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Sweet Liberty (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 16 May 1986 (USA)
Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, ... See full summary »

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Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film 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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16 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Sweet Liberty - What a Liberty  »

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$14,205,021 (USA)
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According to the Angelfire website, this film examines the deeper thematic question: "The issue is, how far should film-makers go, in disregarding historical truth, in order to obtain audience approval? Films are, of necessity, separate and distinct from their source material, but in the trade-off between authenticity and popularity, where is the balance to be struck?" See more »

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Gretchen: I'll tell you what, Mrs. Burgess, why don't I make you some lunch?
Cecelia Burgess: Sure! Some poisoned food would just finish me off!
Michael Burgess: Well, they were all out of poisoned food today. We got the other kind.
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References Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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2 July 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I like this very silly movie about the making of a movie set during the Revolutionary War. History takes a back seat to the backstage madness as film crew invades a small town in the American South... ...except that this film was filmed on Long Island. Living on the Island I get great joy watching all the technical gaffes in the film, only the lead characters cars have non-New York license plates, a Long Island Railway Train goes by in the background and on it goes. You don't have to have sharp eyes to see the errors, they are glaring if you know that they are there. They don't take away from the fun, they add to it since as Alan Alda's character quickly finds out, there is nothing real about making movies.

The cast is great across the board, with everyone seeming to have such a good time its infectious.

See this movie, its just a lot of fun.


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