Cinderella Liberty is a 1973 American drama film adapted by Daryl Ponicsan from his 1973 novel of the same title. The film tells the story of a sailor who falls in love with a prostitute and becomes a surrogate father for her 10-year-old mixed race son. The film stars James Caan, Marsha Mason, and Eli Wallach, and was produced and directed by Mark Rydell.

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Cinderella Liberty
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Rydell
Screenplay byDarryl Ponicsan
Based onCinderella Liberty
by Darryl Ponicsan
Produced byMark Rydell
StarringJames Caan
Marsha Mason
Eli Wallach
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Edited byPatrick Kennedy
Music byJohn Williams
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 18, 1973 (1973-12-18) (U.S.)
  • April 7, 1974 (1974-04-07) (Sweden)
  • September 30, 1974 (1974-09-30) (Germany)
  • September 27, 1974 (1974-09-27) (Belgium)
  • November 8, 1974 (1974-11-08) (Finland)
Running time
117 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$3.7 million (rentals)[2]

The title is derived from the plot point that the sailor, while receiving medical treatment at the Navy base's medical facility, is given what is called a "Cinderella Liberty" pass which allows him to freely leave the naval base as long as he is back by midnight curfew. The movie was filmed in Seattle, Washington.[citation needed]

The film is one of two 1973 film adaptations of Ponicsan's novels; the other was The Last Detail.

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