Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.
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Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt from 1996 tells the story of LarryFlynt, the creator of porn magazine Hustler.The magazine was too much forsome people and Larry was an often seen guest in the court rooms.They madethe free speech look like crime.In the late 70's some idiot shot Mr Flyntand he was paralyzed.Woody Harrelson is in one of his best roles playing theporn icon Larry Flynt.The rock lady Courtney Love does very strong role workas Larry's wife Althea Leasure.Edward Norton is brilliant playing Larry'slawyer Alan Isaacman.Larry Flynt himself can be seen in the movie as judgeMorrissey.Everything works perfectly in this movie.The acting is superb andit is also very touching in some places.The movie doesn't fail in anypoint.It keeps your interest on till the very end.Use your freedom to watchThe People vs. Larry Flynt.You don't have to like Larry Flynt to like thismovie.
The People vs. Larry Flynt is one of those movies that you just expect to befull of tasteless and unnecessary nudity, but that turns out to take itselfa lot more serious than that and ends up being a lot more respectable in theend, kind of like Boogie Nights and not like the Howard Stern movie. Ofcourse, Howard Stern's Private Parts is in a whole separate category frommovies like Boogie Nights and The People vs. Larry Flynt. You can tell justfrom the title that the Howard Stern movie does not expect to be takenseriously. Howard wants to tell his story in the same 4th-grade humor waythat he runs his radio show, but The People vs. Larry Flynt is a movie thatwants to tell the story of Larry Flynt in a way that presents his life andhis struggles with the religious and moral right in a much more serious way.Sure, he wears to court everything from diapers made of the American flag tot-shirts that say `F*CK THIS COURT,' and does everything from spitting watereverywhere to throwing oranges at the judge, but at the same time, the movieas a whole takes the story that it's telling very seriously, which is whatmakes this such a good film. Larry Flynt, as is one of the overall points ofthe entire film, is not what every American citizen would call an admirableman, but he is protected under the Constitution of the United States just asmuch as everyone else is. What we get in this film is the story of Flynt'sstruggle to prove that he has the right to say and do something that anotherperson or group of people might not like or may find offensive. The filmargues through the story of Larry Flynt against censorship and for the rightto choose for ourselves. That is a fundamental right promised to Americansunder the constitution, and Larry Flynt's profession tests the limits ofthat law.Besides being a look into the true workings and limits of the Constitution,the film presents a much more in-depth look into the life of Larry Flynthimself than just about anyone would otherwise have seen. This is a complexman that has had a rough life, and whether you agree with his lifestyle andhis products or not, it sucks to realize that he's been through so much andis still seen by the American public in such a negative way. This man wasshot by a sniper and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, andthe only thing that most people think about him is that he's the biggestpervert in the country because he makes his living selling pornography. Ihave no sympathy for him being considered a pervert, because if I learnedanything about him from this movie, it's that it doesn't bother him in theslightest to be considered a pervert, but no one should have to be stuck ina wheelchair. Just wondering my entire life who did it would be enough todrive me insane. It's not easy to make a good legal thriller. I wouldn't exactly call ThePeople vs. Larry Flynt a legal thriller, but there is definitely a lot ofthrilling legal content in the film. Edward Norton's role as Flynt'sattorney, Alan Isaacman, doesn't even begin to compare to some of his laterroles (such as his towering performances in movies like American History Xand Primal Fear), but he successfully captures the young attorney who hasfound himself involved with an out of control client who behaves like he'sabove the law throughout much of his legal proceedings. Courtney Lovedelivers a shockingly convincing performance as Althea Flynt, Larry'sincreasingly sickly wife, showing the world that she has some talent as anactor and is not just trying to make up for her lack of much talent as amusician. The People vs. Larry Flynt is not a curiosity piece just because it dealswith such a powerful and famous pornographer, but is rather a fascinatingbiography of this man mixed with the presentation of his involvement withAmerican laws and politics. As Flynt states in the film just before thefinal verdict is released, `If the First Amendment will protect me, then itwill protect all of you. Because I'm the worst.' Maybe not the most eloquentor noble thing to say, but it's definitely true.
