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Mr. Freedom (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 8 January 1969 (France)
Mr. Freedom is an all-American superhero that destroys everyone who even remotely disagrees with imperialism. The film accounts his latest assignment to save France from being taken over by the commies.

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Marie-Madeleine
John Abbey ...
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Dr. Freedom (as Don Pleasence)
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Dick Sensass
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M. Drugstore
Yves Lefebvre ...
Jacques Occident
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Freddie Fric
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Herself
Colin Drake
Pierre Baillot
Raoul Billerey
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Moujik Man
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Christ
Catherine Rouvel ...
Marie-Rouge
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Mr. Freedom is a pro-American Right superhero who fights for God and country by beating, robbing, raping, and killing anyone who looks like they might disagree with him. When he hears that France is in danger of falling to the Commies, Mr. Freedom heads overseas to set things right. When the welcome he receives isn't quite as warm as he expected, he gives up hope of steering the French away from the Reds and decides to salvage what he can by destroying the entire country. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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French censorship certificate: 13. See more »

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When Mr. Freedom returns to his headquarters to find all his henchmen dead, one man with stars painted over his eyes, who is supposed to be dead, can be seen blinking. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Freedom: You know that the world is divided in two parts. On one side is Right, and on the other side is Wrong. Wrong is Red. And Right is...
Mr. Freedom: Red, white, and blue!
Dr. Freedom: Yes. And in the middle, we have the Maybes and the Don't-Knows. First, we've two objectives. Make the Reds cry uncle...
Mr. Freedom: Uncle Sam!
Dr. Freedom: Yes. Then maybe the Maybes and the Don't-Knows will wake up and fight for Right. For Right is might, and might is...
Mr. Freedom: Freedom!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are presented like political graffitti on the wall. See more »

Soundtracks

Freedom Rock
Music by Michel Colombier and Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg and William Klein
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The Buckaroo Banzai of 1969- Vive The Delirious Fictions of Wm. Klein! 8-D
20 February 2009 | by (Berkeley USA) – See all my reviews

Wow!! To my taste this is far funnier and less campy than Dr Strangelove. Talk about the arid intellectual- Dr. Strangelove pulls his punches and spoons-out his laughs. Mr. Freedom has the bold "logo-rhhea" power to come out and blame The Reds *AND* The Blacks for all his troubles- Not fun or funny? Maybe Kubrick makes better 'cinema'- or maybe he's just lingering over mild material. Klein is committed, overt; profoundly radical. I've seen nothing like this script, but overall- especially the direction, invention & conviction- it reminds me of "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension". Except where Americans describe Buckaroo as "agreeably insane", Mr. Freedom comes from some different country. OTOH- None of these films depend on any nuance. It is probable that the first 40 minutes are the most astounding of Mr. Freedom's bizarrely breathless life. After that we're asked to buy into the TV-Batman premise; then we proceed along an escalating series of staged confrontations- offering no development 'per se', but plentiful poignant wordplay. Whole pages of the script are totally "quotable", but possibly poisoned. So if one isn't angered by our corporate-imperialist history in Europe (i.e., the Cold War ('Red Chinaman', 'Mr. Moujik' ('peasant' in Russian)), the 1960's Marseilles underground (represented as Mafia lowlife "Mr. Drugstore" (Turk Sweet, anyone?))) & some very similar Euro-Colonialist history - then yeah, it'll all sound 'stupid'. Well the fun here is part surreal/comics- but it's *All* satirical- i.e., depends on deeper connections. And "literate" is Problem #1 for USA-educated, Depression-Generation video-gamers. A grounding in international politics just won't match the power-fantasies of Fox-TV Gulf-war coverage for jingoistic thrill-kills/per-minute. But anyone who reads to stay awake should appreciate Director William Klein's ambitious coup. Anyone ready for 'System of a Down' or 'Rage Against the Machine' etc. should score (& another historic value IS the scrappy score by Serge Gainsborough (also seen at the piano)). Vive the French Anti-Freedom League! Vive Paris 1968!


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