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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 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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She's 32. She drinks too much. She hustles pool. She's got a 10-year old mulatto son. She's got a different boyfriend every night. She's in trouble. And he's in love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

6 | 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

"Cinderella Liberty" is Navy slang for temporary absence from ship or station, which ends at midnight on the last day. Typical periods of liberty are twenty-four to seventy-two hours. 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

John Baggs Jr.: You ever been in love, Forshay?
Lynn Forshay: I'll tell you Baggs, I don't believe I have. That's because I happen to be one of those incurable romantics. Every time I meet a girl, I expect to hear a clap of thunder. I never heard the thunder, but occasionally I do get the clap.
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Connections

References Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Wednesday Special
Music by John Williams
Lyrics and vocals by Paul Williams
Harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
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GENUINE HEART
21 September 2001 | by frank56See all my reviews

Cinderella Liberty presents a world of lonely people looking for a little love in their lives. James Caan does a complete turnaround from his Godfather persona playing John Baggs, Jr. -- a sensitive, lovesick and positive sailor who backs into (or does it back into him?) the life of Maggie Paul (Marsha Mason), a pool playing barroom hustler with a biracial son, Doug (Kirk Calloway) whose tough exterior reveals a very sad and lonely boy. This comedy-drama creeps up on you like the love the characters feel for each is slowly realized. Excellent work by everyone here -- but this one bears a repeat watch for the work of Kirk Calloway, who is amazing as the boy and Eli Wallach, Baggs' alter-ego of a what lonely Navy life could hold for him. Look for this gem and go back to a time in film acting when real emotions were all the special effects needed to entertain and touch you.


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