Chasing Liberty

Chasing Liberty

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Director: Andy Cadiff, Shelly Ziegler

Cast: Andy Cadiff, Shelly Ziegler, Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode


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Television director Andy Cadiff turns toward feature films to direct the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty, which appears to be loosely based on the 1953 Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday. Mandy Moore stars as Anna Foster, the 18-year-old daughter of President of the United States James Foster (Mark Harmon). Anna has led quite a privileged life, but sheSee more details below


Television director Andy Cadiff turns toward feature films to direct the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty, which appears to be loosely based on the 1953 Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday. Mandy Moore stars as Anna Foster, the 18-year-old daughter of President of the United States James Foster (Mark Harmon). Anna has led quite a privileged life, but she has grown to resist the constant presence of Secret Service agents getting in the way of her independence. While on a family trip to Europe, Anna manages to get away from security for a brief time. She inevitably falls into the romantic arms of British boy Ben Calder (Matthew Goode), with whom she enjoys a fresh and clean European vacation. Not wanting to ruin her fun, she doesn't tell him about her upper-class social status. But, alas, Ben surprises her with a secret identity of his own. Jeremy Piven and Annabella Sciorra play two Secret Service agents. Caroline Goodall plays the wise, conventional First Lady.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The first of two president's daughter movies released in 2004, Chasing Liberty is also the more entertaining, since it doubles as a European travelogue. Both this and First Daughter address a girl's desire to escape the claustrophobic smothering of the secret service, but Liberty has the advantage of not dumbing down the material into a wish-fulfillment princess fantasy, despite the presence of teen-friendly Mandy Moore. Of course, it couldn't be designed for anyone but teens, but it treats teens as real people grappling with such mature issues as whether and how to lose their virginity. In fact, Moore's whole agenda in going on the lam is to get to the Love Parade in Berlin. A festival with that kind of name, featuring rave music, hints at a certain amount of sexual and drug-related behavior, and the producers deserve credit for not shying away from those associations. Moore wins equal points for continuing to mature as an actress, especially since she came on the scene as a pop singer. Her character is pretty grounded and believable for someone who wants a wild European adventure, and her scenes with Matthew Goode have chemistry and complexity. Characters who don't fare so well are the comic relief team of Jeremy Piven and Annabella Sciorra, the "cool" (i.e. non-thuggish) agents who trail Anna through Europe. Piven's innuendos and Sciorra's eyeball-rolling reactions to them -- which naturally dovetail into a romantic subplot -- could have been trimmed. Overall, though, Chasing Liberty earns credibility for refusing to sugarcoat the story it chooses to tell.

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Special Features

Additional Scenes; Gag Reel; Entire Concert Performance of the Seed by the Roots; Commentary by Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode; Passport to Europe: European Grand Tour With the Stars, Recalling Their Fun During the Shoot and Offering Travel Tips; Theatrical Trailer; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mandy Moore Anna Foster
Matthew Goode Ben Calder
Jeremy Piven Alan Weiss
Annabella Sciorra Cynthia Morales
Caroline Goodall Michelle Foster
Mark Harmon President James Foster
Miriam Margolyes Maria
Sam Ellis Phil
Sam Ellis Phil
Martin Hancock McGruff
Beatrice Rosenblatt Gabrielle
Stark Sands Grant Hillman
Grant Hillman Stark Sands
Tony Jayawardena White House Guard
Briony Glassco Photo Mother
Lily Tello Photo Daughter 1
Tyla Barnfield Photo Daughter 2
Terence Maynard Harper
Lewis Hancock Press Secretary
Lewis Hagon Secretary Of State
Zac Benoir Chairman Of The Joint Chief Of Staff
Jan Goodman National Security Advisor
Robert Ashe Chief Of Staff
Beatrice Rosen Gabrielle
Roots Themselves
Lucie Liskova Drunk Girl in Club
Brian Caspe Agent In Club
Marek Vasut Drunk Man In Bar
Frantisek Cerny Marquis De Sade Band
Milan Cimfe Marquis De Sade Band
Pavel Karlik Marquis De Sade Band
Joel Sugerman Onlooker At The River
Petr Meissel Man At Train Station
Maurizio Dal Corso Italian Waiter
Joseph Long Eugenio
Jan Vosmik Farmer's Son 1
Jan Filipensky Farmer's Son 2
Jan Kuzelka Farmer
Nial Iskhakov Austrian Child
Adrian Bouchet Gus Gus
Petr Vanek Gen - Xer #1
David Maj Gen - Xer #2
Jeremy Healy Himself
Dusan Fager Partier #1
Dennison Betram Partier #2
Zdenek Hamouz Weiss' New partner
Benjamin Wallfisch Conductor

Technical Credits
Andy Cadiff Director
Shelly Ziegler Director
Christian Almesberger Camera Operator
Lisa Beach Casting
Nancy Bishop Casting
Lilian Burch Screenwriter
Simon Butteriss Consultant/advisor
Emilio Della Cheisa Camera Operator
Martin Childs Production Designer
Kira Davis Co-producer
Maria De Paoli Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Desborough Consultant/advisor
Katherine Dorrer Production Manager
Filippo Fassetta Asst. Director
Peter Freeman Asst. Director
Micro Fusion Producer
Jim Gilchrist Sound/Sound Designer
Christine Greenwood Makeup
Jon Gregory Editor
Derek Guiley Screenwriter
Rosie Hackett Costumes/Costume Designer
Christian Henson Score Composer
David Insley Cinematographer
Sallie Jaye Makeup
Priscilla John Casting
John Daly Cinematographer
Broderick Johnson Producer
Tina Jones Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Katzman Casting
Lolli Kimpton Production Manager
Andrew Kosove Producer
Martin Kurel Art Director
Jon Leshay Musical Direction/Supervision
Olda Mach Asst. Director
Vince McGahon Camera Operator
Peter Moravec Co-producer
Hannah Moseley Art Director
Hannah Mosley Art Director
Ondrej Nerud Production Designer
Niamh O'Loan Makeup
David Parfitt Producer
Wayne Rice Executive Producer
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Ashley Rowe Cinematographer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
David Schneiderman Screenwriter
Chrissy Spino Associate Producer
Ivol Strangmuller Makeup
Tomas Sysel Cinematographer
Gareth Tandy Asst. Director
Volker Ullrich Production Manager
Xan Valan Asst. Director
Benjamin Wallfisch Score Composer
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chasing Liberty
1. Her Address [3:17]
2. Out of Control [4:36]
3. What's Third Base? [2:24]
4. Point-Scoring Attempts [3:25]
5. Two Trashy Friends [3:35]
6. Liberty Liberated [4:02]
7. Whatever, Mrs. Bond [6:02]
8. Illusion of Independence [3:42]
9. Photo Opportunity [2:04]
10. Love-Starved [4:53]
11. Trace This [4:21]
12. Get Over Yourself [3:29]
13. Connecting With McGruff [3:32]
14. Venice Awaits [3:46]
15. Loving Fugitives [4:06]
16. Gondola Amore [1:09]
17. Just Two People [3:16]
18. Appreciating Beauty [4:49]
19. As Bad As it Gets [2:50]
20. Separate Ways [2:35]
21. Big Jump [3:50]
22. Unbloody-Hinged [3:16]
23. Kinda Sexy [4:26]
24. The Truth [2:36]
25. Liberty Secure [3:59]
26. Love at Harvard [4:25]
27. Home For the Holidays [2:30]
28. Big Gesture [3:05]
29. End Credits [3:30]

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