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Butterflies Are Free (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | July 1972 (USA)
A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jill
... Don
... Mrs. Baker
... Ralph (as Michael Glaser)
... Roy (as Mike Warren)
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Storyline

All Don Baker wants is a place of his own away from his over-protective mother. Don's been blind since birth, but that doesn't stop him from setting up in a San Francisco apartment and making the acquaintance of his off-the-wall, liberated, actress neighbor Jill. Don learns the kind of things from Jill that his mother would never have taught him! And Jill learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Take some time to smell the flowers. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Las mariposas son libres  »

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1.85 : 1
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In the original play, Jill's last name was Benson. See more »

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The door behind Don is open when seen at 1:19:55 or earlier and closed whenever seen following 1:20:07. At 1:20:42, the door opens when Mrs. Baker rushes past Don, and in the next second it is obvious that Don was nowhere near the door. See more »

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Jill: [arguing to Mrs. Baker] You're always dwelling on the negative. Always what he needs, never what he wants. Always what he can't do, never what he can. What about his music? Have you heard the songs he wrote? I'll bet you didn't even know he could write songs. Well, you might be dead right about me. I'm not the ideal girl for Don. But I know one thing: neither are you! And if I'm going to tell anybody to go home, it's gonna be you, Mrs. Baker! You go home!
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Carry Me
Music by Bob Alcivar
Lyrics by Randy McNeill
Sung by Steve Adler
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17 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have been wanting to see this hard to find flick since I had the chance to play the "Goldy" character in the stage play.

Although the film dates to '72 it really isn't even dated, although in one segment it does reference two out of operation airlines--sign of the times.

The cinematic version retains many of the features one would find in the stage play. I found the experience of watching "Butterflies are Free" so much more rewarding then many more countless modern pictures I've forked out 8 bucks for at the theater.

The character development is fantastic, Goldie Hahn is really classic as a

"reformed hippie" San Fran transplant.

However, I feel the supporting characters really shine with their nuanced

performances. The long camera angles and the sets really allow you to see the interaction between the actors and the talent shines. This film is entertaining and enjoyable without expensive special effects, graphic violence or vulgarity-- just a young Goldie in her cute panties and tiny, svelte figure.


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