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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:
Throw her a robe 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:
Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lead actress Pia Zadora also sung the film's theme song "It's Wrong For Me to Love You".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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20 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Throw her a robe, 5 May 2002
Author: eminges from mission, ks

A few years ago, this showed up on everybody's Ten Worst list. Then with the explosion of videotape, giving people access to hundreds of really godawful movies, Butterfly kind of drifted off into obscurity.

It's time to bring it back to the front. This movie seriously reeks. Pia Zadora has as much business standing in front of a movie camera as Judge Judy in a thong. I've seen classier emoting in the vice-principal's office. Sensual? Actually, she looks like a legal secretary who ate a bad clam for lunch, and her face is puffing up pretty bad. Let's face it, her acting peaked in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians; watch carefully, and you'll see her flash the camera, thankfully revealing nothing whatsoever.

Stacy Keach tries to maintain his dignity, James Franciscus gets the only good bit in the movie as a spectacular slimeball, and Ed McMahon shows up at one point playing a rich, drunk Irishman - make up your own joke.

But it's the script that makes Butterfly worth renting, worth owning, and worth demanding on DVD. This is one of those rare bad scripts that thrusts itself into the forefront past bad actors, bad direction, and the most ludicrous costume design since Myra Breckinridge. Seek it out, invite friends over, and everybody can slam a brewski every time the camera zooms in for an overlit shot of Mz Pia looking up into the lens and slitting her eyes (that's "expressing deep feeling"), or Stacy Keach making a strange face like he just caught something dreadful in his zipper (so's that).

There's a whole generation out there who never heard of James M. Cain, and it's our job to get the Truth to the Youth.

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