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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.

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Production Co:

Sanford See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John's back pay of $1,400 would equate to $8,300 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

James Caan is wearing on his right shoulder rocker assigned to the USS Orlando. The only USN ship named USS Orlando was was sold for scrap 10 November 1947, 25 years before the time setting of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Doug: You are so dumb you make me sick, whitey.
John Baggs Jr.: [fondly] Well I'm getting kinda fond of you too, spook.
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Soundtracks

You're So Nice To Be Around
Music by John Williams
Lyrics and vocals by Paul Williams
Harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
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Lonely In Seattle
5 May 2009 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

The film's title refers to a real-life temporary "pass" or "leave" issued to navy personnel. In this fictional story, John Baggs, Jr. (James Caan) is one such sailor, stuck in Seattle on leave, a man who doesn't know what to do with his time, or his life. He ends up at a beer joint where he meets Maggie (Marsha Mason), a part-time hooker and pool hustler. "Cinderella Liberty" is the story about how these two lonely people meet, and their on-again, off-again romantic relationship.

Baggs is a low-key sort of fellow. But he doesn't take any guff from anyone. Maggie is on welfare. She lives with her eleven-year old son, Doug, in a dingy apartment in a dingy tenement building. Baggs tries to help the kid, but Doug has lots of emotional baggage, as does his mother.

The main characters are somewhat tragic. Baggs is certainly no war hero. Indeed, he's rather ordinary, but very caring. Yet, despite his best efforts to unite the three of them into a family, things don't always work out. But the film has a surprise ending that helps offset earlier distressing plot points.

Mostly downbeat and depressing, "Cinderella Liberty" is very 1970ish. Cinematography conveys an evocative mood, dark and dreary, and some of the images have a reddish tint. Post Viet Nam, the military is portrayed as somewhat bumbling. There's an obvious absence of military bravado and swagger, which engenders the story with a sense of realism.

Casting and acting are fine. The chemistry between Caan and Mason seems genuine. The film was shot entirely on-location in Seattle. No film studios were used.

This is a story of dashed hopes, of opportunities lost. Although not for everyone, mostly because of the very slow plot pace, "Cinderella Liberty" is a realistic, character driven story, the kind that's rarely made by contemporary Hollywood.


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