Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Love Liberty (1982) (TV)

An all-star salute to American ideals, commemorating the 250th anniversary of George Washington's birth. Barbra Streisand performs "America the Beautiful" with the U.S. Air Force Band in England; Robin Williams performs a monologue as the American flag; and the Muppets play members of the Continental Congress. Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys.

From the Los Angeles Sports Arena, this is a production of the great Norman Lear. Opens with a young lad from the Pasadena Boys Choir singing his little heart out, then a long, long roll call (should Jane Fonda and Barry Goldwater ever coexist?) leading to the legendary Burt Lancaster delivering his take on liberty. The final grand scene is a group-sing with everyone literally holding hands. A fun watch just the same.

I Love Liberty (1982) (TV)
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Patty Duke, Robin Williams, Shirley MacLaine

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