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In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  19 August 2004 (Hungary)
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In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar Padilla ...
Captain Pena (as Pedro Armendariz Marquez)
Ana Martín ...
Enrique Mirabal
Anthony Alvarez ...
Mariana Sánchez ...
Minerva 13 Years Old (as Mariana Sanchez)
Patria 15 Years Old (as Geraldine Bazan)


On November 25, 1960, the bodies of three sisters were found near the bottom of a cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official daily 'El Caribe' reports that it had been an accident, but it does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it mention the sisters' fierce opposition to the General Trujillo's dictatorship. This is their story: how Minerva started the tragedy by refusing Trujillo; how Patria became an opponent from the church itself; how Maria Teresa joined the revolution through the love. And how they lost their wings, but not their courage. They were Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies". Written by Diana Heche <>

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Women had their place. Hers was in the revolution.

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Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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19 August 2004 (Hungary)  »

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En el tiempo de las mariposas  »

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On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th, the anniversary of the day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, as the annual date for the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" in commemoration of the sisters' sacrifice. See more »


When Leo enters the chicken coop to talk to Minerva he leaves the door slightly ajar. When he makes to leave the coop, the door is wide open. See more »


Referenced in Vecinos: La pareja de ventas (2005) See more »


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Written by Brad Hatfield
Performed by Carlitos Delgado
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An authentically depicted story of rare courage
24 February 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This story about the Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for resisting tyranny is a remarkable film. The acting, directing and writing excellent.

Importantly, the cast was not Anglicized. Unlike, say, The Mask of Zorro, which is set in Spain but has Antonio Banderas as the only Hispanic actor in a lead role, this film opts for authenticity from top to bottom. Which serves a sign of respect for the powerful, compelling drama that is rendered.

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