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Sweet Liberty (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 16 May 1986 (USA)
After selling the rights of his book to a movie production company, a writer finds himself fighting the many egos and varying views around him.

Director:

Alan Alda

Writer:

Alan Alda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Michael Burgess
Michael Caine ... Elliott James
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Faith Healy
Bob Hoskins ... Stanley Gould
Lise Hilboldt ... Gretchen Carlsen
Lillian Gish ... Cecelia Burgess
Saul Rubinek ... Bo Hodges
Lois Chiles ... Leslie
Linda Thorson ... Grace James
Diana Agostini Diana Agostini ... Nurse (as Diane Agostini)
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Film Crew Member
Alvin Alexis Alvin Alexis ... Male Student
Christopher Bregman Christopher Bregman ... Running Boy
Leo Burmester ... Hank
Cynthia Burr Cynthia Burr ... Assistant Cameraperson
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Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the movie rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very infatuated with Faith, who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen, and his girlfriend who is talking about commitment. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Michael Burgess wrote a book about the American Revolution. Now, Hollywood's come to his town to make a movie of it -- Plunging him into a summer of madness.

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Trivia

The scene showing Sir Michael Caine stealing and flying the Aerospatiale (now Eurocopter) AS355 helicopter, to take a lady for a spontaneous ride, was done by dressing up veteran movie pilot Al Cerullo as the woman, who then flew the helicopter on camera. See more »

Goofs

Michael Caine and Lois Chiles go up in a helicopter alone. Several shots establishes them being the only people in it. However, when they've landed and get out of the helicopter, the hand of a third person is briefly visible within the helicopter. See more »

Quotes

[Stanley is trying to check into his hotel]
Stanley Gould: I have to get right to my suite. I'm the writer.
Stuntman: So? I'm the stunt coordinator.
Stanley Gould: So you can fall down later - I have writing that can't wait.
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, the film was cut by 2 seconds to get a "PG" for cinema release and removed one mouthed use of the word 'fuck'. The 15 rated video and 12-rated DVD releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

References Match Game (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Hawkeye and the American Revolution
3 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was not too much of a strain for Alan Alda to do Sweet Liberty as his character of Hawkeye Pierce from MASH stepped right from the small screen to the big. Imagine Hawkeye as an American history professor writing a book on the southern theater of the American Revolution and you've got a start to Sweet Liberty.

Alda has not only written a book, but it was so good that he got some big bucks from Hollywood for the screen rights. And the company is going to film on location in North Carolina where Alda teaches history at a college and where he participates in the annual recreation of the Battle of Cowpens. But one read of what the Hollywood writers have done to his work and he's ready to sue.

Well that's not going to work because they've got the contract and the lawyers to back them up. How to salvage his work, for that he turns to screenwriter Bob Hoskins to help him navigate the ways of the movie business jungle. Hoskins too would like to see his name on something worthwhile and maybe Academy Award winning.

This involves Alda wooing in a different way stars of the film Michael Caine and Michelle Pheiffer. Caine is quite a wooer himself and the best performance from the supporting cast is that of Lois Chiles who plays Caine's wife who's decided he's been on too long a leash.

But in the scenes he's in Bob Hoskins truly steals Sweet Liberty. He's the quintessential Hollywood man who drags Alan Alda along through the highways and byways of movie speak. Saul Rubinek is also good as a most harassed and egotistical director.

I would like to have seen more of Lillian Gish playing Alda's dotty mother who wants to hook up with a bricklayer she had a LONG ago fling with. It's that way with Alzheimer's patients they remember something from ages ago, but not what they had for dinner yesterday. All I can say was the sex must have been fabulous.

Sweet Liberty is nice sparkling comedy about the business of making movies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Liberty - What a Liberty See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,160,891, 18 May 1986

Gross USA:

$14,205,021

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,205,021
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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