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Director:
Writers:
James M. Cain (novel)
Matt Cimber (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
5 February 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not As Bad As Its Reputation See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stacy Keach ... Jess Tyler

Pia Zadora ... Kady Tyler

Orson Welles ... Judge Rauch

Lois Nettleton ... Belle Morgan

Edward Albert ... Wash Gillespie

James Franciscus ... Moke Blue

Stuart Whitman ... Rev. Rivers

June Lockhart ... Mrs. Helen Gillespie

Ed McMahon ... Mr. Gillespie
Paul Hampton ... Norton

George 'Buck' Flower ... Ed Lamey (as Buck Flower)
Ann Dane ... Janey Tyler
Greg Gault ... Bridger
John O'Conner White ... Billy Roy

Peter Jason ... Allen
Kim Ptak ... Deputy

Leigh Christian ... Saleslady
Abraham Rudnick ... Court Stenographer (as Dr. Abraham Rudnick)
John F. Goff ... Truck Driver (as John Goff)
Dylan Urquidi ... Danny

Directed by
Matt Cimber 
 
Writing credits
James M. Cain (novel)

Matt Cimber  adaptation and
John F. Goff  screenplay (as John Goff) and
Matt Cimber  screenplay

Produced by
Tino Barzie .... executive producer
Matt Cimber .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Eduard van der Enden  (as Eddy Van Der Enden)
 
Film Editing by
Thierry J. Couturier (co-editor)
Brent A. Schoenfeld  (as B.A. Schoenfeld)
Stan Siegel 
 
Art Direction by
Dave De Carlo 
 
Set Decoration by
Sheila Wallace 
 
Production Management
Jefferson Richard .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sanford Hampton .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sandy Dvore .... graphics
Cheryl Levenson .... property master
Allen Teny .... construction supervisor
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Black .... sound mixer
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer
Kenn Fuller .... boom operator
Don Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Alan Stone)
James Troutman .... supervising sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
 
Stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Greg Gault .... stunt coordinator
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator
John O'Conner White .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Andrien .... gaffer
Mark Buckalew .... second assistant camera
Bruce Hamme .... key grip
G. Frank Leedy .... still photographer
Michael Lund .... first assistant camera
Diana Lyn .... still photographer
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Bates .... wardrobe mistress
Bob Mackie .... costumes: Pia Zadora
 
Editorial Department
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Richard Kleiner .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Morris I. Diamond .... music consultant
Robert Takagi .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Tam Halling .... transportation captain
Roger Wooge .... transportation
 
Other crew
Lucienne Appel .... public relations
Bobby Jo Cawley .... production coordinator (as Bob Cawley)
Meshulam Riklis .... presenter (as M. Riklis)
Brenda Weisman .... script supervisor
 

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107 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
The film was nominated for 10 Golden Raspberry Awards in 1982 including "Worst Picture". Pia Zadora won for "Worst Actress" and "Worst New Star" whilst Ed McMahon won "Worst Supporting Actor".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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Soundtrack:
It's Wrong For Me To Love YouSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not As Bad As Its Reputation, 23 February 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Butterfly (1982)

** (out of 4)

Based on the James M. Cain novel, this film centers on the young Kady Tyler (Pia Zadora) who returns home to live with her father Jess (Stacy Keach) and soon she begins to seduce him. Yeah, you read that right. Zadora made history with this film as she won the Razzie Worst Actress award while at the same time winning the Golden Globe New Star of the Year award. You can read about the controversy behind the Globes win elsewhere but to say this film is normal would be a very big lie. BUTTERFLY isn't nearly as bad or as trashy as its reputation would have you believe. It's not a soft-core porn flick if that's what you're expecting but more of a romantic mystery that probably shouldn't have been made. Those coming to the film to see how horrid Zadora is are also going to be disappointed because I really didn't find her as bad as the film's reputation. It seems she just became a punchline after winning the Golden Globe and while she's certainly not great or even good here, there's no doubt that she's taken way too much heat for the performance. I thought she played that dirty teenager well enough for a film like this. What she lacks is certainly made up by Keach who is actually very good here. I thought he did a very good job at showing the conflict that his male/father character had over the sexual advances of his daughter. Another person who's "bad performance" reputation is somewhat of a lie is that of Orson Welles who plays a judge. I really didn't find him to be bad here and in fact I thought he was quite good and that his performance certainly had a wink to the viewer to it. The film falls flat on a few levels including the running time, which just goes on way too long. The screenplay itself just doesn't have enough interesting moments to help keep the thing entertaining from start to finish. Another problem is that director Matt Cimber just doesn't add enough spark or energy to the picture. BUTTERFLY will probably always been known as a disaster but I think its reputation is quite unfair. It's not a good movie but there are certainly much worse out there.

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