Year of Release: 1996
Director: Milos Forman
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson, James Cromwell, Crispin Glover, Vincent Schiavelli, James Carville, Miles Chapin, Donna Hanover
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Milos Forman's career, since its inception in the Czech Republic, has been a celebrated one, though as I mentioned above, not particularly prolific (even considering that the director has ventured into acting a few times, namely in Mike Nichols' "Heartburn"). "The People vs. Larry Flynt" is one of his most interesting films - in a way, it's a film very much anchored in the exposes of the 70s, where the hero is battling stronger forces that are trying to castrate his voice. The film benefits from the truthful story of the polarizing personality that is Larry Flynt, and the diverse array of characters and personalities surrounding him (namely his wife Althea, his attorney Alan, his brother Jimmy and many others). Milos Forman successfully captures the life of Larry Flynt in different stages, from his childhood, through his adult years, and finally formative and battling years. The performances in this film are uniformly excellent, from Woody Harrelson (this is the film that effectively made everyone take him seriously as an actor), Courtney Love and Edward Norton. The beautiful cinematography from Philippe Rousselot should be highlighted, as well as Thomas Newman's score. A great film always worth revisiting.