ACMI Identifier
308208
Title
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Creator & Role
Entertainment Distributors Company, distributor
Ixtlan, production company
Oliver Stone, co-producer
Janet Yang, co-producer
Michael Hausman, co-producer
Milos Forman, director
Place of Production
United States
Creation Date
1997
Colour
Colour
Sound / Audio
Sound
Duration
02:09:00
Language
English
Description
This is the story of the rise and rise of a self-confessed "smut-peddler", Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson) and his wife Althea (Courtney Love) and his building of a publishing empire, of which "Hustler" magazine is the figurehead. Along the way Flynt gets dragged to court by several exponent of the religious right, intent on defending the "decent folks". At every turn, Larry fights back, using a tactic of high antics and retreat behind the "First Amendment". Courted by the Pentecostal movement and Ruth Carter (Jimmy's sister) played by Donna Hannover, he finally converts, only to give his campaign for "free speech and porn for all" the overtones of a crusade. The true life story of Larry Flynt is rich in sex, drugs, making money - and an assassination attempt. Who is Larry Flynt: a hedonistic, obnoxious pornograph or or an unlikely freedom of speech campaigner whose ardour is only tamed by drug addiction, mental illness, and Althea's failing health? This film won two Oscar nominations to Forman and Harrelson. Winner of Golden Bear, Berlin - 1997. Includes cameos by Larry Flynt, James Carville (former Clinton '91 campaing director) and Donna Hannover.
Audience Classification
M (15+)
Form
Feature films
Feature films/Feature films - United States
Genre
Biographical
Subject Group
Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons/Trials in motion pictures
Literature/Publishers and publishing
Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV/Pornography
Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV/Biographical films
Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV/Film festivals - Germany - Berlin - Awards
Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry/Publishers and publishing
People/Carville, James
People/Biographical films
Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology/Freedom of speech
Holdings
VHS; Access Print (Section 1)