The movie is a 1996 classic production based on the real-life story of Larry Flynt, a highly controversial magazine publisher. Oscar Nominee, Milos Forman directed the movie. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the story. Thomas Newman composed music. The movie was produced by Michael Hausman, Oliver Stone, and Janet Yang. It also involved Scott Ferguson and George Linardos as associate producers.
The movie The People vs. Larry Flynt was filmed in California, Tennessee, and Mississippi, the USA between 12th of February, 1996 and 27th of April, 1996. The cinematography was done by Philippe Rousselot and edited by Christopher Tellefsen.
The movie was first premiered on the 13th of October, 1996, at the New York Film Festival. It was later officially released on the 10th of January, 1997.
It was produced under the Columbia Pictures, in association with, Filmhaus, Illusion Entertainment, Ixtlan, Janet Yang Productions, and Phoenix Pictures production banner. Columbia Pictures distributed the film, with the Universal Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing, and several other distribution companies. The People vs. Larry Flynt bagged 22 awards out of 35 nominations. Notably, in 1997, Woody Harrelson (Larry Flynt) was nominated for an Oscar Award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ along with Milos Forman as ‘Best Director.’
Francine Maisler was in charge of the casting for this movie. The movie starred a pornography magazine publisher, Larry Flynt, played by Woody Harrelson, his wife, Althea Leasure Flynt, by Courtney Love and his young lawyer, Alan Isaacman, by Edward Norton.
Other characters in the movie include Jimmy Flynt by Brett Harrelson, Ruth Carter Stapleton by Donna Hanover, Charles Keating by James Cromwell, Arlo by Crispin Glover, Chester by Vincent Schiavelli, Miles by Miles Chapin, Simon Leis by James Carville, and several others.
After several failed attempts at making money with his brother, Flynt (Woody Harrelson) decides to publish his first Hustler magazine with pornographic content. His sales sky-rocketed when he featured nude pictures of the ex-first lady of the USA, Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
Flynt later got together with Althea Leasure (Courtney Love), a stripper in one of his clubs. With success comes enemies. Flynt’s enemies did come, more than he was prepared for. He soon found himself in the spotlight of an anti-pornography activist movement. Flynt began to frequent the courtrooms due to multiple charges ranging from libel to emotional distress. Flynt pulled several stunts in the courtroom; he threw an orange at a judge, wore the American flag as an adult diaper, and portrayed other provocative messages. In a unanimous Supreme Court decision, Flynt got acquainted for an original libel and emotional distress suit. Flynt spent his last days alone after his dear wife died in a bathtub, having drowned.