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Liberty Stands Still (2002)

Liberty, the wife of a gun manufacturer, is held hostage at a hot dog stand by a sniper seeking revenge.

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Kari Skogland

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Kari Skogland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya Allen ... May
Hart Bochner ... Hank Wilford
Fulvio Cecere ... Burt McGovern
Gregory Calpakis ... Vince (as Greg Calpakis)
Terry Chen ... Officer Tom
Garvin Cross ... CIA Henchman #1
Roger Cross ... Officer Miller (as Roger R. Cross)
Martin Cummins ... Russell Williams
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ... Young Man
Linda Fiorentino ... Liberty Wallace
Marrett Green Marrett Green ... Gary P. Evans - Reporter #2
Darcy Laurie ... Drunk Guy
David Lewis ... Businessman
Robert Lewis ... Fireman Frank
Brian Markinson ... Rex Perry
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Storyline

A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Then, he goes to a room above an LA plaza and draws a bead on the actor's lover, international arms dealer, Liberty Wallace. Calling himself "Joe," he calls her cell phone, demonstrates that a rifle is pointed at her, and tells her to cuff herself to a hot-dog cart nearby (the cuffs are there). Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, he wants a public debate on the Second Amendment. As Liberty begins to bond with Joe on the phone, he gets some truths from her - and his revenge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the game of life and death... you only lose once.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Appel au meurtre See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Liberty first walks over to the hot dog stand and picks up the cuffs, the angle of the view through Joe's scope would imply that he's looking out of a 2nd or 3rd story window at most - which would be an utterly impractical angle for a sniper to be overlooking a crowded area. See more »

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[first lines]
Liberty Wallace: [on phone] I'm not wearing any underwear, and you going to be able to concentrate?
Russell Williams: Not if you're aren't here.
Liberty Wallace: [laughs] I'm on my way.
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Performed by Carmen Rizzo
Written by Carmen Rizzo, Christina Calero, Ashley Slater and Joel Shearer
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From a sniper's perch to a hot dog stand...
28 October 2003 | by moviedude1See all my reviews

Why is it that all the trouble these days start when you answer you phone/cell phone?

From the moment Snipes dials in Fiorentino's cell phone, all the suspense begins. She starts by being the one who's in control, but it's obvious she's not. Shackling herself to a hot dog stand was bad enough with a sniper trained on you, but there's also a little surprise for all those involved in her life.

Snipes plays the sniper well. As one who can turn the tables on anyone, he pulls it off superbly. Fiorentino was all right, but I found myself more attached to Snipes, trying to find out why he was doing what he was doing. But the bottom line was if she didn't play his game, she wasn't going to live.

This is the first I've even heard of this movie. I like Snipes and I watched "Phone Booth" just a couple of months ago. I know it's not right to compare the two, but I can't help but draw on the similarities between the two. Kiefer Sutherland was a psycho, too, but he tended to lose his cool once in a while, where Snipes did not. Not only was he in control of the situation, but he was in control of himself, as well. It kind of makes you believe that he could actually pull off what he meant to do.

I don't know, but, for some reason, I didn't find this film very "suspenseful" at all. When I watch these kinds of movies, I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, but not this time. I found the movie almost like a soap opera, where I could have stepped out of the room for a couple of minutes, came back, and caught right up with where I was at, knowing everything I missed.


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