People Vs. Larry Flynt

People Vs. Larry Flynt

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Director: Milos Forman

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

     
 

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Milos Forman's biopic of Hustler founder Larry Flynt is successful not only as an atmospheric portrayal of the '70s porn industry, but also as an intelligent exploration of censorship issues in America. Unfortunately, Columbia TriStar's bare-bones DVD edition is unworthy of such a fine film. The only saving grace is that the actual movie itself is delivered in style.… See more details below

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Milos Forman's biopic of Hustler founder Larry Flynt is successful not only as an atmospheric portrayal of the '70s porn industry, but also as an intelligent exploration of censorship issues in America. Unfortunately, Columbia TriStar's bare-bones DVD edition is unworthy of such a fine film. The only saving grace is that the actual movie itself is delivered in style. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is faultless, and the anamorphic transfer helps to emphasize the lurid decor and showy clothing prevalent in the film. The special features are conspicuous by their total absence, with not a trailer or featurette in sight -- particularly disappointing given the talent involved in the film, and inexcusable when there is so much that could be said about the issues raised by the movie. Even some background material about Hustler itself would have been of interest, but sadly there is none. This disc is poor indeed, and a good example of how not to package an acclaimed film in DVD format.

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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:
12/10/1997
UPC:
0043396824591
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:09:00

Special Features

English 2-Channel or 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Additional Languages: French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Scene Selections; Widescreen or Standard Formats

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

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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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