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Butterflies Are Free
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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:
Worth a Watch 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, and Angela Lansbury were all considered for the role of Mrs. Baker.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:00:38, the way Jill holds things changes, and then reverts.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Baker:[looking around Don's apartment] Where did this furniture come from?
Don Baker:Some of it came with the apartment, the rest I picked up at a junk shop.
Mrs. Baker:Well, don't tell me which is which, let me guess.
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Movie Connections:
References The Sound of Music (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Butterflies Are FreeSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Worth a Watch, 17 November 2004
Author: julesteberg from Los Angeles, CA

I have been wanting to see this hard to find flick since I had the chance to play the "Goldy" character in the stage play.

Although the film dates to '72 it really isn't even dated, although in one segment it does reference two out of operation airlines--sign of the times.

The cinematic version retains many of the features one would find in the stage play. I found the experience of watching "Butterflies are Free" so much more rewarding then many more countless modern pictures I've forked out 8 bucks for at the theater.

The character development is fantastic, Goldie Hahn is really classic as a

"reformed hippie" San Fran transplant.

However, I feel the supporting characters really shine with their nuanced

performances. The long camera angles and the sets really allow you to see the interaction between the actors and the talent shines. This film is entertaining and enjoyable without expensive special effects, graphic violence or vulgarity-- just a young Goldie in her cute panties and tiny, svelte figure.

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