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Butterfly (1982)

Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before, who's accused of improper relations with his daughter Kady. ... See full summary »

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Jess Tyler
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Kady Tyler
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Judge Rauch
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Belle Morgan
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Wash Gillespie
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Moke Blue
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Rev. Rivers
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Mrs. Helen Gillespie
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Mr. Gillespie
Paul Hampton ...
Norton
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Ed Lamey (as Buck Flower)
Ann Dane ...
Janey Tyler
Greg Gault ...
Bridger
John O'Conner White ...
Billy Roy
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Allen
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Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before, who's accused of improper relations with his daughter Kady. Complications follows when Wash, father of Kady's baby, comes back to take her away. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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A Controversial Thriller of Murder and Revenge. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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5 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Mariposa  »

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Trivia

The source 'James M Cain' novel's setting was changed from Appalachia to Nevada & Arizona for this movie. See more »

Quotes

Kady Tyler: That feels so good, Jess. Good, good hands... What's wrong?
Jess Tyler: It ain't right.
Kady Tyler: Feels good to me. Does it to you?
Jess Tyler: It just ain't right.
Kady Tyler: It's right if it's good.
Jess Tyler: You're my daughter, Kady.
Kady Tyler: I'm a woman, too.
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Connections

Referenced in Laserdisc Memories: The Lonely Lady (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Wrong For Me To Love You
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carol Connors
Performed by Pia Zadora
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It's not as Bad as many say, but its not that good either.
30 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Once again, as I write this, I gotta tell ya, I saw this on the "Z" Channel in Los Angeles in the early 80's. I had three emotions while seeing this..one was, "This is messed up" then laughter, and one more was: "Pia Zadora isn't THAT bad of an actress."

You see, it WAS the 80's. Pia had an on screen "something" that with the right vehicle could have given her a decent film career. Leading Lady? No way. The second or third important female role? You betcha. Such as "the wicked sister" or "the backstabbing girl friend" roles, with the type of stuff that was coming out then. She could have been a "cheap rent" Jane Seymour type in films playing those rolls. But she got this one...and it wasn't that great. The story was all over the place, the sexual tension was laughable and...very confusing at times. This film is bad, but top 200 bad, not top 50 bad.

The gosh-awful script didn't help ANYONE in this film. It was bad. There is a bit of "camp" film quality running through this film at points, not enough to make it a "good-camp" film to redeem it. A lot of misguided areas here, a hodgepodge of a story and a lot of wasted talent.

Thank goodness for all involved, there was a paycheck waiting for them at the end.


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