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People Vs. Larry Flynt
     

The People Vs. Larry Flynt

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Director: Milos Forman, Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton

Cast: Milos Forman, Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton

 

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"If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it'll protect all of you -- 'cause I'm the worst," declares Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (as played by Woody Harrelson) in the midst of one of his many court cases. Milos Forman's film follows Flynt from his childhood in Kentucky, where he made extra money for his dirt-poor family by selling the

Overview

"If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it'll protect all of you -- 'cause I'm the worst," declares Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (as played by Woody Harrelson) in the midst of one of his many court cases. Milos Forman's film follows Flynt from his childhood in Kentucky, where he made extra money for his dirt-poor family by selling the moonshine his father brewed, into adulthood as he manages a strip club in Cincinnati. While the club does middling business, the experience changes Flynt's life in two ways: he meets Althea (Courtney Love), an exotic dancer who becomes the love of his life, and he gets the bright idea of starting a magazine to promote the club. Marketed as a crasser, less pretentious alternative to Playboy or Penthouse, Hustler becomes a huge success after Flynt runs a photo series of Jacqueline Onassis sunbathing nude. However, while plenty of people are buying Hustler, there are also plenty of people who don't care for it, including Charles Keating (James Cromwell), leader of a watchdog group called Citizens For Decent Literature. Keating spearheads the first of many legal attacks on the magazine, one of which reaches the Supreme Court as Alan Isaacman (Edward Norton), Flynt's lawyer, debates the finer legal points of bad taste with the justices of the highest court in the land. Meanwhile, Flynt makes a fortune, loses the use of his legs after an attack by a sniper, embraces and than abandons Christianity, and eventually loses Althea, who succumbs to AIDS after a long addiction to drugs. Woody Harrelson's brother Brett Harrelson is well cast as Larry Flynt's brother Jimmy; Larry Flynt appears briefly as a judge who hands down a judgment against Larry Flynt.

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Exceptional performances, a sharp script, and sympathetic direction make Milos Forman's The People Vs. Larry Flynt a genuinely engaging, entertaining and unique rags-to-riches story. Woody Harrelson's Flynt is an endearing, irascible troublemaker and unlikely patriot, not the immoral miscreant and lawbreaker his detractors color him to be. Building upon the fine reputation he founded earlier that year in Primal Fear, Edward Norton is exceptional as Flynt's put-upon lawyer; and Courtney Love's natural, unaffected turn as Flynt's dedicated girlfriend adds a necessary dimension to the film. Larry Flynt is by and large a sympathetic, subjective portrayal of the publisher, and as such, Forman and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski choose to focus on issues of morality and free-speech; as expected, the film drew some criticism for its omission of Flynt's more unsavory traits.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381688825
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
25,935

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Harrelson Larry Flynt
Courtney Love Althea Flynt
Edward Norton Alan Isaacman
James Cromwell Actor
Crispin Glover Arlo
James Carville Actor
Richard Paul Rev. Jerry Falwell
Burt Neuborne Actor
Brett Harrelson Jimmy Flint
Donna Hanover Actor

Technical Credits
Milos Forman Director
Scott Alexander Screenwriter
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Michael Hausman Producer
Larry Karaszewski Screenwriter
Anastas Michos Camera Operator
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Oliver Stone Producer
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Theodor Pistek Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Janet Yang Producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Introduction [:27]
2. Start [4:23]
3. 20 Years Later [3:03]
4. First HUSTLER newsletter [1:17]
5. Calamity Jane [9:28]
6. 25% Sell-through [5:23]
7. July 4, 1976 [2:41]
8. Ever think about marriage? [2:40]
9. Breaking taboos & arrested [1:27]
10. Alan Isaacman [2:24]
11. Hamilton County Courthouse [5:35]
12. The verdict [3:43]
13. Cavalry goes to Georgia [3:32]
14. The President's sister calls [2:15]
15. Dinner with Ruth [1:55]
16. Epiphany [3:24]
17. Baptized [1:48]
18. Policy revision [:55]
19. Gwinnett County Courthouse [4:16]
20. Paralyzed [2:26]
21. Porn again [2:03]
22. Two addicts [1:14]
23. March 1983 [3:37]
24. Mr. Waverly [6:38]
25. Federal subpoena & warrant [2:20]
26. U.S. District Court, Los Angeles [2:37]
27. Gag order and sentence [5:53]
28. Campari ad campaign parody [2:51]
29. Aids [1:15]
30. Althea and Alan [3:06]
31. US District Court, Virginia [3:12]
32. Althea takes a bath [9:21]
33. God vs. the Devil [7:40]
34. A unanimous decision [8:24]
35. End credits [2:48]
Side #2-Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Introduction [:27]
2. Start [4:23]
3. 20 Years Later [3:03]
4. First HUSTLER newsletter [1:17]
5. Calamity Jane [9:28]
6. 25% Sell-through [5:23]
7. July 4, 1976 [2:41]
8. Ever think about marriage? [2:40]
9. Breaking taboos & arrested [1:27]
10. Alan Isaacman [2:24]
11. Hamilton County Courthouse [5:35]
12. The verdict [3:43]
13. Five months later [3:32]
14. Cavalry goes to Georgia [2:15]
15. The President's sister calls [1:55]
16. Dinner with Ruth [3:24]
17. Epiphany [1:48]
18. Baptized [:55]
19. Policy revision [4:16]
20. Gwinnett County Courthouse [2:26]
21. Paralyzed [2:03]
22. Porn again [1:14]
23. Two addicts [3:37]
24. March 1983 [6:38]
25. Mr. Waverly [2:20]
26. Federal subpoena & warrant [2:37]
27. US District Court, Los Angeles [5:53]
28. Gag order and sentence [2:51]
29. Campari ad campaign parody [1:15]
30. Aids [3:06]
31. Althea and Alan [3:12]
32. US District Court, Virginia [9:21]
33. Althea takes a bath [7:40]
34. God vs. the Devil [8:24]
35. A unanimous decision [2:48]
36. End credits [3:28]

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The People Vs. Larry Flynt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is important to every American, because it shows how our rights as American's can be taken away. Freedom of speech is in the constitution, but more and more politicians want to choose what WE should view as American's. Larry Flynt stood up for us American's, even if some of us didn't like what he was publishing. To me it doesn't matter what he was publishing, as long as it was between consenting adults, and adults had the right to choose to view it or not. This movie is very important. Yes, there is nudity, yes some sexual situations, but nevertheless, it's a great film, and Courtney Love is just so brilliant, and how beautiful she is, and this movie firmly established her as a great actress. Larry Flynt also has a cameo in the film as a rude judge, so watch for it. This movie is worth watching again and again, and before you see it through for the first time, you might want to have a box of tissues, because the ending is very sad, I still cry, and I can't tell you how many times I have seen this movie, this masterpiece. Well done to Larry Flynt and to everybody (especially Courtney Love) who made this film, seen or unseen, thank you, it's fantastic!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a pretty good movie overall. I've always loved Woody and I had no idea that Courtney Love could ACT! Very well done overall.