Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Mark Rydell|
|Produced by||Mark Rydell|
|Written by||Darryl Ponicsan|
|Music by||John Williams|
|Editing by||Patrick Kennedy|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||December 18, 1973 (U.S.)
April 7, 1974 (Sweden)
September 20, 1974 (Germany)
September 27, 1974 (Belgium)
November 8, 1974 (Finland)
|Running time||117 min.|
|Box office||$3.7 million (US/ Canada)|
Cinderella Liberty is a 1973 film drama which tells the story of a sailor who falls in love with a prostitute and becomes a surrogate father for her 11-year-old mixed race son. It stars James Caan, Marsha Mason and Kirk Calloway. It was directed by Mark Rydell.
The title is derived from the plot point that the sailor's personnel file has been misplaced by the Navy, and thus he can't be assigned any duties. He is therefore allowed to go on leave each day from his naval base but must return by midnight.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marsha Mason), Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Music, Song (John Williams and Paul Williams for "Nice to Be Around").
Peacetime sailor John J. Baggs is unable to get paid or receive new orders because somehow the U.S. Navy has lost his file. He is able to come and go from the base until curfew.
One night in a bar, he spots an attractive woman hustling guys at a pool table. He challenges her himself and develops an interest in the woman, Maggie, who turns out to be a prostitute living in a tenement with a young black son, Doug.
Baggs begins spending time with Maggie at the apartment, where Doug is often left to fend for himself. His attempts at creating a normal life for her succeed for a while, but Maggie cannot change the way she is. Doug, suspicious and cynical at first, bonds with Baggs, who devotes his free time to the kid and even gets his teeth fixed. But both know that soon Baggs will be reassigned and gone for good.
The Navy's mix-up continues to baffle Baggs until one day a veteran sailor named Forshay not only finds the file, but volunteers to change places with Baggs and ship out under a false name. Baggs and Doug may not have Maggie around any more, but they've got each other.
- James Caan as Baggs
- Marsha Mason as Maggie
- Kirk Calloway as Doug
- Eli Wallach as Forshay
- Burt Young as Master at Arms
- Dabney Coleman as the Exec
- Bruno Kirby as Alcott
Caan says the film was one of his favourites. This film received a nomination for a golden globe award for best motion picture. 
|1.||"Wednesday Special (Main Title) (Vocal by Paul Williams)"||2:28|
|2.||"Nice To Be Around"||2:51|
|4.||"Maggie Shoots Pool"||3:56|
|5.||"Maggie and Baggs"||4:07|
|7.||"Nice To Be Around (Vocal by Paul Williams)"||2:38|
|9.||"Cinderella Liberty Love Theme"||3:59|
|10.||"The Ferry Ride"||1:46|
|11.||"A Baby Boy Arrives"||2:06|
|12.||"Wednesday Special (End Title) (Vocal by Paul Williams)"||2:28|
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p257
- Solomon p 232. Please note figures are rentals not total gross.
- James Caan's career hitting tough times Siskel, Gene. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 27 Nov 1977: e6.
- "Cinderella Liberty (Intrada Special Collection)". Intrada Records. Retrieved October 19, 2012.