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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 »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
**** One of Goldie's finest moments See more (29 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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
109 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, and Angela Lansbury were all considered for the role of Mrs. Baker.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:42:19, the position of Don's hand on the ladder changes.See more »
Quotes:
Don Baker:I could love you if you'd let me.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Butterflies Are FreeSee more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
**** One of Goldie's finest moments, 28 March 2001
Author: Bil-3 from Toronto, Ontario

Need strong proof to support the argument that Goldie Hawn is the finest of actresses? Watch this classic one along with her masterpiece Private Benjamin. In Butterflies she's funny, tragic, serious and as endearing as she could possibly could be as Jill, the wacky new girl in town who finds herself surprised when her neighbour Don (Edward Albert, Eddie Albert's son) reveals to her that he's completely blind. They have lunch, go shopping, get to know each other, and worst of all meet Don's mother. Don't mistake Eileen Heckart or her awards in the role of the domineering matriarch, she ain't just any aging woman playing a mother. The character is annoying, callous, loving and wise and the relationship that develops between the three characters is very moving. All this presented with great dialogue provided by Leonard Gershe (based on his own stage play).

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