Liberty Stands Still

Synopsis: A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Then, he goes to a room above an LA plaza and draws a bead on the actor's lover, international arms dealer, Liberty Wallace. Calling himself "Joe," he calls her cell phone, demonstrates that a rifle is pointed at her, and tells her to cuff herself to a hot-dog cart nearby (the cuffs are there). Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, he wants a public debate on the Second Amendment. As Liberty begins to bond with Joe on the phone, he gets some truths from her - and his revenge.
Director(s): Kari Skogland
Production: Lions Gate Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

saying he would be here | 10 minutes ago.

Shit. Okay, | five more minutes, every one.

Should I be getting dressed? | F*ck off.


I'll get dressed anyway,

just in case.


So you want to spot me | another gram?

It's the weekend. | Can't do that, Mel.

I got a big day, bro'.

Look, I'm going to tell you | something, man.

My boss is a mean | son of a bitch, all right?

I got kids, you know?

A hundred. I'll give you | the rest Monday... end of day.

Don't be waving that shit | around here, man.


Hey. | I swear.

You the man, Dwayne. | Whatever.

Hello, Dwayne.


Has it been a week already? | Yeah.

Last performance tonight. | We're having a big party.


Well, they got some big numbers | coming in from New York next.

Oh, yeah. | Yeah.

Big deal.




You take care | of yourself, huh?

Got a good thing going on, | you and me, huh?

(cell phone rings)

Liberty Wallace.

Nice to meet you, | Liberty Wallace.

My name's Joe. | What could I do for you, Joe?

Stand still.

Excuse me?

I'll need you | to pay attention.

Look, I'm late for a play. | Who is this?

You mean you're late | for your weekly f*ck?


(phone beeps, rings)

(cell phone ringing)

Look, asshole, whoever you are, | if you call one more time...

I didn't expect | to like Russell.

But then again, I guess you | didn't expect to like him either.

About a half hour?

| Dwayne had to take a whiz...

(gasps) he needs you | to step in.

What do you want?


Walk over | to the hot dog stand.

You need to be closer.


You need to know | I've locked a signal

onto your cell number.

There's a bomb,

a really big bomb,

in that hot dog stand.

I'll shoot | innocent people.

We've got | a bit of ground to cover,

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Kari Skogland

Kari Skogland is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. In 2016, she co-founded independent production company Mad Rabbit. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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