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Butterfly (1982)

In 1937 Nevada, silver mine caretaker Jess Tyler is reunited with his teenage daughter Kady who will do anything to persuade Jess to let her have claim to the mine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belle Morgan
Wash Gillespie
Moke Blue
Rev. Rivers
Mrs. Helen Gillespie
Mr. Gillespie
Ed Lamey (as Buck Flower)
Ann Dane ...
Greg Gault ...
John O'Conner White ...


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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From the author who gave you "The Postman Always Rings Twice"..."Double Indemnity"..."Mildred Pierce" ...Now, his most powerful and daring love story comes to the screen! See more »


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5 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Mariposa  »

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1.85 : 1
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This movie was not actually Pia Zadora's first film as she had appeared as a child in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) eighteen years earlier. Zadora's billing on this picture erroneously states "Presenting Pia Zadora as Kady". See more »


Kady Tyler: [brought home by car that just dropped her off] Morning, Jess.
Jess Tyler: [demanding] Who was that?
Kady Tyler: A friend.
Jess Tyler: [yelling] Who was he?
Kady Tyler: [obviously the worse for wear] Ooh, don't yell!
Jess Tyler: Did you lay up with him last night?
Kady Tyler: If I did, would you get your shotgun... and make him marry me?
Jess Tyler: Where was you last night?
[she dunks her head in the trough, no answer]
Jess Tyler: Kade!
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Silver on the Sage
Sung by Johnny Bond
Written by Ralph Rainger (uncredited) and Leo Robin (uncredited)
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Classic Star Studded Camp Effort
20 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's been 20 plus years since I watched this masterpiece. I disagree strongly with the trash talk by the general run of reviewers who are blinded by this film's brilliance because they're shocked... mind you shocked to find European standards applied to an American film. I was riveted from the first frame to the last... and feel that Pia certainly deserved her golden globe... and for Orson, the final act was his greatest. In the end, Butterfly is an artistic effort by a fine ensemble that left me wordlessly wandering the streets of Port Townsend rejoicing that Hollywood had not completely sold out to the censors and bigots who had been squelching creativity in American cinema since the implementation of "the Hollywood production code" that had seemed to forever have doomed Hollywood's efforts to second-rate melodramas.

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