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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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Director:
Writers:
Leonard Gershe (screenplay)
Leonard Gershe (play)
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Release Date:
22 September 1972 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Take some time to smell the flowers. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Long Shots See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
109 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Eileen Heckart was nominated for the 1970 Tony Award for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Butterflies are Free" but did not win, losing out to her co-star in the play Blythe Danner. She recreated her stage role in this movie version, and was Oscar nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award, the same equivalent category as for the Tony Award, but this time, she won.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:42:19, the position of Don's hand on the ladder changes.See more »
Quotes:
Jill:Boy, I thought I was sloppy!
Don Baker:What do you mean?
Jill:Well, unless you know something I don't. Like, ashes are good for the table. Is that why you keep dropping them on there?
Don Baker:Have you moved the ashtray?
Jill:It's right here, what're ya blind?
Don Baker:Yes.
Jill:What do you mean, yes?
Don Baker:I mean, yes, I'm blind.
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Soundtrack:
Take Me Home, Country RoadsSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Long Shots, 5 August 2004
Author: gpburdell from North Carolina

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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