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In the Time of the Butterflies -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Julia Álvarez (novel)
Judy Klass (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 August 2004 (Hungary) See more »
Women had their place. Hers was in the revolution.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Salma Hayek ... Minerva

Edward James Olmos ... Trujillo

Mía Maestro ... Mate

Demián Bichir ... Manolo (as Demian Bichir)
Pilar Padilla ... Dede

Lumi Cavazos ... Patria

Marc Anthony ... Lio

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Captain Pena (as Pedro Armendariz Marquez)
Ana Martín ... Mama

Fernando Becerril ... Enrique Mirabal
Anthony Alvarez ... Palomino

Ermahn Ospina ... Jaimito

Raúl Méndez ... Pedrito
Mariana Sánchez ... Minerva 13 Years Old (as Mariana Sanchez)

Géraldine Bazán ... Patria 15 Years Old (as Geraldine Bazan)
Vanesa Hidalgo ... Dede 14 Years Old

Ilean Almaguer ... Mate 11 Years Old

Paulina Treviño ... Sinita

Ana Layevska ... Lina Lovaton
Vanessa Michele ... Sor Milagros
Verónica Terán ... Sor Anuncion (as Veronica Guadalupe Teran Benitez)
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Mother Superior (as Zaide Silvia Gutierrez Cruz)

Marco Treviño ... El Doctor (as Marco Antonio Treviño Mieres)
Andaluz Russell ... Dinorah (as Andaluz Becerra Russell)
Anilú Pardo ... Magdalena (as Anilu Pardo)
Yolanda Abbud L. ... Inez
Farnesio de Bernal ... Magic Eye (as Farnecio de Bernal)
Raúl Adalid ... Padre Ignacio (as Raul Adalid Sainz)
Miguel Santana ... Young Boy (as Miguel Santana Arellano)
Moisés Suárez ... Bureaucrat (as Moises Suarez Aldana)

Lia Chapman ... Carmen
Stephy Goldberg ... Patria 10 Years Old (as Stephanie Goldberg)
Stephany Coria ... Minerva 8 Years Old
Karla Ortiz ... Dede 9 Years Old
Elia Rodriguez ... Mate 6 Years Old
Pedro Altamirano ... Prison Guard (as Pedro Altamirano Marquez)
Abel Woolrich ... Inmate
Claudia Gonzalez Pumarino ... Lourdes
Jacobo Ricaño ... Manolito 2 Years Old
Angelica Tepepa ... Minou 4 Years Old
Roger Cudney ... Manuel De Moya
Muriel Mayor ... Margarita Mayor
Diana Albert Vazquez ... Margarita - Girl
Jesus Bernardo Avila Mejia ... Army Officer
Jorge Abraham Olvera ... Old Prisoner
Fernando Banda ... Policeman (as Fernando Banda-Espino)
Juan Ignacio Perez-Gutierrez ... Prison Officer
Juan Luis Orendain ... Roberto Arroyo
Jesus Ricardo Lorenzana Cardenas ... Ruffino
Luis Eduardo Casab Tirado ... Train Conductor

Giovanna Zacarías ... Woman Visitor (as Giovanna Rodriguez-Zacarias)
Andres Weiss Santos ... Assistant to Magic Eye
Arturo Posada ... Check Point Soldier (as Arturo Posada Arellano)
Jorge Antonio Gayol Rohen ... University Professor

Directed by
Mariano Barroso 
Writing credits
Julia Álvarez (novel)

Judy Klass (teleplay) &
David Klass (teleplay)

Produced by
Helen Buck Bartlett .... executive producer
Tony Bill .... executive producer
Ellen Gordon .... line producer
Salma Hayek .... executive producer
Mike Medavoy .... executive producer
Craig Roessler .... producer
Diane Sokolow .... co-producer
Jose Tamez .... co-producer
Original Music by
Van Dyke Parks 
Cinematography by
Xavier Grobet  (as Xavier Pérez Grobet)
Film Editing by
Éva Gárdos 
Casting by
Manuel Teil 
Production Design by
Salvador Parra 
Art Direction by
Rogelio Nobara 
Set Decoration by
Israel Becerril 
Costume Design by
María Estela Fernández 
Makeup Department
Sandra Migueli .... hair stylist (as Sandra Miguell)
Jorge Siller .... makeup artist
Carlos Sánchez .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sara Fischer .... executive in charge of production
Álvaro Garnica .... executive in charge of production
Sandra Paredes .... unit manager
Robert C. Rodriguez .... post-production supervisor
Jorge Sánchez .... executive in charge of production
Hugo Villa .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renan Bendersky .... third assistant director
Anne Deluz .... first assistant director
Frederic Henocque .... first assistant director: Mexico
Katarina Stefanovicova .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rene Corona .... set dressing assistant
Patricia Cuevas .... set decorator assistant
Héctor Gil .... property master
Joel López .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Erik Aadahl .... sound effects editor
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... adr mixer
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Felipe Zavala .... boom operator
Omar Ayala .... stunts
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alejandro Arrioja .... steadicam
Bazille .... still photographer
Humberto Delgado .... key grip (as Humberto Delgado Morales)
Javier Enríquez .... chief lighting technician (as Javier Enrique Bautista)
Emiliano Villanueva .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gabriela Fernandez .... costume coordinator
Margarita Lozada .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Pablo Blanco Guzmán .... assistant editor
Pablo Blanco .... additional editing
Anthony Miller .... assistant editor (as Tony Miller)
Location Management
Javier Del Rio .... location assistant
Raymundo Díaz-González .... assistant location manager
Teul Moyron-Contreras .... location manager
Fernando Uriegas .... location manager
Music Department
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Hector Curiel .... transportation coordinator
Jose P. Soriano .... driver
Other crew
Maite Argüelles .... production coordinator: Mexico
Maite Argüelles .... production office coordinator
Luis Enrique Granados .... production assistant
Mónica Hernández .... personal assistant
Cecilia Monterrubio .... production accountant
Israel Pasco .... script supervisor
Luis Salazar .... development associate
Isabel Siliceo .... production assistant
Isabel Siliceo .... travel coordinator
Carlos Solana .... account assistant
Carlos Taibo .... production consultant
Eric Vega .... production coordinator

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Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of violence
95 min | Argentina:90 min | Germany:89 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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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compelling history done blandly, 22 February 2016
Author: SnoopyStyle

General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo rules Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961 with an iron fist. Minerva Mirabal (Salma Hayek) and her three sisters grew up on the farm. At school, Minerva catches the eye of Trujillo (Edward James Olmos). She starts to see injustices and wants to attend law school despite being forbidden for women. She falls for revolutionary Lio who escaped the country and called her butterfly. Minerva struggles against the attention of Trujillo and gains entrance into law school. After Lio's murder, she joins the resistance and Manolo Tavárez (Demian Bichir).

I'm very sure that this is a compelling historical story. The problem is that it's done without any tension or suspense. Hayek is too old to play the younger Minerva. It's hard for her to play naive and innocent. The director doesn't have the style and the story is written blandly.

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