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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.

Director:

Milton Katselas

Writers:

Leonard Gershe (screenplay), Leonard Gershe (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Goldie Hawn ... Jill
Edward Albert ... Don
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Baker
Paul Michael Glaser ... Ralph (as Michael Glaser)
Michael Warren ... 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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The long run hit play on the screen with all its humor and all its heart. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las mariposas son libres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frankovich Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City, USA. See more »

Goofs

Jill and Don leave their apartment so he can show her where the laundry is - 44 steps to the right of the apartment entrance, which is at 1355 Grant Avenue. However, they arrive at the Toy Sun laundry, which was at 1521 Grand Avenue - two blocks and more than 44 steps away. Also note that they walk past Mooney's Irish Pub at 1525 Grant Avenue next door to the laundry. See more »

Quotes

Jill: Boy, I thought I was sloppy!
Don: What do you mean?
Jill: Well, unless you know something I don't. Like, ashes are good for the table. Is that why you keep dropping them on there?
Don: Have you moved the ashtray?
Jill: It's right here, what're ya blind?
Don: Yes.
Jill: What do you mean, yes?
Don: I mean, yes, I'm blind.
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Connections

Referenced in Sunny Side Up (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Butterflies Are Free
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (as Steve Schwartz)
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The golden days of Goldie Hawn. (spoilers)
2 January 2004 | by Pepper AnneSee all my reviews

I like watching 1970s comedies based on plays. They're so simple; usually three or four characters in one or two settings in a story with light-hearted quick wit comedy. Butterflies are Free is one of those movies.

This is the story of a young blind man (played by Eddie Albert, Jr.) trying to prove to his mother that he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself. He moves into his own apartment, adjacent to a young eccentric actress (Goldie Hawn). His overprotective mother is suspicious not only of him living alone, but that should he fall in love and then have his heart broken, he won't be able to deal with it.

Everyone in the film is terrific. I started looking for more Eddie Albert, Jr. movies as well as more Goldie Hawn movies from what looks to be her hayday (her movies nowadays just don't have the same effect). It's a very simple, very fun little film.


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