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Sweet Liberty (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 16 May 1986 (USA)
After selling the rights of his book to a film production company, a writer finds himself fighting the many egos and varying views around him.

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Alan Alda

Writer:

Alan Alda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Michael Burgess
Michael Caine ... Elliott James
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Faith Healy
Bob Hoskins ... Stanley Gould
Lise Hilboldt Lise Hilboldt ... Gretchen Carlsen
Lillian Gish ... Cecelia Burgess
Saul Rubinek ... Bo Hodges
Lois Chiles ... Leslie
Linda Thorson ... Grace James
Diana Agostini ... Nurse (as Diane Agostini)
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Film Crew Member
Alvin Alexis Alvin Alexis ... Male Student
Christopher Bregman Christopher Bregman ... Running Boy
Leo Burmester ... Hank
Cynthia Burr Cynthia Burr ... Assistant Cameraperson
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Storyline

Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very infatuated with Faith who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen, and his girlfriend who is talking about commitment. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Michael Burgess wrote a book about the American Revolution. Now, Hollywood's come to his town to make a movie of it -- Plunging him into a summer of madness.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Liberty - What a Liberty See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,160,891, 18 May 1986

Gross USA:

$14,205,021
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Playing a film crew member was Antony Alda, younger half-brother of Alan Alda. See more »

Quotes

Michael Burgess: [on meeting the lead actress out of period costume] I'm trying to get used to how *different* you look. You--you know, you're two different people!
Faith Healy: Oh, well, if all I could be is two different people, I'd be out of business!
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References Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

SOMETHING SPECIAL (IS GONNA HAPPEN TONIGHT)
Written by Howie Rice and Allan Rich
Performed by Patti La Belle
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Fact, fantasy and Banastre Tarleton
28 January 2004 | by £ynetteSee all my reviews

Alan Alda plays an historian who has written about an historical character. When his book is made into a film, the character he feels he knows so well is brought to life by an actress. The history he knows so well is translated into an "historical" film, with the fact gradually draining away. The film gently, lyrically plays on the interface between reality and fantasy.

An irony is that in "Sweet Liberty" Michael Caine plays an actor who plays a character based on Banastre Tarleton, a British commander of Tory troops in America during the Revolution. In 2000, the German director Roland Emmerich made a film called Patriot in which Jason Isaacs plays a character based on Banastre Tarleton. In the Emmerich film, the fact has drained away and the British commit atrocities more appropriate to Germans in the Second World War.


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