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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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The long run hit play on the screen with all its humor and all its heart. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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22 September 1972 (Finland)  »

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Las mariposas son libres  »

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The picture's source stage play was loosely based on the life of attorney and former Harvard law student Harold Krents who was blind. Lawyer Krents, whose struggle to overcome blindness and become independent, was the inspiration for this film's source Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). Krents also acted as a technical advisor for the movie's production. See more »

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

Quotes

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 »

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Butterflies Are Free
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (as Steve Schwartz)
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Surprising
5 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I randomly put this movie on today, and I was pleasantly surprised. So much that I took the time to register and write the only review of a movie I've ever written. The movie feels more like a play, with a majority of the movie occurring in one space. The bulk of the movie is dialog, the main character Donny is blind. The movie is about his struggle for independence from his enabling mother and his interaction with his newfound roommate, Jill. I found all the actors delivery to be exceptional, and the interactions dynamic and entertaining. Most of the movie is conversations between the characters with quick replies and wit worthy of note. There's not much going on in the film outside of a simple plot, but the movie touches on some very serious, emotional moments as well as humorous. I think Donny's character is played excellently, and the other roles very convincing as well. Overall I found the movie to be really well done, entertaining and not at all bland, although it is definitely more like a play than a movie, so it might take a little more creativity and thought to make it as appealing, but that's what I enjoy anyway. Very impressed, haven't enjoyed a movie that much in a while. And it's 34 years old.


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