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M. Butterfly (1993)

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writers:

David Henry Hwang (play), David Henry Hwang (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... René Gallimard
John Lone ... Song Liling
Barbara Sukowa ... Jeanne Gallimard
Ian Richardson ... Ambassador Toulon
Annabel Leventon ... Frau Baden
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Comrade Chin
Richard McMillan ... Embassy Colleague
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Agent Etancelin
David Hemblen ... Intelligence Officer #1
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Intelligence Officer #2
Antony Parr Antony Parr ... Intelligence Officer #3
Margaret Ma Margaret Ma ... Song's Maid
Tristram Jellinek Tristram Jellinek ... Defense Attorney
Philip McGough Philip McGough ... Prosecution Attorney
David Neal ... Judge
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Storyline

During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese | French | Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M. Baterflaj See more »

Filming Locations:

Balassagyarmat, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,280, 3 October 1993

Gross USA:

$1,498,795

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,498,795
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Geffen Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Weir passed on the chance to direct. See more »

Goofs

The word accordion is misspelled "accordian" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Song Liling: The Oriental woman has always held a certain fascination for you Caucasian men. Is that not true?
Rene Gallimard: Yes, but that fascination is imperialist, or so you tell me.
Song Liling: Yes, it is always imperialist. Sometimes... sometimes it is also mutual.
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Connections

Referenced in Eastern Promises: Secrets and Stories (2007) See more »

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movie wise ... hhhmmmm
26 May 1999 | by yuenSee all my reviews

M.Butterfly was originally written for theater and I was quite intriqued when I saw the movie advertisment, I wanted to know how the story was going to be conveyed because I had a role in a production of M. Butterfly, which had been a memorable and an ego-boosting event (As I was only 15). I do not find that the characters were ambiguous, they were clear as night and day both in theater and in the movie.My prefernce goes to the theater production. And i disagree that M.butterfly is a story of love and loss, it was about a man who dreamed of the perfect woman and when that perfect "woman" came he was enchanted, he knew the truth all along but refuses to face up to it because he did not want to ruin HIS perception of HIS butterfly (him as the strong dominant western man and the "woman" he loves as the delicate oriental "lotus blossom")


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