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Cinderella Liberty (1973)




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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, Rovi

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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 (1)

Cinderella Liberty, a movie of enormous good intentions. doesn't work for me because I simply can't believe it.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Last Detail remains better known due to Jack Nicholson's iconic performance, yet Cinderella Liberty is the one that really gets under the skin.

June 16, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie has its own blessings: vital performances by James Caan as Baggs, Marsha Mason as Maggie, the sweetheart of the service, Kirk Calloway as her moody offspring and Eli Wallach as a crusty old salt.

December 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Its three central performances, especially that of a beautifully understated James Caan, hold the film together nicely, but it never really comes together in a way that takes it to the next level.

June 3, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Too much sentimentality gives it a false ring.

November 4, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Great character studies highlight this James Caan vehicle.

March 23, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Cinderella Liberty

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


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.
Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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