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Butterflies Are Free -- A sensitive, touching comedy about a blind young man determined to make a life for himself. Stars Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn.


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Leonard Gershe (screenplay)
Leonard Gershe (play)
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Release Date:
22 September 1972 (Finland) See more »
Take some time to smell the flowers. See more »
A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Jill Tanner

Edward Albert ... Don Baker

Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Baker

Paul Michael Glaser ... Ralph (as Michael Glaser)

Michael Warren ... Roy Stratton (as Mike Warren)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlene Jones ... Girl in Mod Shop (uncredited)
Jessica Rains ... 1st Girl (uncredited)

Paul Ryan ... Man in Mod Shop (uncredited)

Debralee Scott ... Girl in Opening Credits (uncredited)
Sandra Vacey ... Girl in Mod Shop (uncredited)

Directed by
Milton Katselas 
Writing credits
Leonard Gershe (screenplay)

Leonard Gershe (play)

Produced by
M.J. Frankovich .... producer
Original Music by
Bob Alcivar 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles B. Lang)
Film Editing by
David E. Blewitt  (as David Blewitt)
Casting by
Bob Ellsworth 
Production Design by
Robert Clatworthy 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Susan Germaine .... hairdresser (as Suzy Germain)
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... unit manager
William O'Sullivan .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director
David Hawks .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ned Kopp .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Clayton Shair .... property master
George Luxemberg .... props (uncredited)
Sam Moore .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Haynes .... sound re-recordist
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recordist
Phil Mitchell Jr. .... mic operator (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Edward Albert (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmo Buness .... dolly operator
John Englert .... key grip
Gene Glick .... gaffer
Arnold L. Rich .... camera operator (as Arnold Rich)
Paul E. Borchardt .... best boy (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Victor King .... second camera assistant (uncredited)
Dennis O'Sullivan .... first camera assistant (uncredited)
Larry Stott .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costume supervisor: men
Edna Taylor .... costume supervisor: women
Editorial Department
Earle Herdan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph James Hall .... music editor (as Ralph Hall)
Michael Stone .... music mixer
Mike Deasy .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Harold Krents .... technical advisor
Maury Nemoy .... title designer
Charles M. Powell .... public relations
Jim Powers .... unit publicist
Rose Steinberg .... script supervisor
Arthur Whitelaw .... stage producer: New York
Mary Loos .... story consultant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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109 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, and Angela Lansbury were all considered for the role of Mrs. Baker.See more »
Continuity: At 1:42:19, the position of Don's hand on the ladder changes.See more »
Mrs. Baker:And what is that on your head?
Don Baker:[wearing the hat he bought with Jill] French foreign legion cap.
Mrs. Baker:Oh, have you enlisted?
Don Baker:No, I was drafted.
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Carry MeSee more »


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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Surprising, 5 August 2004
Author: (multidecoy) from DC metro area

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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