OK a lot of what Larry Flint stand for is bad taste - but this is anundeniably good film. I've read a lot of the bad reviews of this filmon this site and a lot of them have a political slant - they simplydidn't like the idea of porn or Mr Flint himself. Fair enough, but thatshould not influence a review.Anyway, I really enjoyed this film, as did my girlfriend, because it isnot only interesting but is also a dialectic on exactly what freedom ofexpression really means. It also hangs a question mark over whatAmerica (and most of the world) considers obscene - Images of love(sex) v. images of war (death). It also argues strongly that in orderto have freedom of expression, that means we all have to put up withthings that we consider bad taste.Courtney Love puts in an excellent performance (as a drug-addledslapper - actually one could argue she has been method acting for thisrole for 20 years) as does the consistently brilliant Ed Norton. Highlyrecommended.
I bought this movie not to long ago and think it is excellent. Great performances by Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton. A must see for supporters of our first amendment rights and open minded people. Peoply need to open their minds and quit seeing Larry Flynt the man and see Larry Flynt crusader for first amendment rights.
I thought this was a really good movie. Woody Harelson deserved hisGoldenGlobe ?? Why not an Oscar ??Edward Norton deserved his share 2. He is also a fabulous actor. I lovedhisperformance in American History X. Not that I'm a racist. Okey okey.Figureit out.
P VS L.F. was a thoroughly entertaining movie,that i'd recommend to anyone who isn't offended easily (strong christians, people scared of the naked human body), it was very funny, sad at times, especially dealing with flint's wife. Has good replay value, you'll won't get bored of this movie. It Deals alot with protection of unpopular speech, which is relevent today too, with people like eminem and other musicians who are targeted for what they say.
This review is from: The People vs. Larry Flynt (Amazon Instant Video) There's a love story here. One that proves love in and of itself is more important than money. It's too bad Larry had to lose his legs to find it. Great movie. One of my all time favorites
Well very rarely do you find movies where every single cast memberperformed well Â and this is no exception. A great movie and a greatstory and never failed to deviate from it's plot Â being a biographicalmovie. Woody Harrelson's performance was OK- however in multiple scenesit seemed as if he deliberately had food in his mouth, so that he couldsound more like the Larry Flynt Â that was quite distinguishable. Theperson who I was most impressed with was Courtney Love who gave astriking performance as Althea Leisure Â Flynt's stripper bride Â thatperformance was Oscar worthy. Edward Norton also gave a goodperformance as Flyn'ts lawyer. This is a movie which I would recommendfor anyone who wants to watch a really great drama Â but if your targetis chick flicks- don't bother.
I think Forman has been out of the movie business for so long that he'sout of touch; he must have thought that the only available "actresses"or candidates to play a major female role were ugly, talentless whorewidows of dead rock stars. I mean, how else can we explain the castingof Courtney Love (and what kind of a dumb name is that...? Her realname must be Deirdre Wiley)? The role of Flint's wife was a good role,and there are real actresses out there that should have been hired forthe job. Not that she was bad - she was mediocre. And any of thoseso-called film-critics out there who thought her "performance" wasterrific shouldn't forget two things: 1) it's easy to make the audiencefeel sorry for a pathetic junkie HIV person, and 2) playing a patheticwhore junkie couldn't have been much of a stretch for her, now couldit; this woman has built her whole career on being a dumb whore junkie.Another thing about Deirdre: this nauseatingly ugly eight-foot-fourmonster has the kind of awful body that rapists would steer clear from;her legs and arms are bony in the most scary sense of the word, and hersmall, immobile silicon breasts aren't too much of a pretty sight,either. Her first scene in the movie - as a nearly underage stripper -is RIDICULOUS. She has the kind of body that wouldn't land her a job inthe most run-down white-trash strip joints somewhere in the middle ofAlabama. Plus, she doesn't look anything like an underage girl (orthereabouts) in that scene: she looks like she's at least in hermid-twenties.As far as the film itself is concerned, the big question is just howtruthful and unbiased Forman's portrayal of the characters and theallegedly true events really is. I really wouldn't know since I am notall-too familiar with Flint, apart from seeing him in the occasionalinterview, and the rumour (or fact) that he sodomized a chicken once.So how biased is it (the film, not the chicken)? Judging fromHollywood's past record on bias, the movie must be extremely one-sided,and more fiction than fact. (Nothing new there, unless you're agullible fool.) The film's title itself already suggests whose side thefilm takes - making Larry Flint seem like a martyr - not to mention thefact that he was actively involved