Liberty Stands Still (2002)





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When his daughter is killed by an illegally purchased firearm during a high school shooting, a normally pacifistic man named Joe (Wesley Snipes) goes off the deep end. Vowing to get even with the gun manufacturer who created the weapon, Joe targets the manufacturer's widow, Liberty Wallace (Linda Fiorento), for a complex scheme of justice and retribution. Armed with a cell phone and a long-range rifle, Joe orders Liberty to handcuff herself to an outdoor hot dog stand, wired with a time bomb. As the clock ticks inexorably closer to the inevitable explosion, the terrified but resourceful Liberty tries to talk her way out of her predicament--a task made virtually impossible by Joe's bizarre "conditions". First screened in America at the 2002 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Liberty Stands Still did not gain a widespread showing until it was picked up for cable broadcast by Cinemax on August 10, 2002.
R (for violence and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Lions Gate Films

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Linda Fiorentino
as Liberty Wallace
Oliver Platt
as Victor Wallace
Jonathan Scarfe
as Bill Tollman
Martin Cummins
as Russell Williams
Hart Bochner
as Hank Wilford
Ian Tracey
as MacMunro
Brian Markinson
as Rex Perry
Jeff Seymour
as Officer Pritchard
Roger R. Cross
as Officer Miller
Suzette Meyers
as Reporter
Robbie Tyson
as Connor Widdows
Fulvio Cecere
as Burt McGovern
David Lewis
as Businessman
Shawn Reis
as Bodyguard
Keith Dallas
as Young Man
Blake Stovin
as Cameraman
Jerry Wasserman
as Wall Street Man
Connor Widdows
as Robbie Tyson
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Critic Reviews for Liberty Stands Still

All Critics (4)

Writer/director Kari Skogland clearly has an agenda - the film is vehemently anti-gun - resulting in incredibly obvious and preachy instances of dialogue and a ham-fisted approach to the storyline.

Full Review… | April 13, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

A ripe-on-the-vine concept married to strident execution. There's thought here, but Liberty is marred by vague, freshman directorial touches.

Full Review… | November 11, 2002
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March 25, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Liberty Stands Still

It's a demented movie with a misdirected plot. A man's daughter is shot at school and he thinks the gun company is responsible. Perhaps the CEO of GM is lucky the daughter wasn't hit by a Camaro.

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Paid To Paly

ehh....kinda boring, and she was wearing the ugliest outfit the whole movie....didnt really like or get the ending but honestly I was not paying much attention.

Brynn Harvie
Brynn Harvie

Wesley Snipes plays a man seeking revenge for the death of his daughter in a high school shooting incident. He calls himself Joe and takes a hostage Liberty (Linda Fiorentino of Last Seduction), the wife of the `evil' gun manufacturer (Oliver Platt), who, in this movie, is a mega-corporation that has every politician in the USA in its pocket. He has her cuffed to a hot-dog stand in a park which contains a bomb that is set to blow if her cell phone he is communicating to her on dies and plans on killing anyone that approaches her with the sniper-rifle he has pointed at her from a nearby building (am getting flashbacks of phone booth here) Linda Fiorentino is gorgeous but the anti-gun stance was weak, I would have expected some intelligent dialog somewhere. Nevertheless it deserves praise for trying to make a statement about guns, gun control, and violence.

Deb S
Deb S

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