Comedic potential is too rarely realized in this story of a college professor who watches filming of his historical tome become bastardized by Hollywood into a lusty romp.

Comedic potential is too rarely realized in this story of a college professor who watches filming of his historical tome become bastardized by Hollywood into a lusty romp.

Playing their true ages are Alan Alda as college professor Michael Burgess who teaches history of the American Revolution, and Michael Caine as boxoffice draw Elliot James.

When the film company arrives on location in bucolic Sayeville, Alda falls for leading lady Faith Healy (Michelle Pfeiffer), at the same time stringing along girlfriend Gretchen Carlsen (Lise Hilboldt).

The Hollywood cast and crew look and act the part, notably the macho stuntmen out to strut their stuff, as do the townsfolk who appear eager to do something other than endure another stifling Southern summer.

Sweet Liberty

Production

Universal. Director Alan Alda; Producer Martin Bregman; Screenplay Alan Alda; Camera Frank Tidy; Editor Michael Economou; Music Bruce Broughton; Art Director Ben Edwards

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Alan Alda Michael Caine Michelle Pfeiffer Bob Hoskins Lise Hilboldt Lillian Gish
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