in the making of it (which includeda cameo as a judge, where he lay rest to any hopes that he can act - ifthere were any such hopes among anyone).Having said that, I have absolutely no qualms about the film poking funat organized religion (or any kind of religion, for that matter). Oneof the most amusing moments in the film is when Harrelson says 'no'when asked in court to swear to tell the truth, under oath. He explainsthat he is an atheist, so he can't do it. In fact, there is no doubtthat the highlights of the film all lie in the scenes that take placein court; these scenes are humorous, and wonderfully ridicule thetrials themselves, and the entire judicial system as a whole (theformality, the ludicrousness of it all). However, Forman createssuspicion that he comes from Mars; he sincerely expects the audience tocare about rich and depraved white-trash freaks. Sorry, but apart fromthe HIV and the shooting incident I really don't feel sorry for any ofthose people, and that includes the helpless lawyer, well-played byNorton. Harrelson is quite solid, but not terrific. Casting him makesmore sense than casting Richard Gere, but even he is still far toopretty to play a Jabba the Hut-like character such as Flint. And thecasting of James Carville provides another major annoyance to me; thisman is one of America's most notorious left-wingers, and he clearlycan't act - not even under an experienced (though a little rusty)director. Casting liberal mutants like Carville only serves to make thefilm appear even more biased than it already seems to be. The rest ofthe cast is partly good, and partly not so good. Overall, I expect theacting to be on a somewhat higher level from a director who enjoys thekind of reputation that Forman seems to have.
I've actually watched this movie twice now and enjoyed it the second time as much as I did the first. This is sort of strange because before the first viewing I came fully prepared not to like this movie. I had of course heard about it and of course knew something of the subject matter having followed the Flynt odyssey through the press as it unfolded over the years. To begin with, two of the primary characters being portrayed in this movie, i.e. Larry Flint and Jerry Falwell are right at the top of my list of guys I would be least likely to hang-out with in real life. To be quite frank, I am not an admirer of either...and that is putting it mildly.Well I was wrong. This is actually a very good movie with some of the best acting I have seen in quite some time. Woody Harralson's portrayal of Flint is rather amazing and I feel a good argument could be made that it is Harralson's best so far in his rather strange career. I am normally not a big fan of Woody's, but I have to tell you that he won me over in this one. Courtney Love plays Flynt's wife and turns in a performance that will absolutely haunt you. The chemistry between Harralson and Love simply leaps from the screen. Both have their part nailed perfectly.Now in many ways this is not an easy film to watch. Potential viewers should be warned that there are quite a number of rather raw and graphic sex scenes in this one and that there is some rather harsh language. I suppose this was necessary when you consider the subject matter. This is not really an objection on my part, only a warning. Also, many people consider Larry Flint a truly despicable person. I cannot say that my opinion of him is all that high but I do have to admire him for standing up for all of us and taking his lumps like a man in his battle over free speech. Rather than focus on my feelings for both Flint and indeed, Falwell, I focused on the movie and found it to be well made, entertaining, in a rather perverse way, and most certainly unforgettable. The acting alone in this one, including all of the supporting cast, is some of the best I have seen in any movie is quite some time. Each and every player did their part perfectly and realistically. Overall while the subject may be distasteful to some, if you try to be objective, most will find this a very good film.Don BlankenshipThe Ozark
Larry Flynt is the owner of a small strip joint decides to use an extendedflyer with nudie pictures to promote the club. When it seems to go downquite well he tries a bigger print, only to have it struggle to sell.However when he gets access to nude pictures of the first lady it turns hismagazine into an overnight success. But with success comes persecution -from the moral majority at first and then from the law. So begins the firstof many trials and court cases where Flynt and his lawyer defend themagazine's content on the grounds of free speech. This is a fascinating film that manages to be interesting,thought-provoking and fun all at more or less the same time. The film tellsthe true story of Larry Flynt in a very fast paced film that focuses more onthe issue of free speech than it does on the content of Hustler magazine.In this regard the film works pretty well, even it is pretty clear whichside of the argument it comes down on. For this reason the film will likelyput off those who are anti-pornography for to call this film sympathetic isto really do down the sheer whitewashing it does. In one of the early casesin the film Isaacman (the lawyer) basically says that it doesn't