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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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The story of controversial pornography publisher Larry Flynt, and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director:

Milos Forman
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

Taglines:

You may not like what he does, but are you prepared to give up his right to do it?

Genres:

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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Trivia

Larry Flynt's comment at the rally that "if you believe anything you can do with your body is wrong, it's the fault of the manufacturer" was originally a famous gag line used by the late comedian Lenny Bruce, who also went through numerous court cases charging him with obscenity. See more »

Goofs

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies are used in Federal Court when Larry Flynt is being asked to reveal his source of the John DeLorean tapes. State law enforcement is not used in Federal Courts. 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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Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 28 April 2017 (2017) See more »

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Happy You and Merry Me
Written by Tot Seymour & Vee Lawnhurst
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Career milestone for Woody Harrelson & Courtney Love
16 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) **** Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Carville, James Cromwell, Richard Paul, Crispin Glover, Vincent Schiavelli, Miles Chapin, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover, Norm MacDonald. Superb biographical account of smut publisher Larry Flynt (portrayed by Best Actor nominee Harrelson in arguably the role of his career) whose bouts with the courts regarding libel, pornography and ultimately first amendment rights to the freedom of speech are captured like a tempest in a teacup that depicts the rise and near fall of Flynt (who was paralyzed in an assassination attempt) and the uncomparable love affair with his doomed yet dedicated wife, bisexual, drug-addicted and tragically AIDS afflicted wife Althea Leasure (Love in a toweringly brilliant turn at acting that deserves all the recognition she mustered) who stood by her man as she withered away. Funny, insightful, important and some masterful filmmaking overall thanks largely to the cleverly constructed screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood"), costumes by Theodore Pistek and Arianne Phillips, and all too believeable production design by Patricia von Brandenstein. And yes that is real-life Flynt as one of the judges passing sentence and yes it is real-life brother Brett of Woody playing siblings. Kudos to Best Director nominee Milos Forman (who was sorely passed over in the Best Picture nomination as well as practically getting shut out come to mention it) for pulling off a difficult hat trick: making scum respectable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The People vs. Larry Flynt See more »

Filming Locations:

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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:

2.39 : 1
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