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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The People vs. Larry Flynt See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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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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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Flynt originally wanted Ashley Judd to play Althea. See more »

Goofs

When Larry first meets Alan, he assumes he is 22 years old. It is impossible for someone to complete law school at that young age. See more »

Quotes

[Isaacman on the phone with Flynt]
Alan Isaacman: Listen, I'm sitting here with the eminently reasonable District Attorney of the state of Georgia.
[Larry makes an off screen comment on the other end of the line]
Alan Isaacman: Right. He's very impressed by your conversion, he wants to cut us a plea bargain.
Larry Flynt: A plea bargain? Because I've found God?
Isaacman: Larry, listen to me for a second: Don't argue with me on this, ok. Just say yes because I've pulled a lot of strings to make this happen.
Larry Flynt: Is he sitting there with you?
Isaacman: Yes, he is.
Larry Flynt: ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Fanfare and March
from "Dalibor"
Written by Bedrich Smetana
Performed by Ceská Filharmonie (as The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Libor Pesek
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Edward Norton Is the True Star of This Biopic
16 June 2009 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Two-time Academy Award winning director Milos Forman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus") won his third nomination for directing this biopic about the infamous creator of "Hustler" magazine.

Woody Harrelson, also Oscar nominated, plays Flynt while rocker turned actress Courtney Love plays the long-suffering wife that apparently every biopic must have. Love received a ton of attention for this film, and most people expected her to be recognized by the Academy, but she was one of two singers turned actresses that year (Madonna being the other for "Evita") to receive tremendous awards buzz and then come up empty handed on nomination morning.

Though Harrelson and Love received all the attention, it's the then-fairly-unknown Edward Norton who steals this show as Flynt's committed attorney.

Grade: B


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