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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:
I would love to see this story performed on stage 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 and Paul Michael Glaser reprise the roles they created in the original 1969 Broadway production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:42:19, the position of Don's hand on the ladder changes.See more »
Quotes:
Jill:I'm auditioning for a part in a new play with a little theatre group called The Cosmic Workshop. It's about this girl who gets all hung up when she marries a homosexual. Originally he was an alcoholic, but homosexuals are very in now in movies and books and plays, so they changed it.
[pause]
Jill:Are you homosexual?
Don Baker:No, just blind.
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Movie Connections:
References The Sound of Music (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me Home, Country RoadsSee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
I would love to see this story performed on stage, 8 March 2000
Author: littlejake4 from cape coral, florida

I enjoyed this film very much; it appeals to the romantic in all of us, yet it is very candid. Goldie Hawn is perfect for the role of Jill, she seems so at ease with the character. Eileen Heckart is wonderful as the overbearing yet caring mother. She loves her son and it is hard for her to let go of him & to stop taking care of her son, Don, especially since he is blind. She feels that he needs someone to care for him and she thinks his new neighbor and love interest Jill is not the girl to do that. Heckart won the best supporting oscar that year for the film and she was much deserving because she is excellent. The film has some very touching scenes between each of the actors as Don struggles for independence from his mother and as he fights to convince Jill that they could have a relationship despite his blindness and how his mother has scared her away. I also love that the film has been adapted from a play and you can really sense that with simple apartment setting. A interesting note is that the Leonard Gershe who wrote the play was inspired by a real life person: Harold Krentz. Gershe heard Krentz talking on a radio show about being drafted for the military during the vietnam war, the odd thing is Harold Krentz has been blind since childhood. Harold Krentz wrote a book called "To Race the Wind" and he writes about being the inspiration for the story of Butterflies are free.

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