People vs. Larry Flynt, The*

  • 1996 ----- color ----- 129 min ----- dvd///
  • (Directed by Milos Forman, screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, with Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton) Engrossing saga of an unlikely American "hero'': controversial, self-proclaimed smut peddler Larry Flynt, who starts Hustler magazine in the 1970s and quickly discovers that he must fight for freedom of speech in order to keep it on the newsstands. Presents Flynt's incredible true story of how a backwards backwoods Kentucky boy made a fortune selling smut in the American heartland, was repeatedly jailed for obscenity, paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, got zonked out of his mind on painkillers, and yet wound up with a landmark freedom of speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court. [Full-screen or letterboxed] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Biography, Communications, History: American, Law, Motion Pictures: Features, Sociology)