Butterflies Are Free (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  22 September 1972 (Finland)
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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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Ralph (as Michael Glaser)
Roy Stratton (as Mike Warren)


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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Eileen Heckart and Paul Michael Glaser reprise the roles they created in the original 1969 Broadway production. See more »


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


Mrs. Baker: [talking about Ralph's play] I do not intend to pay money to see nudity, obscenity and degeneracy.
Ralph: Mrs. Baker, these things are all a part of life.
Mrs. Baker: I know, Mr. Santori. So is diarrhea, but I wouldn't classify it as entertainment.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


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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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Long Shots
5 August 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie, but one thing I noticed and appreciated was the long shots. Modern movies usually are changing angles and context every few seconds; while like a play, this movie will hold a shot for minutes at a time. I think it shows the strength of the actors, while most contemporary movies can mask poor acting with editing. This is especially true towards the end of the movie, in the scene where Don and Jill confront each other's feelings. I was amazed at how Goldie was able to hold the emotion of the scene and keep me drawn in for such an extended period.

I've never been a big Goldie fan, but I had never seen this movie until recently. I have to say this movie changes my opinion and makes we wonder what other films of hers from this period are like.

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