• The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

The People vs. Larry Flynt

Release Date: December 25th, 1996

DVD Release Date: November 11th, 1997

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

Pursued by opponents who say his "Hustler" magazine breaks decency laws, pornographer Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson) hires lawyer Alan Isaacman (Edward Norton) to help fight his legal battles. A zealot shoots the men near a Georgia courthouse, and though Flynt discovers he'll never walk again, his fighting spirit -- like his love for stripper Althea Leasure (Courtney Love) -- stays strong. Ultimately, the unlikely free speech warrior takes his biggest case to a showdown at the Supreme Court.

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Ed Norton, James Cromwell, Crispin Glover, James Carville, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover

Director: Milos Forman

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Phoenix Pictures, Illusion Entertainment, Ixtlan Corporation

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Columbia Tristar

Keywords: Melodramatic, Love, 1970s, Judge, 1950s, Fascinating, Creative, Transformation, Underdog, 1980s, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Forman finesses the story's grimmer aspects as he did in "Cuckoo's Nest," and his ability to switch moods on a dime remains unsurpassed. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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, and never changes it. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    There's a gentleness and open-mindedness in that touch and throughout the film that's a little at odds with the shallower script. But, in the end, that humanity pays. [27 Dec 1996]

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Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama