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

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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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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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Cameron Diaz auditioned for the role of Althea Leasure. See more »

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When Larry finds Althea in the bathtub, he pulls her out of the water by the throat. For the rest of the scene you can see her swallow and sometimes wince in pain, even though she's dead. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Flynt: [Referring to Althea, while eating breakfast] So after one night she's moving in with you?
Larry Flynt: She had it rough, grew up in an orphanage.
Trucker: [interrupting their conversation] Hey buddy, are the guy with the sex paper?
Larry Flynt: I might be.
Trucker: I love the pictures how do I subscribe?
Larry Flynt: Where'd you come up on the newsletter?
Trucker: I found it in the bathroom of a gas station, it came in pretty handy.
Larry Flynt: I'm glad we can help you out but it's not for subscription.
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References Lenny (1974) See more »

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Tannhauser Overture
Written by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
Performed by New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Pierre Boulez
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Edward Norton Is the True Star of This Biopic
16 June 2009 | by See 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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