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Cinderella Liberty (1973)

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty, due to his service records being lost.

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay), Darryl Ponicsan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... John Baggs Jr.
Marsha Mason ... Maggie Paul
Kirk Calloway Kirk Calloway ... Doug
Eli Wallach ... Lynn Forshay
Burt Young ... Master at Arms
Bruno Kirby ... Alcott (as Bruce Kirby Jr.)
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Miss Watkins
Dabney Coleman ... Executive Officer
Fred Sadoff Fred Sadoff ... Dr. Osgood
Allan Arbus ... Drunken Sailor
Jon Korkes ... Dental Corpsman
Don Calfa ... Lewis
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Cook
Sally Kirkland ... Fleet Chick
Diane Schenker Diane Schenker ... Nurse
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Storyline

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty, due to his service records being lost. Written by Dana Luke <danaluke@iname.com>

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Taglines:

A movie for every woman who thinks she can never fall in love again! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinderella, i garsona tis nyhtas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,465,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sanford See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Cinderella Liberty" is Navy slang for temporary absence from ship or station, which ends at midnight on the last day. Typical periods of liberty are twenty-four to seventy-two hours. See more »

Goofs

When John and Doug go fishing off the pier, the fish they catch is obviously dead when they pull it in. See more »

Quotes

John Baggs Jr.: Would you call yourself a "Champagne cocktail-sippin', cock-teasin', downtown barroom whore"?
Maggie Paul: [bursting into tears] Second generation!
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Connections

Referenced in Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Wednesday Special
Music by John Williams
Lyrics and vocals by Paul Williams
Harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
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affecting tale
9 September 2002 | by rupieSee all my reviews

Granted there are some literary devices which are a tad far-fetched that simply have to be accepted to allow this story to work - for one, the cavalier way in which Baggs is treated while his papers are 'lost', and for so long. None the less, this is, in the end an affecting and inspiring tale. Perhaps one of the reasons for its dubious reception here is that in this extremely cynical and selfish age people have difficulty accepting a tale about someone who assumes so much grief in order to help people ("It makes me feel good," says Baggs, simply and disarmingly.) Perhaps the world would be a better place if we could all be more like the guileless Boatswain, played by James Caan in a good-guy departure from his usual tough guy parts.

Of particular note is the fine job Eli Wallach does with the minor part of Baggs' nemesis Forshay. It's a memorable moment when Baggs, asking Forshay, as he is drummed out of the service without benefits or pension, "Where are you going? Home?", hears Forshay reply "THIS was home." The combination of sadness, bitterness, and fear of the future that Wallach puts into these three words is testimony to his power as an actor.

A bit of judicious editing might have been called for, as the movie was a tad long (cutting Paul Williams' execrable songs would have been a good place to start), but none the less it's a feel-good movie that rises above its gritty setting.


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