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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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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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Catherine Rouvel ...
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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 »

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

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Music by Michel Colombier and Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg and William Klein
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Interesting idea--dismal failure.
15 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"So, the French are the white man's burden!"

"Anti-Freedomism is at a new high."

The above quotes are some of the funny lines from this strange piece of political satire. While I am an American and am reasonably conservative, this overtly anti-American film didn't offend me. After all, dissent is good and I could respect both William Klein's concept of a very flawed superhero as well as some of his points about American foreign policy circa 1969. This idea COULD have worked--even though it was bound to offend many viewers. And, while it DID start well, the entire film turned out to be a mess simply because the satire falls flat again and again--mostly due to very poor writing, acting and horrible production values. To put bluntly, many of Ed Wood's films looked better! Too bad, as this piece of commentary might have had a lot more impact if the film simply didn't look so craptastic. This film is one of the best examples of a movie that was a great idea and had great moments--but had absolutely nothing else going for it.

The film is not as relevant as it used to be and I assume it would mostly be a welcome film for people who were alive during the 1960s as well as fervent America-haters--who love the idea of any film that works this hard to make fun of the United States. And, quite frankly, some of the points the film made WERE pretty clever and on--it's just too bad the film had nothing--absolutely NOTHING else going for it. Cheap and wildly uneven--this film is one that actually would probably be best viewed while under the influence.


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