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In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Captain Pena (as Pedro Armendariz Marquez)
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Enrique Mirabal
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Minerva 13 Years Old (as Mariana Sanchez)
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Patria 15 Years Old (as Geraldine Bazan)
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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 <dianaheche@hotmail.com>

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Pretty Dissapointed
30 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The era of Trujillo as well as the Mirabal sisters could never be forgotten by the Dominican People. I grew up in the Dominican Republic and have many relatives from over there that have often told me stories about the horrors of living during Trujillo's Regime and the heroines that the Mirabal sisters were for standing up to him. The movie lacked too much in order to make it look like accurate Dominican History. First of all, I heard it was not even filmed in the Dominican Republic but in Mexico. Hence, that is why all the extras seem to be indigenous. In a sense I found this odd, for most of the dominican population is made up of whites, blacks, and mulattoes. To use indigenous people to represent the dominican population is like using white actors to represent the black population in a movie about Africa. Being that I read the book before hand I felt like the movie missed too much. Why didn't they portrayed the relationship between Minerva and her father more accurately? why were the stories of the other two sisters not told better? at times it feel like they were just extras that were waiting for Minerva to order them around. The best part of the book is how Patria, after many years of believing in Trujillo, finally wakes up to see him for what he really is. What ever happen to those scenes? This movie focuses too much on Minerva, and although she was the head of the group, the other sisters were also risking their lives and had a story to tell. A portrayal of the event could have been better made.


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