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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.


Kari Skogland


Kari Skogland





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


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.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Often compared to Phone Booth (2002). Although released in the same year this was actually previewed to the public a full 8 months before Phone Booth was. See more »


Despite Liberty changing the direction she's facing several times during the initial stand-off with Joe, the red dot of his laser sight remains on her chest. See more »


[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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Referenced in The Angry Birds Movie (2016) See more »


Performed by Carmen Rizzo
Written by Carmen Rizzo, Christina Calero, Ashley Slater and Joel Shearer
Published by Povi-Lu Music
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The hot dog stand in the park
5 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Kari Skogland's "Liberty Stands Still" kept reminding us of a similar film, Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth". The clue for understanding what the director's message seems to be, is seen in the opening credits. We are shown part of the US Constitution. Ms. Skogland is preparing us for what will follow.

The only thing that doesn't make the film as suspenseful, as it could be, is the fact we know from the start who is behind the power rifle in a building overlooking the square where much of the action will take place. We don't believe, for one second, that Joe, could have prepared this caper that has placed two exploding devices in the theater, as well as in the hot dog stand. Wesley Snipes is only seen in closeups.

The other thing that doesn't make sense is to watch a cool Liberty Wallace, a woman who can die at any moment if Joe decides to put a bullet right smack in the red spot over her heart. The way Ms. Fiorentino plays this woman doesn't seem to add anything to the tense situation Ms. Skogland has prepared for us to see.

It's clear to see why this film went to video without showing in theaters, or if it did, it might have lasted a week, the most. As a video, or in cable, one is willing to take the chance. The film is not horrible, by any means, it shows a director who will do better in the future.

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Release Date:

3 May 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Appel au meurtre See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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