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The People Vs. Larry Flynt1996

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)



Critic Consensus: The People Vs. Larry Flynt pays entertaining tribute to an irascible iconoclast with a well-constructed biopic that openly acknowledges his troublesome flaws.

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True story tale of Hustler magazine's creator Larry Flynt and his fight against the system when censorship mongors attempt to shut him down. Makes for good drama with excellent performances from Harrelson and Love.

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Woody Harrelson
as Larry Flynt
Courtney Love
as Althea Leasure
Edward Norton
as Alan Isaacman
James Cromwell
as Charles Keating
James Carville
as Simon Leis
Brett Harrelson
as Jimmy Flynt
Donna Hanover
as Ruth Carter Stapleton
Norm Macdonald
as Slick Reporter
Richard Paul
as Jerry Falwell
D'Army Bailey
as Judge Thomas Mantke
Burt Neuborne
as Roy Grutman
Jan Triska
as The Assassin
Cody Block
as 10-Year-Old Larry
Ryan Post
as 8-Year-Old Jimmy
Robert Davis
as Old Hillbilly
Kacky Walton
as Young Ma Flynt
John Ryan
as Young Pa Flynt
Kathleen Kane
as First Stripper
Greg Roberson
as Disc Jockey
Jim Peck
as Old Printer
Tim Parati
as Staffer
Rick Rogers
as Staffer
Dan Lenzini
as Staffer
Gary Lowery
as Staffer
Stephen Dupree
as Stills Photographer
Tam Drummond
as News Dealer
Oliver Reed
as Governor Rhodes
Meresa T. Ferguson
as Jacuzzi Girl
Andrena Fisher
as Jacuzzi Girl
Ken Kidd
as Police Detective
Larry Flynt
as Judge Morrissey, Cincinnati Court
Janie Paris
as Jury Forewoman, Cincinnati Court
Carol Russell-Woloshin
as Court Clerk, Cincinnati Court
Miss Ruby Wilson
as Rally Singer
Eddie Davis
as Announcer at Rally
Blaine Pickett
as Ad Sales Guy
Kerry White
as Georgia Cop
Joey Hadley
as Georgia Cop
Chris Schadrack
as Robert Stapleton
Mac Pirkle
as Georgia Prosecutor
Mark W. Johnson
as Georgia Doctor
Doug Bauer
as Flynt's Personal Bodyguard
Aurélia Thiérrée
as Cute Receptionist
Scott William Winters
as Blow-Dried Jerk
Mike McLaren
as Lawyer, LA Court
Andrew Stahl
as Network Lawyer
Michael "Detroit" Chenevert
as Delorean Attorney
Jaime Jackson
as Keating's Secretary
David Dwyer
as Federal Marshall
Richard Birdsong
as Deputy Marshall
James A. White
as Deputy Marshall
Benjamin Greene Jr.
as Bailiff, LA Court
Mary Neal Naylor
as Mantke Clerk
Tina M. Bates
as Springfield Prison Guard
Evans Donnell
as Divinity Student
Jay Adams
as Divinity Student
Bennett Wood
as Dean of Liberty College
Janice Holder
as Judge Kirk, Roanoke Court
A. V. McDowell
as Jury Foreman, Roanoke Court
Jim Grimshaw
as Chief Justice Rehnquist
James Smith
as Justice Marshall
Rand Hopkins
as Justice Scalia
Charles M. Crump
as Justice Stevens
Pierre Secher
as Supreme Court Marshall
Linn Sitler
as Svelte Reporter
Jack Shea
as Reporter
Lisa Lax
as Reporter
Susan Howe
as Georgia Reporter
Michael Davis
as Georgia Reporter
Dennis Turner
as Georgia Reporter
Patti Hatchett
as Georgia Reporter
Ann Marie Hall
as Georgia Reporter
Nate Bynum
as Georgia Reporter
Paula Haddock
as Georgia Reporter
Gary Kraen
as Georgia Reporter
Jeff Johnston
as LA Reporter
Joey Sulipeck
as Falwell Reporter
Jim Palmer
as Falwell Reporter
Gene Lyons
as DC Reporter
Saida Pagan
as DC Reporter
Jim Hild
as DC Reporter
Michael Klastorin
as DC Reporter
Michelle Robinson
as TV Reporter at Supreme Court
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Critic Reviews for The People Vs. Larry Flynt

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (21)

It's been a long, dumb spell, but The People vs. Larry Flynt makes it OK to take your brain to the movies again.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

An exultant comedy of American repression and revolt.

