The People vs. Larry FlyntDecember 25, 1996
A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 7.3/10 (39,679 voted)
Critic's Score: 79/100
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton
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.
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Althea Leasure Flynt
Ruth Carter Stapleton
Reverend Jerry Falwell
You may not like what he does, but are you prepared to give up his right to do it?
Sony Pictures |
Release Date: 25 December 1996
Filming Locations: Abandoned train station, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $607,652
(29 December 1996)
(27 April 1997)
Did You Know?
The real Larry Flynt, when asked who he would like to play him in the movie, picked Michael Douglas.
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.
Unpopular speech is absolutely vital to the health of our nation.
Larry Flynt, Great American
I went into this one fully expecting to like the heck out of it, and I
wasn't disappointed. No one had to convince me the message was a valid one,
but I still thought I'd drop a line to say that I thought it was a very well
done movie. It shows how a right that is supposedly near and dear to us all
is often skewed in favor of mollycoddling lots of hypocrites who has the
ridiculous audacity to think they have the right and the obligation to tell
the rest of the world what to think of as moral or immoral. I loved the
scene where Woody Harrelson, who does an absolutely bang-up job, gives a
speech about how explicit depictions of death, murder, and war are
considered appropriate while sex is considered filthy. "Sex or war" indeed.
The more of Harrelson I see, the more my respect for his work grows. I must
also mention Courtney Love, who is terrific as Althea. Great movie, I
thought. Most of the people who don't like it are probably also the very
ones it portrays as being the "bad guys"-the religious right, of course.
Larry Flynt may not be admirable in the type of lifestyle he and Althea
lived, and his magazine is, to my mind, entirely repugnant. But if Larry and
Althea truly had the sort of relationship portrayed they loved each other
beyond all reason, and what he did makes him a great patriot. How many
people would do what he did in defense of such an idealistic belief? Not all
people who do great things for great reasons are great people.