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M. Butterfly (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

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Embassy Colleague
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David Hemblen ...
Intelligence Officer #1
Damir Andrei ...
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Antony Parr ...
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Margaret Ma ...
Song's Maid
Tristram Jellinek ...
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Philip McGough ...
Prosecution Attorney
David Neal ...
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Storyline

During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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china | opera | spy | betrayal | 1960s | See All (21) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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M. Baterflaj  »

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$1,499,795 (USA)
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Trivia

The Chinese opera being performed by Song near the beginning is called "Gui Fei Zui Jiu", aka "The Drunken Concubine", aka "Yang Gui Fei Gets Tipsy". See more »

Goofs

The word accordion is misspelled "accordian" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Song Liling: Well, education has always been undervalued in the West, hasn't it?
Rene Gallimard: I wouldn't say that.
Song Liling: No, of course you wouldn't. After all, how can you objectively judge your own values?
Rene Gallimard: I think it's possible to achieve a little distance.
Song Liling: Do you?
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Referenced in Mother (1996) See more »

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beautiful, moving, compelling
22 February 1999 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

This is David Cronenburg's best, based on a true story as bizarre and compelling as his other bizarre and compelling stories. John Lone is wondrous and Jeremy Irons is his usual cold, repressed upper class self. Perfect casting for a provocative director filming a moving story of love and loss.


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