Mr. Freedom (1969)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 712 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 22 critic

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 ... See full summary »



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this excoriating satire of the fashion industry, Polly Maggoo is a 20-year-old Brooklyn-born fashion model in Paris, on the runway at the big shows where magazine editor Ms. Maxwell is ... See full summary »

Director: William Klein
Stars: Dorothy McGowan, Jean Rochefort, Sami Frey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: William Klein
Stars: André Dussollier, Anémone, Zouc
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

He's the greatest fighter of all time. A sports icon that is loved throughout the world. A man driven by his ambition to be the best. Muhammad Ali is a name that to this day puts fear in ... See full summary »

Director: William Klein
Stars: Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Angelo Dundee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and causes reckless mayhem, mostly directed at the girlfriend of the journalist who helped send him up.

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Stars: Tamio Kawachi, Eiji Gô, Noriko Matsumoto
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu
Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Hung Lieh Chen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette
Stars: Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926), Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor. Teshigahara ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Seiji Miyaguchi
Medium Cool (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Haskell Wexler
Stars: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion.

Directors: Chester Erskine, Nicholas Ray
Stars: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Alan Young
Gate of Flesh (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory, defend the abandoned building we call home, and... See full summary »

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two young twins in the USA have invented their own shared language. Scientists are wanting to study the language but social workers are trying to get the twins to leave their secret ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Gorin
Stars: Jean-Pierre Gorin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exhuberent, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a "special" someone, a caller ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Lyon
Stars: Sarah Kennedy, Norman Rose, James Harder


Cast overview, first billed only:
John Abbey ...
Dr. Freedom (as Don Pleasence)
Jean-Claude Drouot ...
Dick Sensass
M. Drugstore
Yves Lefebvre ...
Jacques Occident
Freddie Fric
Sabine Sun
Rita Maiden ...
Colin Drake
Pierre Baillot
Raoul Billerey
Moujik Man
Sami Frey ...
Catherine Rouvel ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Parents Guide:






Release Date:

8 January 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mister Freedom  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


French censorship certificate: 13. See more »


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 »


[Mr. Freedom's theme song]
Mr. Freedom: F-R-double-E-D, D-O-M spells Freedom! We fight for freedom, for one and for all! It's you-and-me-dom, and ten foot tall! Freedom, freedom, and oh-can-you-see-dom, we'll always beat 'em with star-spangled freedom!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Satire misfire
4 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A curio from the late 1960s, Mr. Freedom is about a costumed super patriot who is sent to France in order to ensure that the Commies don't take it over and therefore the world. (Yes, it's an analogue to the Vietnam War.) The catch is that Mr. Freedom is more than willing to maim, rape, and murder anyone who doesn't agree with his particular brand of bringing true democracy to the masses, which makes him a bit more sociopathic than heroic. But them's the breaks, I suppose.

Mr. Freedom (John Abbey) is in the employ of some faceless secret organization headed by, of course, Dr. Freedom (Donald Pleasance). The doctor sends the mister overseas to help the resistance, as if WW II were ongoing. The idea is that if the Reds capture France, then by the domino effect the rest of Europe will fall to the Iron Curtain - which here includes China. So how does Mr. Freedom hope to accomplish this? With guns, fists, and good ol' American know-how. His French contact Marie-Madeline (Delphine Seyrig) introduces him to the ragtag crew who hopes to forestall Communism - but could there be a spy among their midst? His costume looks like a combination of NFL player and Robocop. Soon all of the freedom fighters are similarly attired, which makes the whole outfit look like rejects from American Gladiators. Mr. Freedom has no time for nuance; he punches, shoots, kicks, and kills anything that seems anti-American. Seems legit. He's surrounded by stereotypes masquerading as symbols - China is represented by a giant dragon costume, of course. The movie, like its purported protagonist, ain't subtle. Mr. Freedom is sort of like the inbred half-cousin to Captain America; all machismo, no smarts, no figurative vision, and too damn angry.

This was directed by one William Klein, whose IMDb page informs me directed quite a few documentaries - and not too many features. His fiction films were typically subversive, meant to satirize known conventions, whether they were the American stance on the war in Vietnam or the fashion industry. I'm not sure how well it was received in 1969, but Klein was so fearful about getting it shown anywhere that he opened it at the Avignon Festival. He was probably wise to do so. The movie is overbearing, crass, and pretty repulsive, even as satire. Phillipe Noiret, Yves Montand, and Simone Signoret each show up in brief roles or cameos, but I'd be willing to wager none was proud of it. Even worse, Abbey gives about as one dimensional a performance as possible; he plays Mr. Freedom as if he were the ROTC guy from Animal House, only not for laughs. Even the sexual scenes are drab. This is a colossal bomb.

The overarching trouble with Mr. Freedom the movie is that the character's schtick runs thin about five minutes in and yet intensifies as the plot progresses. It's not long before he's fighting not just Commies but the French who aren't actively fighting with the freedom fighters, and later all of the French. I'm not sure if that's a commentary on how Americans overall view the French, but there you go. And, of course, since this is during the Cold War, there's a threat of using The Bomb to solve problems. You can probably guess Mr. Freedom's stance on that topic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Indescribably horrible; among the worst films ever made ergegrrgewgegwegwegerwg
Where can I find it? trackmasterservo
Actress question Erich-13
Moujik Man deoverian
Mr Freedom is to US imperialism as Sweet Movie is to Communist Russia. apersonhumming-1
Simone Signoret Anna_Screengazer
Discuss Mr. Freedom (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: