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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.


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 (16) | Top Critics (2)

Mature audiences looking for decent mainstream entertainment should have a good time watching the consequences of this classic Hollywood standoff.

October 27, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The movie wants to juggle a lot of characters all at once, but it keeps dropping the most interesting ones.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

While the film suffers from a shoehorned relationship plot that tries to mirror the historical "romance" at the center of his book being filmed, the film excels when Michael confronts the film crew.

July 6, 2021 | Full Review…

If you want a ruthless picture about moviemaking, go with Sunset Boulevard, S.O.B. or The Player. But if you want a toothless picture about moviemaking, then Sweet Liberty should hit the sweet spot.

May 8, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film is relaxed, entertaining, and playful. [Full Review in Spanish]

March 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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

February 22, 2008 | 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.

Mason Williams
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