matterwhether or not you like what Flynt does, but you do need to defend the rightfor him to do it. In a way this film would have been better if it had takenit's own advice and taken a slightly more objective view of Flynt. It shows this bias in the rather jokey tone of the film, the casting of thegood looking Harrelson and the fact that the film never gives the objectorsto his magazine a fair break in terms of how they are presented. For mymoney though, this was a minor problem because the bias is clear for all tosee and it maybe affects how the `true events' are presented but doesn'ttake away from the validity of it's points on freedom of speech. The onlything that is clear is that this is maybe not the best film to come to ifyou want a balanced view of this man. Pornographer or patriot? You won't getthe answer here - or rather you will get the answer but it won't be abalanced one. The upside of this bias is that the film is surprisingly funto watch considering the material. This sense of fun is also helped by a pretty great cast. Harrelson isnothing like Flynt in terms of looks and his casting is part of the film'sspin, but he does a good job in the lead and his Flynt is OTT andunconcerned with the constitution unless he can use it to defend himself -not exactly a balanced view but it gets better towards the end. Love ishardly a great actress but she is very good here and is very convincing inher gradual descent into drug addiction etc. In yet another greatperformance (in his second film) Norton plays it balanced and pretty muchsteals each scene he is in and really makes the court cases a lot moreenjoyable when Harrelson's histrionics threaten to make them too silly tosupport the free speech argument. The film very much belongs to Harrelsonand Norton but the support cast is good and includes good turns from manywell known faces including Cromwell, Glover, Schiavelli and Flynt himself. Overall this is not a perfect film - far from it. It is too biased andunwilling to actually consider that both sides have points to make - insteadof looking at the limitations of free speech it chooses to spin Flynt as apatriot and the moral majority as a bunch of fascists. Despite this it isgreat fun to watch if a little overlong. Harrelson is fun to watch andNorton's great performance carries the message side of the film perfectly -keeping it light and fitting the tone but without cheapening the point. Ascharacter history I suspect it is rather kind, and objective it is not butit is an interesting, funny film that will provoke thought (even if it couldhave really asked more questions itself).
There's a lot to like about this film, namely Milos Forman and WoodyHarrelson. But there's one major flaw: Courtney Love. I haven't figuredoutwhy she's been given such great reviews for her performance. She plays adrug-addicted slut locked into a destructive, co-dependent relationship,sucking whatever fame and glory she can from her successful husband. Thatwasn't much of a stretch for her acting-wise, now was it?I was looking forward to Forman's "Man in the Moon" until I heard Courtneywas going to be in it. Check out Nick Broomfield's fabulous documentary"Kurt & Courtney" if you want to see super bitch in all herglory.
Larry Flint was a victim of the Right ring, yes I said it the right wing, they do the same things as us left wingners only they petend to be so bloody wonderful. Larry Flint is a idol for freedom of speech. I saw this a few day ago on HBO. I Didn't watch the start of it. I love the good fight that Larry was trying to win and he will win at the end of the movie. To some Larry was a sleze bag but aren't well all, only Larry was mostly a victim. For once Courtney Love was in a good movie, I haven't seen much of them but will one day soon watch her stuff. This movie is a good movie I am good at writing reviews like some. The acting was good the actors really go into the part of film. It did make me feel sick when they were shooting up herion. I don't like neddles. I am going to tell people to watch this movie. I want to watch more left wing films. My favoite part of this movie is when Larry is giving the SEX OR WAR speech. Its ok for volince to be on tv such as the those horrid Saw movies. But people freak out about eroctia.
A great example of what America ultimately stands for. Not a fan of Larry F, but loved what he stood for. However, a bit concerned for those of u who have daughtersfor larry to take advantage of... otherwise, great movie
Movies like Amadeus or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest wouldn't be comparedto this film. But the fact is that this film would be one of the best of1996. Larry Flynt, who is he? He's actually the maker of Hustler magazine. Idon't know if I like him. I think I actually hate him. But the freedom ofspeech should be applied to Hustler too. If Play Boy had some sexy nudity,Penthouse had something plus alpha. And when Penthouse had plus alpha,Hustler had some gross, and yet disgusting pictures on that magazine. Somemay be offended, but it's a free country. Everyone says that, and everyonewants that. But why only to Flynt? Nice humor, jokes, and acting. As I saidbefore, it wouldn't be Forman's best, but it still would remain as anexcellent movie. I give it 3.5 out of 5.
