Butterfly (1982)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  5 February 1982 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Tyler
Kady Tyler
Judge Rauch
Belle Morgan
Wash Gillespie
Moke Blue
Rev. Rivers
Mrs. Helen Gillespie
Mr. Gillespie
Paul Hampton ...
Ed Lamey (as Buck Flower)
Ann Dane ...
Janey Tyler
Greg Gault ...
John O'Conner White ...
Billy Roy


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 »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

5 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mariposa  »

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This movie was made and released about thirty-five years after its source novel "The Butterfly" by 'James M Cain' was first published in 1947. The movie dropped the word "The" from the book's title. See more »


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


It's Wrong For Me To Love You
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carol Connors
Performed by Pia Zadora
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I worked extra in this film....
21 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that would have been good as the "B" film at the drive-in. You could tell from the beginning that it was a movie made for television. I worked extra on the set, and Orson Welles had a bottle of wine behind his podium as he did his judge shtick. He drank so much he would forget his lines, and he abused the cue card holders something fierce. After awhile, we ungrateful extras were yelling, "He will drink all wine before its time!" Cruel, but we were frustrated. Stacy Keach was a consummate professional, however. He acted as though the movie was "Citizen Kane." I have had great respect for him ever since.

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