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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Release Date:

14 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sweet Liberty - What a Liberty  »

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$14,205,021 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The academic subject area that Professor Michael Burgess (Alan Alda) taught was history , particularly the American Revolution. See more »


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 Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Alda does Altman?
17 August 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

The "making of a Big Hollywood Movie" is certainly not a new idea for a comedy. Over the years there have been many movies like this--most recently David Mamet's "State and Main." What Alan Alda did for this movie is playfully comment on the state of the blockbuster (six years before Robert Altman's "The Player"). In 1986, the "blockbuster movie" was in its early stages. This film originally came out around the same time as Top Gun--case in point. Saul Rubinek plays the obnoxious Hollywood director (what? An obnoxious director?) who turns Alda's historical, and serious, book about the American Revolution into a romantic comedy, complete with big stars who take their clothes off. What makes this movie different from Alda's other films is that there are no serious undertones. Everyone is having a great time, and it shows. Michelle Pfeiffer, in one of her first starring roles, has rarely been funnier. Michael Caine struts his best comic stuff. And Bob Hoskins--how can you go wrong? The film has an obvious mid '80s feel (the music is terrible), and Alda's direction seems more suited for television, but this is still an enjoyable movie, less successful and acidic in its approach to Hollywood and its stars and blockbusters (compared to Sunset Blvd., The StuntMan, and of course The Player) but still worth watching.

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