About three quarters of the way through The People vs. Larry Flynt, WoodyHarrelson (Flynt) looks at his lawyer and explains why he is the perfectclient. `I'm the most fun, I'm rich and I'm always in trouble', he jokes,and there is probably no better tagline for Milos Forman's unauthorizedbiography of the second most notorious smut-peddler inAmerica.The People vs. Larry Flynt is a three act film. Part biography, partcourtroom drama and part love story, the life of this incredible man and hisfights with the courts over the freedom of speech amendment is anotherfeather in the cap for already acclaimed director Forman (Amadeus). The story begins with the Flynt brothers selling moonshine to local yokelsand follows their rise through their investment in a bar with nude dancers. This ultimately becomes the turning point in Larry's life as it was here heboth meets his future wife, Althea Leasure (played by rocker Courtney Love)and also has his first notion of what would become known as Hustlermagazine. Not long after the magazines initial launch, Flynt found himself in apublishers' wet dream when he receives photos of former first lady JackieOnasis in the nude while staying at a European villa. The inclusion ofthese photos doubled the circulation of Hustler magazine and made Larry botha popular celebrity and also a target of angst among the Biblebelt southernUnited States. After Larry leaves the courtroom where he fought off attacks on his rudepictorials, he and his lawyer are shot by an unknown gunman. The result ofthe attack would leave Larry paralyzed from the waist down, and begin hisdrug dependency that would keep him paranoid and in his mansion for threeyears.The film then follows Larry through his operations, his addictions, hisconstant court battles and the death of his wife to AIDS in the mid-1980's. Actually, it seems that there isn't much of Larry's extraordinary life thathit the cutting room floor. Intertwined, but essential in story developmentare Flynt's relationship with Ruth Carter Stapelton, his conversion toreligion, the infamous Iacocca cocaine tapes and his legal battles withreligious figures, in particular, the reverend Jerry Falwell, who objectsgreatly when Hustler lampoons him having sex with his mother.This may all seem to be a little much to keep within the frames of the samefilm, but Milos Forman does an excellent job of keeping pace and ourinterest in the many characters that are paraded through Flynt's life. But giving credit where credit is due, the acting of the major leads waswhat gave the film so much life. Woody Harrelson who was on the tail end ofhis seventh film in three years, does an exceptional job as Flynt and waslater nominated for an Academy Award for his masterful performance. Equallyentertaining and gripping in her depiction of Althea was the untestedCourtney Love, who may have had bit parts in five films previous to Peoplevs. Larry Flynt, but never before was she counted upon for carrying such anemotional load. Even the very young Edward Norton, cast before his breakoutperformance in Primal Fear, does a superb job. Note: the DVD reveals twointeresting casting points, one being that some of the cast and productioncrew had to front their own money to get Courtney insured due to herreputation as a drug addict, and that Woody was in the running for Flyntwith funnyman Bill Murray.Released in 1997, The People vs. Larry Flynt was one of those rare times inHollywood history where a director was nominated for his film, but the moviefailed to garnish a Best Film Oscar nomination. Some felt this was due to aless than flattering article by Gloria Steinem and her opinions of how themovie tries to make a saint out of a pornographer. Awards or not, The People vs. Larry Flynt is an exceptional film. On mostcritics lists as one of the best of the year, the film shows how one manstood up to the establishment and paved the way for many in his wake. Likehim or hate him, we all owe Larry Flynt thanks for proving through thecourts that every man has the legal right to his freedom of speech. Welldone.
I admit I enjoyed this movie because it tells an interesting story of oneman's fight for free speech. Nonetheless, it doesn't make Larry Flynt ahero in any way. In Canada, we get a version of Hustler that's quitedifferent from the U.S. version. We can't sell the U.S. version herebecause it's considered too obscene. As a devoted Catholic, I'm againstpornography in all its forms.For example, wouldn't you be shocked if you looked at a cartoon in a 1976edition of Hustler that shows a Santa Claus with an extremely largepenis?Larry, if you ever come to Canada, don't expect us to roll out the welcomemat for you!
