The People vs. Larry Flynt

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Released 1996

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Director:
Milos Forman
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
The People vs. Larry Flynt is the 1996 Oscar-nominated bio-pic by acclaimed director Milos Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and is now available on Crackle.com. Woody Harrelson plays the controversial and outspoken pornography publisher, who's very public indecency trial changed America's laws on freedom of speech. Flynt starts out selling moonshine at age ten in Kentucky. As an adult he and his brother (played by Harrelson's real brother Brett Harrelson) own a failing strip club. In an attempt to boost attendance, Flynt decides to publish a newsletter, advertising the girls from the club, which caused Flynt's first brush with controversy as the pictures were racier than allowed in those days. He decides to turn the newsletter into a magazine and soon gains fame from nude pictures of former first lady Jackie O, thrusting him and his magazine into infamy nationwide. He meets, falls for, and marries an abused stripper named Althea (Courtney Love) who he runs the magazine with. All is well until conservative christian activists call for Flynt's lack of morals to have legal ramifications. The film follows the rise of Hustler magazine leading up to Flynt's epic supreme court trial, while chronicling the breakdown of the famous publisher's life.moreless

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Historical, Biography, Legal