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The People Vs Larry Flynt [VHS] [1997]

4.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover
  • Directors: Milos Forman
  • Writers: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander
  • Producers: George Linardos, Janet Yang, Michael Hausman, Oliver Stone, Scott Ferguson
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Sept. 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CUZO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Milos Forman directs this biographical drama about the controversial life of Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson). Free speech campaigner Larry Flynt made his millions publishing the pornographic magazine 'Hustler' in the 1970s. After making his name as a man who is willing to stand up for his rights, he meets and falls in love with go-go dancer Althea Leasure (Courtney Love). When Flynt is arrested on charges of obscenity and organised crime, his lawyer Alan Isaacman (Edward Norton) unsuccessfully defends him in court, announcing his sentence of 25 years in prison. Released after just five months however, Flynt battles through further lengthy legal proceedings in an attempt to clear his name once and for all.

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Leave it to Czech director Milos Forman (One Flew Over to Cuckoo's Nest) to make the most entertaining and offbeat celebration of the American Constitution ever filmed. You think the First Amendment was designed to protect Americans from offensive speech? Think again. The real glory of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights--as brought to life in this splendidly quirky and alternately reverent and irreverent comedy--is that it ensures everyone's freedom by protecting a whole range of expression, from the banal to the outrageous. Scripted by the writers of Ed Wood (another affectionately twisted biography of a disreputably eccentric entertainment figure), The People vs. Larry Flynt applies a similar sort of exaggerated and telescoped editorial-cartoon sensibility to the wild life and times of Hustler skin-magazine publisher Larry Flynt. It's the great (and fictionalised-but-true) American story of how smut-peddler Flynt--the poor man's redneck Hugh Hefner--ended up appealing a libel case (brought by televangelist Jerry Falwell) to the Supreme Court and winning a major legal victory that affects all Americans. Terrific performances by Woody Harrelson as Flynt, grunge-star-turned-glamour-puss Courtney Love as his wife Althea, and Edward Norton as their lawyer (a composite character). --Jim Emerson

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I did not know anything about Larry Flynt prior to watching this film - I'm afriad the porn industry is not a special interest of mine!! However, this was a really good film and a very powerful interesting insight into a taboo area. The story of the man who founded Hustler, faced off christian organisations and survived assassination attempts is certainly entertaining and there are some stella performances from Courtney Love, Woody H. and Ed Norton tackling some incredibly relevant and difficult issues. The fact it is based on a true account of events makes it all the more interesting. This is definitely worth buying and I would recommend it to all serious film lovers.
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This is the intriguing tale of Larry Flynt & Hustler magazine & how he pioneered porn & adult entertainment in a shocked & naive America, which at the time simply wasn't ready for it. A story filled with triumph & tragedy and how Flynt took on the system, and won.

The cinematography is spot on, the script brilliantly balances tragedy & humour, the dialogue is perfect and the cast is superb with Woody Harrelson putting in a top notch performance with strong support from Edward Norton, not to mention an astonishingly good performance from Courtney Love.

Highly Recommended.
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Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt from 1996 tells the story of Larry Flynt, the creator of porn magazine Hustler.The magazine was too much for some people and Larry was an often seen guest in the court rooms.They made the free speech look like crime.In the late 70's some idiot shot Mr Flynt and he was paralyzed.Woody Harrelson is in one of his best roles playing the porn icon Larry Flynt.The rock lady Courtney Love does very strong role work as Larry's wife Althea Leasure.Edward Norton is brilliant playing Larry's lawyer Alan Isaacman.Larry Flynt himself can be seen in the movie as judge Morrissey.Everything works perfectly in this movie.The acting is superb and it is also very touching in some places.The movie doesn't fail in any point.It keeps your interest on till the very end.Use your freedom to watch The People vs. Larry Flynt.You don't have to like Larry Flynt to like this movie.
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Why settle for the bland mediocrity of boring mainstream films which, irrespective of setting or context, seem to follow a tired old formulaic process of predictable emotional endings? (-establish the characters; create affiliation; hint at a plot; build the tension; throw in some effects; build the tension a bit more; wait for it, wait for it; resolve the tension; roll the credits). Instead, go for real stories. Go for real people. And it doesn't get much more real than this story. A well made and superbly acted film which has some substance to it. Someone once said "if you risk nothing, you do nothing, you are nothing". This film, this real story, is something.
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When i ,got this film for christmas i was expecting an up-beat, funny, laugh a minute, in-sensitive comedy. After all it is about an indecent pornographer. I was plesantley surprised with what i watched. For one it's more of a tounge-in-cheek, touching drama. The story of one man fighting for freedom of speach. All the acting in this is amazing. But it was Courtneys inspiring, touching and funny preformance that blew me away. She starts of a sleazy cluless stripper and turns into a millionares wife. you get to see the witty and sarcastic character go from a beautiful top form rich girl with a millionare husband to an extremly ill, spotty, trashy junkie. It's amazing to see Althea deterirate like this! slowly she changes and its amazing the way Courtney transforms her character. Her character made me laugh, it made me cry! It touched me! It was so so saddening to see what happens to Althea. For this role Milos could of picked any Hollywood big-shot actress, but the picked grungey Courtney. And believe me she does it better than ANY actress. Milos couldn't of picked a better person to play this role. Even if you are not a courtney fan, you have to watch this. if this film doesnt sound like you watch it anyway, just to see courtneys mind blowing preformance... she truly steels the show!!! Thumbs up Courtney! i believe it is the best and most moving preformance from any actress i have ever seen. And that will remain!
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a great adult film , up there with Boogie nights and auto focus . Harrelson and Love are great together and their unconventional love story is particularly moving.Not a film for the pc crowd or the christian moral majority [hence some of the bad reviews posted here]. I loved the portayl of 70s america and the cameo role by Flynt himself playing the judge . Excellent.
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Based on the true story of Larry Flynt played by Woody Harrelson the owner of Hustler magazine by Woody Harrelson. The film follows the trails and tribulations of running an adult magazine in the 70's. Great performance by all the cast along with a great story makes this film appealing. Flynt's colorful lifestyle and his notorious court room scenes are played out well by Harrelson.
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Courtney love is fantastic in this one. Great story too...
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