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The People Vs. Larry Flynt
- Woody Harrelson

Overview - In THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, Milos Forman expertly directs the viewer's sympathy toward Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson in a superb performance): smut peddler, misogynist, and Editor in Chief of the infamous Hustler magazine. Born in the back woods of Appalachia, the young Flynt--in an opening scene that immediately grabs and amuses--is seen selling moonshine as a child to alcoholic hermits.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, Milos Forman expertly directs the viewer's sympathy toward Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson in a superb performance): smut peddler, misogynist, and Editor in Chief of the infamous Hustler magazine. Born in the back woods of Appalachia, the young Flynt--in an opening scene that immediately grabs and amuses--is seen selling moonshine as a child to alcoholic hermits. Flash forward to the 1960s, and he's running a go-go club where he meets the wild (and strangely loveable) Althea Leasure (Courtney Love) who becomes his soul mate and wife. Life is not as sweet as it first seems for the porn king who finds a massive readership for his magazine (the first to show crotch shots). He soon finds himself in the middle of several Supreme Court law suits, and also as an assassin's target. While Flynt's various outrageous meetings with self-righteous Reverend Jerry Falwell (Richard Paul) and devout Christian Ruth Carter Stapleton (President Jimmy Carter's sister, played by Rudolph Giuliani's ex-wife Donna Hanover) are hilarious and smartly pointed, it is perhaps the touching, and ultimately tragic, love story between him and Althea that make him very human, and very interesting to watch.

Cast List

Brett Harrelson - Actor/Woody's Brother
Crispin Glover - American Actor, THE RIVER'S EDGE (1986), BACK TO THE FUTURE
Crispin Hellion Glover - American Actor, THE RIVER'S EDGE (1986), BACK TO THE FUTURE
James Carville - Political Pundit
Milos Forman - Czech director
Tomas Jan - Czech director
Milos Formanova - Czech director
Oliver Stone - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Michael Hausman - Producer/Executive
Thomas Newman - Composer
Donna Hanover - Actress, SERIES 7 (2001)
Woody Harrelson - Woody of TV's "Cheers"
Vincent Schiavelli - Supporting Actor
Courtney Love - Singer, actress
Courtney Love-Cobain - Singer, actress
Scott Alexander - American Screenwriter
S.M. Alexander - American Screenwriter
Edward Norton - Actor/Director
Phillippe Rousselot - French cinematographer, REMEMBER THE TITANS
Janet Yang
James Cromwell - American actor, BABE/L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
Richard Paul
Miles Chapin - American Actor
Larry Karaszewski - Screenwriter, THE PEOPLE VS LARRY FLYNT
L.A. Karaszewski - Screenwriter, THE PEOPLE VS LARRY FLYNT

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 129
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 014381688825
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2010

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Movies > Dramas
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Notes:
Closing film at the 34th New York Film Festival, October 13, 1996. Released theatrically in Los Angeles December 25, 1996, New York City December 27, wide January 10, 1997.

Reviews:
"...A vastly entertaining lesson in the importance of the Fifth Amendment....Along the way, it also tells a poignant and powerful love story, one sparked by a sensational performance by rock star Courtney Love..." - 10/14/1996 Variety


"...The liberatory strength of the film comes from Courtney Love's terrific, all-out performance as Flynt's wife..." - 11/01/1996 Film Comment, p.58-62


"...An exultant comedy of American repression and revolt....A great, liberating movie..." - 01/10/1997 Entertainment Weekly


"...A provocative and engrossing motion picture....Harrelson's intensity and charisma make Flynt magnetic..." - 12/25/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...Love proves she is not a rock star pretending to act, but a true actress, and Harrelson matches her with his portrait of a man who has one thing on his mind..." - 12/27/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33


"...Woody Harrelson is manic and magnetic as Flynt..." - 08/01/2003 Total Film, p.127

 
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