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Plot: Michael has written a schollarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very infatuated with Faith who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen, and his girlfriend who is talking about commitment. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 13 May 1986
Let freedom ring! as long as the tune is entertainment (by lee_eisenberg)
To the list of satires on Hollywood we can add Alan Alda's "Sweet Liberty". He plays a history professor whose novel about the Revolutionary War is getting filmed in his town. Except that because this is a Hollywood production, they've pretty much ignored his book, instead pandering to audiences' lowest and stupidest preferences! And sure enough, the people involved in the production make excessive demands every step of the way.OK, so we could make the argument that this is sillier than the stuff for which Alda is usually known. I counter by saying that this is his own <more>
swipe at the studio system that dominates entertainment in the US. He grew up in the Hollywood system, so he probably saw it firsthand. My favorite scenes in the movie were the helicopter ride and the final battle scene. I suspect that they had fun filming the entire movie. This is exactly what patriotism should be!Since Michael Caine and Michelle Pfeiffer co-star, I guess that means that Alfred got to meet the other Catwoman if we identify people by their Batman roles .
First of all, let me say that Michael Caine is pure genius in this film. His portrayal of a screen-idol that "makes the girls wet their pants" is perfect!Michelle Pfeiffer's part is a bit 2-dimensional, but she does have her moments. Even Alan Alda is surprisingly good gee, I had never realized before that he could act! .Anyway, the film is very light-hearted and easy on the mind. Some good laughs, some nice scenes, etc. I'd recommend renting this, making a nice disgustingly buttered tub of popcorn, a nice big glass of sugared soda ... sit back and enjoy!
SPOILER ALERT!!! (by RobTimMor)
I have seen this film several times and on the most recent viewing, I noticed a continuity goof. Alan Alda's character Michael Burgess reads the Hollywood-ized script that has "not been taken" from his book and is outraged at the changes and historical inaccuracies. He spends the entire movie trying to make things right again, even going so far as to sabotage the filming. But then at the end, Michael accosts the director Bo Hodges and blithely apologizes for what he's done. If Michael Burgess is so outraged all through the film, why does he suddenly recant and apologize for <more>
his actions at the very end? He seems to be indecisive.This jolted me a little, but did not diminish my enjoyment of this otherwise fine film and its gentle comedy. It's well worth seeing.
I like this very silly movie about the making of a movie set during the Revolutionary War. History takes a back seat to the backstage madness as film crew invades a small town in the American South... ...except that this film was filmed on Long Island. Living on the Island I get great joy watching all the technical gaffes in the film, only the lead characters cars have non-New York license plates, a Long Island Railway Train goes by in the background and on it goes. You don't have to have sharp eyes to see the errors, they are glaring if you know that they are there. They don't take <more>
away from the fun, they add to it since as Alan Alda's character quickly finds out, there is nothing real about making movies.The cast is great across the board, with everyone seeming to have such a good time its infectious. See this movie, its just a lot of fun.
The First American Film to discuss the American Revolution in the South (by theowinthrop)
As a follow-up to his wonderful FOUR SEASONS, Alan Alda wrote, directed, and starred in SWEET LIBERTY - a film that explores the way movies unmake books and historical accuracy, and film productions on location upset local populations. It's a good follow-up film, but not as good as FOUR SEASONS because that film had some serious underpinnings about friendship and aging at it's center.In SWEET LIBERTY Alda plays Michael Burgess, who lives is a southern college town with his mother Cecilia Lillian Gish . He is a professor of history, who has just written a carefully researched best <more>
seller about the events in the region from 1779 to 1781 when the British under Cornwallis invaded Georgia and the Carolinas in the American Revolution. I have mentioned this somewhat forgotten aspect of the Revolution in other reviews on this board, and how Cornwallis' actually had a clever scheme that could have worked there were far more loyal Tories among the population there than further North , but how through the jealousy and foot dragging of Sir Henry Clinton Cornwallis' superior the scheme slowly unraveled. Forced by the Americans under Nathaniel Greene into a series of "phyrric" victories, wherein he lost more men than the battles were worth, Cornwallis decided to fight his way to Virginia and to have Clinton pick up his men there. This led to his defeat at Yorktown. Burgess's book deals with the diary of a local woman who witnesses these events. It also deals with her having a love affair with Cornwallis' "Green Dragoon", the notoriously deadly Sir Banastre Tarleton.Tarleton has appeared under a different name in Mel Gibson's controversial THE PATRIOT, as the cavalry leader who did not mince words with the rebels. He exterminated them. The most notorious incident was when he ordered the massacre of rebels who had been captured at the Wraxhall River. But this was 1780 so war crimes trials were never heard of, and General Tarleton lived to die in his bed in 1833. By the way - Tarleton never ordered burning alive civilians in a church to set an example that was a Gibson invention . Particularly an Anglican Church. King George III, as head of the Anglican Church and a serious believer in the religious rights of his flock would probably have ordered Tarleton's arrest and execution for such an act.Burgess sells the rights to his book to a film company, and soon realizes the hurricane he has released on his sleepy community. Burgess finds that he is working on the screenplay with Mr. Stanley Gould Bob Hoskins , who loves the book - but is constantly changing it to fit film consumers attention spans. The director of the film is little better than a presumptive kid named Bo Hodges Saul Rubinek , who has a ludicrous theory of what people want to see it includes mayhem, buildings being blown up, and people who are naked . Burgess has a close understanding with a fellow teacher named Gretchen Calsen Lisa Hilboldt , which may lead to marriage. But both find themselves enthralled by the film leads, Elliot James Michael Caine and Faith Healy Michelle Phifer . Both are temperamental egotists, but they can lay on the charm to improve their roles or enjoy themselves. Soon Burgess finds himself approving changes in the script that benefit Healy which leads to counter improvements for the insistent James .On top of all this Burgess has problems with his mother, a kindly woman who is partly insane. This also leads to him trying to resolve an issue regarding her past and a love affair she claims she had.The changes range from the ludicrous to the insulting. Remember that Tarleton was known as the "Green Dragoon". A wealthy man, he dressed his crack cavalry regiment in green outfits, not in red. Hodges has James wear the traditional red uniform - American audiences expect "red coats". The culmination of the film is the so-called turning point in the war in the south, the American victory over Tarleton at the battle of the Cowpens a bit of farmland - the victor was General Daniel Morgan, and it has been called the best tactical victory of the war . But Hodges wants to make it comic, with the Americans running around stupidly as the British bombard them. This, and a nasty confrontation between the film extras and the locals sets Alda up for leading his own revolution, and showing the film people just where to get off.SWEET LIBERTY works as a comedy, and is worth viewing. Besides Alda's growing frustration at the extremes of movie making, Hoskins friendly but ruthless script reworking, and Gish's comic insanity, and the obnoxious Rubinek, Caine does wonders showing ego and charm in it's turn see his rendition of "Knees Up Father Brown" when going out , and Michelle Phyfer's twisting Alda around her finger. It is certainly a fine film comedy.