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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sanford See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While walking the streets of Seattle in the movie, James Caan is approached by a panhandler who asks him for change. The man was an actual panhandler who didn't see the cameras on the street, and mistook Caan for a real sailor. 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

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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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One of the most realistic stories about life as a serviceman.
3 December 2005 | by densculSee all my reviews

This movie was made in 1973, and I thought it was a great movie for several reasons. It depicts the gritty, boring life of a career enlisted serviceman. Military heroics are replaced with human heroics at a time when civilians had a dim view of anyone who spent time in the service. The movie turns all the trite plots about saintly prostitutes and sailors on its head. Caan plays a real sailor, and Marsha Mason, a funny but can't help herself hooker. Her young son by an unknown black father is slowly drawn into a friendship with her mother's "honky" john. This unlikely threesome is what makes this movie worth watching. In my opinion, it is a better movie than "From Here to Eternity", which has too much of the recruiting version of the military. Cinderlla Liberty is stripped raw of the poster Navy. This movie shows life in the real Navy about a real human being, who happens to be a sailor.


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