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Cinderella Liberty -- A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty due to his service records being lost.


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Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)
Darryl Ponicsan (novel)
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Release Date:
7 April 1974 (Sweden) See more »
She's 32. She drinks too much. She hustles pool. She's got a 10-year old mulatto son. She's got a different boyfriend every night. She's in trouble. And he's in love. See more »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... John Baggs Jr.

Marsha Mason ... Maggie Paul
Kirk Calloway ... Doug

Eli Wallach ... Lynn Forshay

Burt Young ... Master at Arms

Bruno Kirby ... Alcott (as Bruce Kirby Jr.)

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Miss Watkins

Dabney Coleman ... Executive Officer
Fred Sadoff ... Dr. Osgood

Allan Arbus ... Drunken Sailor
Jon Korkes ... Dental Corpsman

Don Calfa ... Lewis
Ted D'Arms ... Cook

Sally Kirkland ... Fleet Chick
Diane Schenker ... Nurse
James Bigham ... Seaman #1
Wayne Hudgins ... Seaman #2
Rita Joelson Chidester ... Wave
Knight Landesman ... Yeoman
Paul Jackson ... Sam
Chris F. Prebezac ... Young Sailor
Sara Jackson ... Woman
James De Closs ... Sailor
Niles Brewster ... Paymaster
Jonathan Estrin ... Officer
John Kauffman ... Sailor
Marty Augustine ... Gutteral Mischief

David Proval ... Sailor #1
Christopher Rydell ... Boy Fishing

Jon Locke ... Go-Go Club Owner (as Joe Locke)
Frank Griffin ... Obstetrician (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Clayton Corzatte ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spike Africa ... Hot Dog Beggar (uncredited)
Catherine M. Balzer ... Examining Nurse (uncredited)
Glenn Buttkus ... Sailor on the Ward (uncredited)
Joseph Candiotti ... Officer of the Day (uncredited)
Glen Freeman ... Marine Guard (uncredited)

Robert Emmet Lunney ... Marine Guard (uncredited)
David Norfleet ... Messboy (uncredited)
Frank O'Neal ... Sailor (uncredited)
Nella Pugh ... Delivery Nurse (uncredited)

Katherine Wilson ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Rydell 
Writing credits
Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)

Darryl Ponicsan (novel "Cinderella Liberty")

Produced by
Mark Rydell .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Leon Ericksen 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Production Management
Tim Zinnemann .... production manager (as Tim Zinneman)
Tom Shaw .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Bonniwell .... second assistant director
Tim Zinnemann .... first assistant director (as Tim Zinneman)
Art Department
Joseph Hurley .... production illustrator
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Sam Moore .... second property master
Sound Department
Victor Goode .... boom operator
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Barry Thomas .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James O. Blair .... gaffer (as Jim Blair)
Jim Buchanan .... best boy
Tom May .... key grip
Nick McLean .... first assistant camera
Orlando .... still photographer
Calmar Roberts .... second assistant camera
Sven Walnum .... camera operator
László Pal .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dennis Fill .... costumer
Editorial Department
Donn Cambern .... supervising film editor
William D. Gordean .... assistant film editor (as William Gordean)
Sheldon Kahn .... assistant film editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Location Management
Ronnie Caan .... location assistant (as Ronald Caan)
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Leonard Engel)
Mayuto Correa .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Rita Joelson Chidester .... secretary to producer
Deena Goldstone .... assistant to producer
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Gene Levy .... auditor
Gene Levy .... production consultant
Phill Norman .... title designer
Eileen Peterson .... publicist
Anne Shaw .... production secretary
Crew verified as complete

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 | Belgium:KNT | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

James Caan appeared six years later almost identically in sailors garb for an uncredited cameo in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979) as the sailor who throws the first punch in the ballroom fight sequence.See more »
John Baggs Jr.:Would you call yourself a "Champagne cocktail-sippin', cock-teasin', downtown barroom whore"?
Maggie Paul:[bursting into tears] Second generation!
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28 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
a surprising and thoughtprovoking film, 5 June 2004
Author: kluismans from london

nothing surprised me more than flicking over the channel and catching this film late last night. it promised to be just the kind of dull fare I needed to watch and cure my insomnia: a sailor up to no good in a sleezy bar with a giggling hooker. but this film did the opposite it woke me up and i will admit made me cry - a lot. It is a small story, a sailor falls for a 'barroom whore' and assumes responsibility for her, her son and her unborn child and that's it really. He is stuck in Seattle waiting for his papers, broke and lost and these two unlikely characters, the whore and her son, hook up with him and somehow they muddle together to make what looks like almost a family. each of them is tentative, protective of the tiny space that makes up their world, yet all three show that despite harsh realities they can express tenderness to each other. what was remarkable was that there was nothing patronising or dismissive in the portrayal of any of the characters, all three of which are the stereotypical stock of cinema, a philandering sailor, a whore, and a illegitimate kid. i was totally convinced by the story and moved by the way that despite the needs expressed for each other, they were pushed apart. i cannot recommend this film highly enough, and hope that anyone reading this will try and watch it.

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