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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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

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

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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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Biography | Drama

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$607,652 (USA) (27 December 1996)

Gross:

$20,191,312 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1952, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1986 and 1987. 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

Simon Leis: [Referring to the Santa Claus cartoon while in court] Do you think the founding fathers had a cartoon like this in mind when they wrote the first amendment to our Constitution?
Larry Flynt: [while on the witness stand] No but I don't think they had Playboy in mind or people either for that matter because I saw a couple of four letter words in there a few weeks back.
Simon Leis: But isn't a community allowed to set its own standards?
Larry Flynt: No that's just the disguise for censorship. This country belongs to me just as much it ...
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References Lenny (1974) See more »

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Fanfare and March
from "Dalibor"
Written by Bedrich Smetana
Performed by The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Libor Pesek
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Not Your Typical Patriot.
8 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Idealized biography of Hustler magazine mogul Larry Flynt (played superbly by Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson) which finally ends up focusing on his legal battles to publish his pornography via the free speech laws of this land. Along the way he marries a bisexual wild woman (Courtney Love) who shares his unconventional views on free love, priced pornography and drug abuse. The character also survives an assassin's bullet, paralysis, imprisonment, endless court battles against the Reverend Jerry Falwell and even his own destructive nature. Edward Norton (a relative newcomer when this was released) shines as Harrelson's young attorney who tries to overlook and overcome his client's tirades. Director Milos Forman (Oscar-nominated) does a good job creating a cinematic story about a man who is hard for most in mainstream society to understand or relate to. Flynt is humanized and so are those who cross his path throughout the picture. The movie is not as wild and crazed as one would think. Instead Forman uses well-timed comedy with drama to get the major points across effectively. Overall one of the better films of 1996. 4 stars out of 5.


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