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Butterflies Are Free (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | July 1972 (USA)
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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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The picture's source stage play was loosely based on the life of attorney and former Harvard law student Harold Krents who was blind. Lawyer Krents, whose struggle to overcome blindness and become independent, was the inspiration for this film's source Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). Krents also acted as a technical advisor for the movie's production. See more »

Goofs

At 1:00:38, the way Jill holds things changes, and then reverts. See more »

Quotes

Don: [when Jill says she's moving in with Ralph] Tell me, Jill, with Ralph, is it like the Fourth of July and like Christmas?
Jill: Not exactly. He has a kind of... strength. With him it's more like Labor Day.
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Soundtracks

Take Me Home, Country Roads
Music and Lyrics by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
Published by Cherry Lane Music Co.
Sung by Edward Albert
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**** One of Goldie's finest moments
28 March 2001 | by Bil-3See all my reviews

Need strong proof to support the argument that Goldie Hawn is the finest of actresses? Watch this classic one along with her masterpiece Private Benjamin. In Butterflies she's funny, tragic, serious and as endearing as she could possibly could be as Jill, the wacky new girl in town who finds herself surprised when her neighbour Don (Edward Albert, Eddie Albert's son) reveals to her that he's completely blind. They have lunch, go shopping, get to know each other, and worst of all meet Don's mother. Don't mistake Eileen Heckart or her awards in the role of the domineering matriarch, she ain't just any aging woman playing a mother. The character is annoying, callous, loving and wise and the relationship that develops between the three characters is very moving. All this presented with great dialogue provided by Leonard Gershe (based on his own stage play).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$250,000
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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