The People vs. Larry Flynt

December 25th, 1996


The People vs. Larry Flynt

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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

Director: Milos Forman

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

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 - Roy Grutman
Jan Tríska - The Assassin
Cody Block - 10-Year-Old Larry
Ryan Post - 8-Year-Old Jimmy

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


Official Website: Sony Pictures |

Release Date: 25 December 1996

Filming Locations: Abandoned train station, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $607,652 (USA) (29 December 1996) (16 Screens)

Gross: $20,191,312 (USA) (27 April 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The real Larry Flynt, when asked who he would like to play him in the movie, picked Michael Douglas.

Revealing mistakes: 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.

Isaacman: Unpopular speech is absolutely vital to the health of our nation.

User Review

Larry Flynt, Great American

Rating: 9/10

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.


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