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Liberty Stands Still (2001)

Tanya Allen , Hart Bochner , Kari Skogland  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tanya Allen, Hart Bochner, Fulvio Cecere, Gregory Calpakis, Terry Chen
  • Directors: Kari Skogland
  • Writers: Kari Skogland
  • Producers: Eberhard Kayser, Gary Pearl, Mario Ohoven, Michael Ohoven, Ogden Gavanski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAYR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Liberty Stands Still" on IMDb

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Liberty Wallace, heiress to and co-president of America's largest gun manufacturing corporation, is on her way to the theater when her cell phone rings. As she stands in the street, the red site laser hitting her chest is proof the mysterious caller is d

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Linda Fiorentino, Wesley Snipes and Oliver Platt (in that order) star in this awfully tedious thriller with a questionable political message. Let's not talk about the issues like pro- or anti-gun control for now, because the film (which is directed by the same person who did "Children of the Corn 666" -- quite a damning title) has no thrills or suspence. And at the time of writing this, we have not seen Ms. Fiorentino for two years -- hope it has not killed her career.
The story is marginally interesting; I say marginally, for we later are to see much better "Phone Booth." Like Colin Farrell film, the protagonist Liberty Wallace (Linda Fiorentino) finds herself in a big trouble. Someone named 'Joe' (Snipes) aims a rifle at her while she is chained to a hotdog stand where an explosive device is set. And Liverty is a wife of a rich gun manufacturor (Oliver Platt), and Joe claims he lost his daughter because of the gun her company made.
The story, which starts promisingly, suddenly loses steam in the first fifteen minutes. And then, it's all about the confusing situations and paper-thin characters whom we just don't care. In terms of thriller, first of all, it is a total failure. See, if the guy Joe is really a good marksman as the film shows, why does he need a bomb in the first place? Unaccountably, the film introduces another 'bomb' rigged to the body of a poor fellow (who is supposedly having an affair with Liberty) which only detracts the tension of the main story.
The film rasies interesting questions such as, Is Liberty (or her husband) really responsible for the death of the people killed by guns? The director clearly leans on the left side, which in itself is no problem.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been worse... or much, much better. December 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Liberty Stands Still (Kari Skogland, 2002)
This movie, whose US run was a stint at the Palm Springs Film Festival, is hard evidence that even if you're on the A-list, they still won't release everything you make. Wesley Snipes heads up this thriller, backed by B-listers Linda Fiorentino and Oliver Platt, and still the biggest market it played was Italy; its Japanese release was also limited.
Snipes stars as Joe, a disenchanted guy with a sniper rifle and a chip on his shoulder. Through a series of not-so-subtle machinations, he traps the heiress to the company that manufactured the rifle (Fiorentino) and has her handcuff herself to a hot dog cart containing a very large bomb in LA. The film's remaining eighty-six minutes (it's ninety-six minutes long, in total) cut between the growing bond between hostage and sniper and the hostage's various attempts to get help.
The above sounds like a setup for a movie that beats one about the head and neck region with a gun control message and has nothing deeper for the average viewer. Such is not the case; Skogland does a decent enough job of keeping the gun-control rhetoric to a minimum and in believable places. The message is still a little overpowering, but not nearly as bad as it could have been. The pace is a bit slow for an action/suspense film, but once you're in the proper position, what is there to do, really, but wait? Perhaps the best way to approach this movie is as a combination of the overly preachy John Q. and the as-yet-unreleased Phone Booth.
Snipes takes the same deadpan approach to this character he did with Monroe Hutchens in Undisputed, and minimalism is not the best way for Snipes to go. His best moments are when he's right on the edge of losing control. They are, unfortunately, too few.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy handed politics ruin an interesting film February 20, 2006
Format:DVD
Warning***Some spoilers below

This movie has good moments, and creates a surprising amount of intensity for a story that revolves around an individual literally standing still. However, the political statements related to gun accessibility are way over the top and so heavy handed that they become trite. After a short while I found myself focusing more on the inaccuracies and inconsistencies of the political arguments instead of the movie itself.

For example, the individual who is upset about the random murder of his daughter by a gunman thinks nothing about killing other people's children. Hmmm... Not a particularly good protagonist.

There is absolutely no counter balance to the story, and the characters become so stereotyped that they lose an real appeal. This is especially true of Liberty, who lacks any redeming quality. Further, nearly everyone in the story winds up dead, except for Liberty, who gets to walk off with her boyfriend after leaving her husband, who unnecessarily placed himself in danger to try to save her, dieing on the street. She didn't even give him a backward glance. I have to admit that by the end of the movie, she was the only character I really wanted to see die. Instead, she is the only one who lives. Go figure... (I think the director wanted us to think of the husband as the villain and Liberty as the hero, but I can't think of a single appealing characteristic of Liberty whereas the husband demonstrated bravery, motivation, and a willingness to sacrifice for others.)

Over all, the movie isn't worth the ride. The cinemaphotography is stylish and the concept is neat. However, the politics are just too dogmatic and poorly argued, and the characters are not compelling. It could have been a good movie, but it just didn't turn out that way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars liberty stands too still
While Linda Fiorentino does a wonderful job starring as a hostage chained to a hot dog stand in the park of a crowded city and Wesley Snipes is probably even better as a sniper... Read more
Published 8 days ago by B. E Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's Ok
Published 1 month ago by A'Yuh
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thriller.
Awesome movie. I have loved it for a long time. So happy to now own it. I would highly recommend watching it.
Published 4 months ago by Nikole
2.0 out of 5 stars I say this because I didn't even get a chance to watch it! :(
I purchased this movie and didn't know it was only available till a certain time. I tried to watch it the first time but a screen kept showing up saying the video has disconnected... Read more
Published 6 months ago by reni
5.0 out of 5 stars liberty stands still
I know this is a B item but it is worth, seeing several times so I got it to show in the Man's Cave
Published 7 months ago by Oliver G. Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I haven't watched this full version yet, but I ordered it because I saw it for the first time on Bounce TV yesterday and realized parts were edited out so I had to see the full... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Char
5.0 out of 5 stars Snipes and Fiorentino, what more do ya need?!?
Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino, Demolition man meets Vision Quest hottie, cant miss here and bonus excellent performance by Oliver Platt. Read more
Published 21 months ago by RANDY L JESTICE
2.0 out of 5 stars From the UK?
I didn't see in the info when ordering, that this was coming from the UK. And I didn't notice the "region" warning. I've never heard of that. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wanda E.
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie wouldn't play
Movie wouldn't play in any of my players.

Th players says wrong reigon.

I am a huge fan of Linda Florentino.
Published 21 months ago by R. R. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty Stands Still
This is a grossly misunderstood film of great quality. The acting and writing are wonderful and the issues, the right to bear arms and morality, are routinely overlooked. Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by Philip G. Paymer
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