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The People Vs. Larry Flynt

The People Vs. Larry Flynt

Released Sep 01st, 2003
Director Milos Forman
Company Columbia Pictures
Cast Courtney Love, Crispin Glover, Donna Hanover, Miles Chapin, Richard Paul, James Carville, Vincent Schiavelli, Burt Neuborne, James Cromwell, Brett Harrelson, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson
Critical Rating Not Yet Rated
Genre Alternative



In an industry where forming a consensus is as tricky herding cats, Larry Flynt consistently draws a standing O (as in ovation, not orgasm) among the jaded and fractionalized pornographers of the business.


His ability to unify comes from the dues he's paid, with interest. Compressing Flynt's life into two hours, The People vs. Larry Flynt reminds society what the Hustler publisher paid financially and personally in his transformation from a strip club owner to First Amendment icon. But the movie demonstrates that, as much as some would like to think that porn exists in an alternate magazine, the adult industry intersects into the realms of mainstream political and social circles, from Hustlers clashes with the Religious Right's Jerry Falwell and Charles Keating (better known for the Lincoln Savings and Loan scandal of the late '80s).


Though the movie takes liberties with actual events, the picture, directed by Oscar-winner Milos Forman, revolves around Flynt's fight for free speech. Backed by a cast that includes notables such as Woody Harrelson, Edward Norton and James Cromwell, it also features Democratic political strategist James Carville, the story is well-told and entertaining.


Extras for the disc include audio commentaries by the writers, and another with Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton. Free Speech or Porn?, a making-of featurette that compares the movie with actual events, gives insight those who might not be well-acquainted with the events and features the real-life players including Falwell. Larry Flynt Exposed delves into Flynt's life is narrated by Dennis Hopper and features Flynt, Jimmy Flynt and industry photographer Suze Randall, among others. The inclusion of the extras is a vast improvement on the original 1997 issue of the DVD.


An important movie for anyone involved in adult or free speech and a must-stock for retailers who also carry mainstream titles.


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