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Butterflies Are Free (1972)

A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.

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All Don Baker wants is a place of his own away from his over-protective mother. Don's been blind since birth, but that doesn't stop him from setting up in a San Francisco apartment and making the acquaintance of his off-the-wall, liberated, actress neighbor Jill. Don learns the kind of things from Jill that his mother would never have taught him! And Jill learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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22 September 1972 (Finland)  »

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Las mariposas son libres  »

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Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, and Angela Lansbury were all considered for the role of Mrs. Baker which in the end was cast with actress Eileen Heckart. See more »

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At 1:00:38, the way Jill holds things changes, and then reverts. See more »

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Jill: [talking about auditioning for the play naked] I don't think anyone could call me a prude.
Mrs. Baker: [mock outrage] I'd like to see them try!
Jill: Well, at first I hated the idea of getting completely undressed, but there were, like, twenty or thirty actors all around me, all naked, and I was the only one with clothes on! How would you feel?
Mrs. Baker: Warm, all over.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Home, Country Roads
Music and Lyrics by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
Published by Cherry Lane Music Co.
Sung by Edward Albert
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Stage presence
27 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I bumped into this movie, a Goldie Hawn feature that I hadn't heard of. It turned out to bit of a gem. Clearly, written for the stage rather than the big stage, it did translate into a watchable couple of hours although I still consider that the stage is probably the most suitable home for this piece. The acting was terrific. Hawn was quirky, charming, frustrating, not to mention sexy. Such a confused and immature character, yet you couldn't help but like her. You wanted to sympathise with Edward Albert as the blind neighbour and yet, he didn't want people to sympathise with him. He displayed admirable courage and yet a fragility that could break at any second despite his noble. independence. Eileen Heckart won an Oscar for the mother. She was frustrating to start with and then her love and determination to look after her son shone through and you ended up being so full of admiration for her. Lots of talking and yet you get drawn in from an early stage so that you really, genuinely care. Don't let this butterfly pass you by.


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