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Cinderella Liberty (1973)

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty, due to his service records being lost.

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay), Darryl Ponicsan (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... John Baggs Jr.
Marsha Mason ... Maggie Paul
Kirk Calloway Kirk Calloway ... Doug
Eli Wallach ... Lynn Forshay
Burt Young ... Master at Arms
Bruno Kirby ... Alcott (as Bruce Kirby Jr.)
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Miss Watkins
Dabney Coleman ... Executive Officer
Fred Sadoff ... Dr. Osgood
Allan Arbus ... Drunken Sailor
Jon Korkes ... Dental Corpsman
Don Calfa ... Lewis
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Cook
Sally Kirkland ... Fleet Chick
Diane Schenker Diane Schenker ... Nurse
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Storyline

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty, due to his service records being lost. Written by Dana Luke <danaluke@iname.com>

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Taglines:

A movie for every woman who thinks she can never fall in love again! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinderella, i garsona tis nyhtas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,465,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sanford See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Caan appeared almost identically in sailor's garb for an uncredited cameo in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979), as the sailor who throws the first punch in the ballroom fight sequence. See more »

Goofs

When John and Doug go fishing off the pier, the fish they catch is obviously dead when they pull it in. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Paul: Why is it everybody else gets chicken and I always get the feathers?
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Connections

Referenced in Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

You're So Nice To Be Around
Music by John Williams
Lyrics and vocals by Paul Williams
Harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
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a surprising and thoughtprovoking film
5 June 2004 | by kluismansSee all my reviews

nothing surprised me more than flicking over the channel and catching this film late last night. it promised to be just the kind of dull fare I needed to watch and cure my insomnia: a sailor up to no good in a sleezy bar with a giggling hooker. but this film did the opposite it woke me up and i will admit made me cry - a lot. It is a small story, a sailor falls for a 'barroom whore' and assumes responsibility for her, her son and her unborn child and that's it really. He is stuck in Seattle waiting for his papers, broke and lost and these two unlikely characters, the whore and her son, hook up with him and somehow they muddle together to make what looks like almost a family. each of them is tentative, protective of the tiny space that makes up their world, yet all three show that despite harsh realities they can express tenderness to each other. what was remarkable was that there was nothing patronising or dismissive in the portrayal of any of the characters, all three of which are the stereotypical stock of cinema, a philandering sailor, a whore, and a illegitimate kid. i was totally convinced by the story and moved by the way that despite the needs expressed for each other, they were pushed apart. i cannot recommend this film highly enough, and hope that anyone reading this will try and watch it.


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