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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.

Product Details
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
  • UPC: 043396824560

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Genre:Dramas
Format:Laserdisc

eBay Product ID: EPID3257574

Editorial 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..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (10/14/1996)

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

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

"...A provocative and engrossing motion picture....Harrelson's intensity and charisma make Flynt magnetic..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/25/1996)

"...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..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/27/1996)

"...Woody Harrelson is manic and magnetic as Flynt..."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (08/01/2003)

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Created: 03/10/09

The People Vs. Larry Flynt

n 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.

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Created: 01/21/08

the people vs. larry flynt

I think woody harrelson is a terrific actor as is edward norton. The movie has always been one of my favorites and i recommend it to anyone especially fans on the 1st amendment.

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Created: 07/23/07

Art Imitates Life

I absolutely love this movie. Anything that's based on a true story, I like. Courtney Love is actually great at portraying a druggie/slut. The story is awesome, and I've seen it quite a few times already! 2 thumbs up!

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Created: 03/28/10

The People Vs. Larry flynt

I love this movie! Courtney Love gives an Oscar-nominanted performance, Edward Norton owns role as much as Woodie Harrleson does--I highly recommend it. It was extremely hard to find in the stores, which is why I ordered it! glad to find it. Thank you

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Created: 02/17/08

loved it when it came out love it now great movie

i think it is a great movie because someone was fighting to keep our rights which we need more of i think the movie was excellent nothing to complain about very realistic i bought this movie so my wife could watch it and she also loved it

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