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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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Patricia Arquette and Mira Sorvino were considered for the role of Althea Leasure. See more »

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Flynt's mother, Edith died in 1982, 5 years before Flynt's wife Althea died in 1987. In the movie she is present at Althea's funeral. See more »

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Georgia Prosecutor: How could you as a good Christian defend this filth?
Larry Flynt: [while on the witness stand] I don't have to. It may be wrong in some people's opinion to portray women the way I have, but it's not illegal it may not be the smartest thing to have too much to drink but it's not illegal. Abortion may be more morally "repugnant" but right now but it's not illegal. If you want to change the law that's another discussion but our right to decide for ourselves cannot be restricted. George Orwell said," if liberty ...
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from "Rusalka"
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
Performed by Ceská Filharmonie (as The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Libor Pesek
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Very good autobiographical drama
27 February 2004 | by See 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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