Liberty Stands Still (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  3 May 2002 (Italy)
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The wife of a gun manufacturer is held hostage by a man seeking revenge for the death of his daughter in a high school shooting incident.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Wilford
Burt McGovern
Vince (as Greg Calpakis)
Officer Tom
CIA Henchman #1
Officer Miller
Russell Williams
Young Man
Marrett Green ...
Gary P. Evans - Reporter #2
Drunk Guy
Robert Lewis ...
Fireman Frank
Rex Perry


A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Then, he goes to a room above an LA plaza and draws a bead on the actor's lover, international arms dealer, Liberty Wallace. Calling himself "Joe," he calls her cell phone, demonstrates that a rifle is pointed at her, and tells her to cuff herself to a hot-dog cart nearby (the cuffs are there). Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, he wants a public debate on the Second Amendment. As Liberty begins to bond with Joe on the phone, he gets some truths from her - and his revenge. Written by <>

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In the game of life and death... you only lose once.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2002 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Appel au meurtre  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though the red dot of Joe's laser-sight is on her chest, Liberty repeatedly scans buildings behind her while trying to spot Joe. See more »


[first lines]
Liberty Wallace: [on phone] I'm not wearing any underwear, and you going to be able to concentrate?
Russell Williams: Not if you're aren't here.
Liberty Wallace: [laughs] I'm on my way.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Blade Trinity (2012) See more »


Performed by Carmen Rizzo
Written by Carmen Rizzo, Christina Calero, Ashley Slater and Joel Shearer
Published by Povi-Lu Music
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Eh - it was okay for a rental
27 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this movie was mildly entertaining, there is a reason it went straight to video. Like phonebooth (but without the Colin Farrel nametag), it really lacked a strong plot. Depending on which way you saw each character, the movie could be pro or anti gun control - if you really look deep. You have a woman who runs a gun company and a psycho with a gun (obtained illegally as he has a criminal record) further gun control would not keep him from obtaining a gun.

The movie, while running the same "plot line" as Phonebooth, was not a ripoff of the movie, considering both came out the same year and, in fact, the production of Liberty started before Phonebooth was even cast.

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