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Sweet Liberty (1986)

 -  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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The scenes showing Michael Caine stealing and flying the Aerospatiale (now Eurocopter) AS355 helicopter to take a lady for a spontaneous ride was done by dressing up veteran film pilot Al Cerullo as the woman, who then flew the helicopter on camera. See more »

Quotes

Michael Burgess: Hi Mom. I brought you your groceries
Cecelia Burgess: Put them on the TV.
Michael Burgess: Mom, why do you always put your groceries on the TV?
Cecelia Burgess: I always put them there and keep them there for a week. The radiation kills the poison that they put in them.
Michael Burgess: Mom, there's no poison in your groceries. Why don't you put them in the kitchen?
Cecelia Burgess: You know why.
[whispers]
Cecelia Burgess: Because "he's" in there.
Michael Burgess: Who, Mom? The Devil?
[Cecelia nods]
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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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