June 30, 2008 | Rating: A

A brave, spectacularly entertaining -- and unexpectedly stirring -- account of Flynt's life that asks us to regard the publisher of Hustler magazine as an invaluable champion of our First Amendment freedoms.

June 30, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of the truly bizarre careers in recent American cultural life provides the source of tart and tasty amusement in The People vs. Larry Flynt.

June 30, 2008

Woody Harrelson plays Flynt with energy, and Courtney Love does at least as well as his wife.

June 30, 2008

We're really celebrating Hollywood's freedom to create biographies of anyone, no matter how high or low on the social ladder, and still come up with the same banal characteristics, messages and conclusions.

June 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The People Vs. Larry Flynt

Milos Forman's The People Vs. Larry Flynt is a stunning drama about Larry Flynt, and the founding of the now famous porno magazine Hustler. At the heart of its story is not only the rise of Flynt, but also the right to free speech, which makes this a well layered drama that tells a truly engaging story. With great performances by Woody Harrelson in the lead role, Courtney Love and Edward Norton, The People Vs. Larry Flynt is a well crafted movie that Forman manages to keep you engaged due to a well written script that really sucks you into its story. Forman is one of my favorite directors and his dedication to the genre of film has made him one of the finest directors in the medium. The film presents a very interesting topic, one that is scared for everyone that is disgusted at censorship. Even if you don't agree with what Flynt has done in terms of his profession, you can agree that it is up to yourself to decide what is in good taste and what is not. I won't state my personal beliefs on Larry Flynt, but the film here works very well because not only is it an interesting story that is well acted and entertaining from start to finish, but it holds the values of free speech at its core, and that's why it's such a compelling film. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that the performances were top notch, the direction was immaculate and that it was a well made picture that shouldn't be seen as just the rise of a porn entrepreneur, but as a picture display the beauty of free speech and how it comes to protect us due to the fact that we are free to choose certain things for ourselves. Milos Forman has had a great filmography, and this film is yet another strong film to add to it. The People Vs. Larry Flynt is a great drama that definitely shouldn't be missed.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Highly engrossing biopic about the life and career of controversial porn mogul Larry Flynt. Besides the man in focus, it's also a story that depicts the struggle for one of the most fundamental corner stones in any given democracy: the right to free speech and publication. We follow Larry through his successes and failures, and the playboy (or rather to say Hustler) lifestyle that ultimately drives him into some serious conflicts with both his inner circle and official opponents. Superlative performance by Woody Harrelson, who does the title role so well, you'd think he was born for the job. I was also pleasantly surprised by Courtney Love, who is exceptional as his devil-may-care girlfriend. Granted that she pretty much plays herself, what with the drug addictions and all, but she still deserves an eulogy for her impressive acting. There's a lot of sex and nudity in the film, as can be expected, but nothing I'd label as gratuitous or redundant in any way. Rather, it serves a motivated purpose, while simultaneously treating us to some R-rated delights. Be sure to keep your eyes open for a cameo by the real Larry Flynt, who ironically plays a judge who is anything but dispositioned on letting his fictional self off the hook.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer


Quite a powerful film in regards to the First Amendment which gives us the right of free speech and press which is exactly what this film revolves around. It is the story of Larry Flynt's pornographic films and magazines; most notably Hustler which really made him the entrepreneur he is. Flynt loses the use of his legs due to an assassination attempt confining him to a wheelchair. Woody Harrelson stars as Larry Flynt and turns in a fine piece of character work. The brilliant Edward Norton portrays his lawyer Alan Isaacman which allows for first rate acting on both counts. And I must mention Courtney Love's brilliant portrayal of Flynt's drug addicted wife Althea. I think one thing that gives this film it's strength is that it proves the point of the industry that is often frowned upon, but is within the rights of every citizen should they wish to be involved in it. "If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, it'll protect all of you- 'cause I'm the worst." Larry Flynt

Eric S
Eric S

Super Reviewer

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