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Cinderella Liberty (1973)

Cinderella Liberty (1973)

Cinderella Liberty





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A "Cinderella Liberty" is Navy jargon for a pass that runs out at midnight. Sailor John Baggs, Jr. (James Caan) has such a pass, and intends to make the most of it while his ship is docked in Seattle. He "wins" prostitute Maggie (Marsha Mason) in a pool game, but backs off at a "wham-bam-thank you ma'am" when he finds out that Maggie has a son, an 11-year-old mulatto (Kirk Calloway) -- and that there's another baby on the way. John has so much empathy for Maggie's travails that he marries her. When she loses her baby, however, Maggie feels unable to resign herself to living with John, plagued by both guilt and an unwillingness to be tied down -- thus forcing John to fight for her. Darryl Ponicsan adapted his own novel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Darryl Ponicsan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007


James Caan
as John Baggs Jr.
Marsha Mason
as Maggie Paul
Eli Wallach
as Lynn Forshay
Burt Young
as Master at Arms
Allyn Ann McLerie
as Miss Watkins
Dabney Coleman
as Executive Officer
Fred Sadoff
as Dr. Osgood
Allan Arbus
as Drunken Sailor
Jon Korkes
as Dental Corpsman
Don Calfa
as Lewis
Chris Rydell
as Boy Fishing
Sally Kirkland
as Fleet Chick
Spike Africa
as Hot Dog Beggar
Chris F. Prebezac
as Young Sailor
Niles Brewster
as Paymaster
Glen Freeman
as Marine Guard
Christopher Rydell
as Boy Fishing
Joe Locke
as Club Owner
Catherine M. Balzer
as Examining Nurse
Nella Pugh
as Delivery Nurse
Joseph Candiotti
as Officer of the Day
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Critic Reviews for Cinderella Liberty

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Great character studies highlight this James Caan vehicle.

March 23, 2008

Mark Rydell's well acted melodrama, which concerns a sailor on leave who falls for a prostitute and her half-black illegitimate son, is too sentimental, failing to find the right tone.

Full Review… | July 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Cinderella Liberty


I remember watching this one night when I was about eight and just loving it. I don't know what I got out of it, but the ending really struck me. Love to see it again.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

Barely passable film. I can see why it doesn't get aired very often even on TBS. Early Caan but not great Caan.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Forgotten '70s film with great performances by James Caan, Eli Wallach and especially Marsha Mason (who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar). Written by Daryl Ponicsan who also wrote THE LAST DETAIL. Sailor Caan gets caught up in Navy red tape so he has to hang out in Seattle for a bit, then meets up with boozy bar strumpet Mason and her bastard street-kid son, and falls in love. Shot on location in the old-school sleazy porno district with groovy '70s tunes by Paul Williams. Emotionally satisfying ending, lots of character actors turn up in bit parts. Recommended.

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