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Sweet Liberty (1986)

Sweet Liberty (1986)

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Alan Alda wrote, directed, and starred in this satirical film about the corruption of the film industry's approach to history. Alda plays Michael Burgess, a college professor who has written a historical novel about the American Revolution. The book has been turned into a script, and a Hollywood film crew descends on his North Carolina hometown to make the movie. Predictably, the director and actors make a mess of his concept, and Burgess becomes frustrated as the town is turned upside down. Desperately, he tries to salvage his concept with some last-minute script changes. To make things more complicated, Burgess falls in love with the glamorous female lead in the film, Faith Healy (Michelle Pfeiffer). Meanwhile, his long-time girlfriend, Gretchen (Lise Hilboldt) is pressuring him to get married. The film's male star, Elliott James (Michael Caine), finally shows up in town and becomes Burgess's rival for Faith's affections. Silent film star Lillian Gish appears as Burgess's smother.

Cast

Alan Alda
as Michael Burgess
Michael Caine
as Elliott James
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Faith Healy
Bob Hoskins
as Stanley Gould
Lise Hilboldt
as Gretchen Carlsen
Lillian Gish
as Cecelia Burgess
Saul Rubinek
as Bo Hodges
Antony Alda
as Film Crew Member
Anthony Alda
as Film Crew Member
Alvin Alexis
as Male Student
Cynthia Burr
as Asst. Camera
Bryan Clark
as Gov. Swayze
Bonnie Deroski
as Female Student
Michael Flanagan
as Frank Stirling
David Gideon
as Camera Operator
Katherine Gowan
as TV Interviewer
Terry Hinz
as FX Man
John Leonidas
as Teamster
William Parry
as Teamster
Christopher Loomis
as Cinematographer
Polly Rowles
as Mrs. Delvechio
Fred Sanders
as Soundman
Eric Steven Stahl
as Hotel Clerk
Richard Whiting
as Johnny Delvechio
Robert Zarem
as Publicist
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Critic Reviews for Sweet Liberty

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

OK light comedy, directed by and starring Alan Alda, about filming of movie in small town.

February 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

free-wheeling and enjoyable

April 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

A sweet, funny comedy about the perils of being a writer and making a movie. An underrated charmer.

December 15, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

"featherweight farce, performed agreeably"

July 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Sweet Liberty

what a cute movie with a young Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Caine, Alan Alda, and Lillian Gish. This movie was written, directed and starring Alan Alda whom did a good job. Alda is a writer who's book is being turned into a movie with Caine and Pfeiffer. This movie shows what a Hollywood crew can do to a little town while filming...it is too crazy.

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