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Mr. Freedom (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 8 January 1969 (France)
Mr. Freedom is an all-American superhero that destroys everyone who even remotely disagrees with imperialism. The film accounts his latest assignment to save France from being taken over by the commies.

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William Klein

Writer:

William Klein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delphine Seyrig ... Marie-Madeleine
John Abbey John Abbey ... Mr. Freedom
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Freedom (as Don Pleasence)
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Dick Sensass
Serge Gainsbourg ... Mr. Drugstore
Yves Lefebvre Yves Lefebvre ... Jacques Occident
Rufus ... Freddie Fric
Sabine Sun ... Betty Bopper
Rita Maiden ... Self
Colin Drake Colin Drake
Pierre Baillot Pierre Baillot
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey
Philippe Noiret ... Moujik Man
Sami Frey ... Christ
Catherine Rouvel ... Marie-Rouge
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Mr. Freedom is a pro-American Right superhero who fights for God and country by beating, robbing, raping, and killing anyone who looks like they might disagree with him. When he hears that France is in danger of falling to the Commies, Mr. Freedom heads overseas to set things right. When the welcome he receives isn't quite as warm as he expected, he gives up hope of steering the French away from the Reds and decides to salvage what he can by destroying the entire country. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

French censorship certificate: 13. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Freedom returns to his headquarters to find all his henchmen dead, one man with stars painted over his eyes, who is supposed to be dead, can be seen blinking. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Freedom: Let me tell you about the French. They are 50 million mixed-up, sniveling crybabies who haven't stood on their two feet since Napoleon, and that wasn't yesterday. And Napoleon wasn't even French.
Mr. Freedom: He was Corsican!
Dr. Freedom: That's right, boy. So the French are the white man's burden. OUR burden. We've had to carry them through two world wars already, and we're damn well gonna have to carry them through the next.
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The end credits are presented like political graffitti on the wall. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beck: Sexx Laws (1999) See more »

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Music by Michel Colombier and Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg and William Klein
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Interesting film that goes more wrong the longer it runs
5 September 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This satire on the American persona starts off as a biting attack on the jingoistic way we Americans force ourselves on others onto and treat other people at home, and mostly abroad. Mr Freedom, a boneheaded superhero is sent to rid France of communist infiltration. As he attempts to swing France back into American influence he battles his Soviet counterpart and the evil Red China Man.

After the first half hour, during which most of the points are made, this film circles around itself in total confusion before collapsing into total incomprehensibility. It looks like someone took huge chunks out of this film. I've seen some people listing the this film as having a full running time of 115 minutes. If thats the case see that version and not the 95 minute English one since it probably makes more sense.

Frankly this is a major disappointment since the film would seem to have become timely again with what is going on in the Iraq. Instead its a major misfire that is rightly not well known in America.

7 out of 10 for curiosity and for some truly wonderful moments, mostly in the first half. See it if you like misfires or want to see how the world has come full cycle, just prepare to be confused regarding the plot.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Evviva la libertà See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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