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Sweet Liberty (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  14 May 1986 (USA)
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Michael has written a schollarly 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 schollarly 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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14 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Sweet Liberty - What a Liberty  »

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$14,205,021 (USA)
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Penultimate film of actress Lillian Gish whose first appearance in films had been in 1912 which was about seventy-four years before this movie was made and released. See more »

Quotes

Faith Healy: [on seeing Michael nearly pick a fight with her co-star Elliott out of jealousy] I think if you have a complaint, you ought to take it up with me.
Michael Burgess: Exactly how far do you take being Mary Slocum?
Faith Healy: How far do you take being an historian?
Michael Burgess: I would stop short of sleeping with George the Third. *Why* would you have anything to do with him?
Faith Healy: Because he's a witty, charming man, and because it helps our scenes.
Michael Burgess: Helps your *scenes*?
Faith Healy: When I look in his eyes now, there's someone there. Do you--do you know what...
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References Match Game 73 (1973) See more »

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SOMETHING SPECIAL (IS GONNA HAPPEN TONIGHT)
Written by Howie Rice and Allan Rich
Performed by Patti La Belle
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Alda tries a little too hard...
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alan Alda, still trying to be Hollywood's Everyman, wrote, directed and starred in SWEET LIBERTY,a relatively entertaining comedy about a small town professor who has written a book about what went on his town during the revolutionary war and has sold the film rights. The film chronicles the arrival of the film crew to do the film on location and Alda's exasperation at all the changes they want to make to his book; however, his attitudes toward what they are doing to his book take a back seat when he meets the film's leading lady (Michelle Pfeiffer) who apparently physically resembles the character she is playing to a T but as Alda finds, out is nothing like her. This movie is just so Alan Alda and like all of his movies, the characters all seem to talk and think like Alda but I have come to expect this from an Alda movie after THE FOUR SEASONS. Alda has assembled an impressive cast including Michael Caine as a hammy actor and Bob Hoskins, extremely amusing as the screenwriter who pretends to want Alda's input on his screenplay while seeking his constant approval at the same time. The film does run out of steam before fade out, but Alda and company manage to keep it afloat for most of the ride.


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