Up 1,644 this week

The Butterfly Circus (2009)

 |  Short, Drama  |  31 August 2009 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 2,126 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 3 critic

The Butterfly Circus is the story of a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression, lifting the spirits of audiences ... See full summary »


0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
a list of 27 titles
created 12 May 2012
a list of 37 titles
created 17 May 2013
a list of 33 titles
created 17 Jul 2013
a list of 22 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Butterfly Circus (2009)

The Butterfly Circus (2009) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Butterfly Circus.
6 wins. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Validation (2007)
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

Director: Kurt Kuenne
Stars: T.J. Thyne, Vicki Davis, Dave Kuhr
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Mistakes Were Made is a dark coming-of-age story, set in a rural landscape. A young girl from a sad home hopes to find solace in the world outside. However, she is met with the familiar in what she discovers.

Director: Francesca Mirabella
Stars: Kent Gardner, Robin Haynes, Kate King
Bella (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

One day in New York City changes three people forever.

Director: Alejandro Monteverde
Stars: Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez
Stained (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young woman, Anya, struggles under the oppression of the "Old City", a deeply divided society determined to preserve its stability through the systematic segregation of its citizens. ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Weigel
Stars: Jenn Gotzon, Clay Banks, Mark Atteberry
Charlie (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After years of drifting away from his family, Charlie comes home one evening to find another man's car in the driveway. Certain of his wife's infidelity Charlie explodes into a binge of ... See full summary »

Director: Salvatore Interlandi
Stars: D.J. Mendel, Denise Greber, Gabriela Crocco
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Destiny will test the relationship between a father and his son, who are forced to cope with life after the death of the mother.

Director: Alonso Alvarez
Stars: Rafael Amaya, Julio Cedillo, Alejandro Felipe
Crescendo I (2011)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In 18th century Holy Roman Empire, a series of events will turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience for a woman whose life will never be the same.

Director: Alonso Alvarez
Stars: Montserrat Espadalé, Ali Landry, Patrick Nuo
Signs I (2008)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Where do you find love? Sometimes all you need is a sign.

Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Nick Russell, Kestie Morassi
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government.

Director: Dean Wright
Stars: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno
More (1998)
Sci-Fi | Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A worker in a factory learns a lesson about life. When is enough?

Director: Mark Osborne
Most (2003)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A poetic and powerful story of a father forced to choose between love and duty.

Director: Bobby Garabedian
Stars: Vladimír Javorský, Linda Rybová, Ladislav Ondrej

A feature length adaptation of the beloved short film, The Butterfly Circus is the story of a man without limbs who leaves the sideshow world to join a troupe of outcasts in a renowned circus.

Director: Joshua Weigel


Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Vujicic ...
Matt Allmen ...
Lexi Pearl ...
Bob Yerkes ...
Adam S. Gottbetter ...
Jimmy - Painted Man
Christian Pikes ...
Dion Slider ...
Eros Biox ...
Natalie Foster ...


The Butterfly Circus is the story of a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs in a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman, he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Short | Drama

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

31 August 2009 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Once posted online, the short film went viral and has received over 40 million views since its release. It has also been subtitled and dubbed independently by fans into over 25 different languages, and a feature-length version is now in development. See more »


Mr. Mendez: The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Next
See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

At last, a well-made modern Christian film!
16 June 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This film flies by in 20 min. with not a wasted second. Set in the Great Depression, it focuses on an inspirational traveling circus called the "Butterfly Circus". And most especially on the "limbless man" who stows away with them. This film goes as deep as it can in the short time span, so naturally none of the characters can be fully fleshed out. Yet it packs an emotional punch. And each character is given just enough face time so the audience cares about them. To the extremely jaded, they might be skeptical of such an inspirational film as this, but for the majority, this film will lift your spirit, especially if you are a teenager. Although the filmmakers and its star are all Christian, the spiritual message is more buried here, making it immediately accessible to anyone of any persuasion.

I have seen many modern Christian films, and with the exception of the outstanding Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson, most were lamentable. Their budget could not support state of the art special effects and many of the actors seemed to be church buddies of the director with minimal experience. But what was the worst was the poor and superficial script writing. So Butterfly Circus comes off as a real delight. Still working with a limited budget, the director and cast clearly knew how to make use of their resources. The acting, while not Oscar worthy, is realistic and convincing. The script, while unable to be exceptionally deep because of the short running time, is provocative enough to touch the heart. You feel like you're "there" in the story. And the lighting and music are first rate, giving a dreamy feel to the entire production.

The ringmaster Mendes says, "What this world needs is a little wonder!" In its own small way, that is the feeling you are left with after viewing this gem.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
IMDB user rating CrazyCuteGirl
NextD JoshCarpenter
DVD? ahesikoch
Discuss The Butterfly Circus (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: