Controversy surrounded director Forman's look at unrepentant pornographer and Hustler Magazine publisher, Larry Flynt (Harrelson). While feminists decried what they saw as a whitewash of Flynt's career, Forman insisted his movie was about Flynt's legal battles concerning the First Amendment and freedom of speech. If you can set aside your prejudices, you'll find a master storyteller at work and some great performances from Harrelson as Flynt, Love as his drug-addicted and ultimately tragic wife Althea, and Norton as Flynt's sometimes impatient attorney, Alan Isaacman, who does get his big moment before the U.S. Supreme Court (his speeches are taken from actual court transcripts).
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 130 minutes.
Golden Globes 1997: Director (Forman), Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics 1996: Support. Actor (Norton); Natl. Bd. of Review 1996: Support. Actor (Norton); N.Y. Film Critics 1996: Support. Actress (Love).
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