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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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Take some time to smell the flowers. 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

Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, and Angela Lansbury were all considered for the role of Mrs. Baker which in the end was cast with actress Eileen Heckart. 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

[Don and Mrs. Baker are arguing over his decision to support himself as a singer]
Mrs. Baker: May I ask how you arrived at this brilliant decision?
Don: It was elementary, my dear mother - by the process of elimination. I made a lengthy list of all the things I couldn't do... like commercial pilot. I don't think TWA would be too thrilled to have me fly their planes... nor United... nor Pan Am. Photographer? A definite out, along with ball player and cab driver. Matador didn't strike me as too promising. I ...
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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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Long Shots
5 August 2004 | by gpburdellSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie, but one thing I noticed and appreciated was the long shots. Modern movies usually are changing angles and context every few seconds; while like a play, this movie will hold a shot for minutes at a time. I think it shows the strength of the actors, while most contemporary movies can mask poor acting with editing. This is especially true towards the end of the movie, in the scene where Don and Jill confront each other's feelings. I was amazed at how Goldie was able to hold the emotion of the scene and keep me drawn in for such an extended period.

I've never been a big Goldie fan, but I had never seen this movie until recently. I have to say this movie changes my opinion and makes we wonder what other films of hers from this period are like.


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