The movie is GREAT. GOOD cast GREAT crew and the story is entertaining andmoving. Some parts will make you laugh other cry and others will make youmad. It is a great move all in all. Four Stars! and was robbed at the Oscarsby AN ENGLISH BORE. Larry Flynt is a hero! If you liked the movie read hisbook and you will find out how great Larry Flynt is. He is a ruch guy whostood against the corrupt government.
I didn't know too much about the man that was Larry Flynt before the other night. I new he was the man behind 'Hustler' but that was about it. Watching this surprisingly tastfully done biopic on the man opened my eyes to what he stood for. Pulling himself out of nothing, Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson) stood up for the rights of every American when he fought for the publication of his magazine. Starting out the owner of an exotic dance club but looking for more he started a newsletter advertising his 'girls', but after his little side project took off running it was apparent where his big break was going to fall. The film follows Flynt throughout his life, from his marriage to dancer Althea (Courtney Love) who is just as excited about his magazine as he is, to his arrest's and constant battles with the court over the right to publish 'smut' as they called it.His legal battles are really where the meat of this film lies for is really shows the hypocrisy of the legal system. They were forcing opinions on citizens instead of inforcing law. There was no law against the publication of porn, but it went against what many people belived to be good morals. As Flynt so noted, he was guilty of nothing but bad taste.As the film progresses we see the aftermath of a shooting gone wrong, a man obviously upset over the magazine shot Larry outside of the courthouse paralizing him from the waist down. This has to of course be a terrible blow to a man obsessed with sex. Just before the shooting Larry was starting to turn over a new leaf after being converted the Christianity. He was trying to turn his magazine around (even though he ended up making it worse) but after the shooting he swore off god altogether and became athiest. Through the course of the next three years he and his wife became addicted to pain killers and his wife ended up suffering the fatal price when she was diagnosed with AIDS. The film shows beautifully, as well as heartbreakingly, Larry's devotion to his ailing wife and there illicit love affair that was in all sense of the word genuine.The film helps show the triumph of the everyman as he battles for the freedoms we all enjoy and is relentless in doing so. He's not doing this for the money or the fame but to prove that we all want the same thing. It doesn't matter whether we agree with what this man did or what he promoted, for theres not one of us who doesn't enjoy the freedom we have in this country, and all Larry Flynt wanted was the right to enjoy that freedom as well. What this film proved, and better yet what Larry's life proved, is that once you start taking away the freedoms of one person based on our own viewpoints we start to limit ourselves and everyone around us. If we started punishing those who didn't think like us the world would be a much colder place.Now what needs to be mentioned, and what makes a film like this so great, is the brilliant acting on the part of the entire cast, from Harrelson's brilliant take on Larry Flynt to Edward Norton's turn as his cautious lawyer. I wholeheartedly agree that Woody should have won the Oscar for this, for there is no one else that could have pulled this off the way he did. Courtney Love is another cast memeber who deserves heeps of praise for her scene stealing performance as Larry's bisexual, drug addict wife. Her performance blew me away with her commiment and dedication to her role. She was the def. of commanding and stole every scene out from under Woody's feet. I believe Courtney to be a huge star, and if she would only harness that drive she showed in this film then she could be much further then she is now. As a whole, in everyway, this is a great film that is about so much more than 'porn' but about growth and the fight for the American dream!
This film is about a porn magazine guru fighting for his freedom ofspeech and freedom of press against the state and religious leaders.It is for sure that this film is not easy to make. It is difficult tohave a balanced portrayal on this topic. Pornography is tainted withmoral issues, and hence this film is likely to be judged on the groundsof morality than its cinematic achievements.I find this film strong and persuasive. The pace is very fast, which isa change from the usual courtroom drama. The choice of Edward Norton asthe barrister is interesting. He was a newcomer at that time, and helooked too young and fresh for a barrister. However, his speeches andhis performances in the film are impressive. There are many memorablescenes in the film, the most striking one is Larry Flynt discoveringhis wife's body. The emotions are piercing to say the least. I enjoyedthis film a lot. It is a drama packed, intense film.