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In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.

Director:

Mariano Barroso

Writers:

Julia Álvarez (novel), Judy Klass (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Salma Hayek ... Minerva
Edward James Olmos ... Trujillo
Mía Maestro ... Mate
Demián Bichir ... Manolo (as Demian Bichir)
Pilar Padilla Pilar Padilla ... Dede
Lumi Cavazos ... Patria
Marc Anthony ... Lio
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Captain Pena (as Pedro Armendariz Marquez)
Ana Martín ... Mama
Fernando Becerril ... Enrique Mirabal
Anthony Alvarez ... Palomino
Ermahn Ospina ... Jaimito
Raúl Méndez ... Pedrito
Mariana Sánchez Mariana Sánchez ... Minerva 13 Years Old (as Mariana Sanchez)
Géraldine Bazán ... Patria 15 Years Old (as Geraldine Bazan)
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Storyline

On November 25, 1960, the bodies of three sisters were found near the bottom of a cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official daily 'El Caribe' reports that it had been an accident, but it does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it mention the sisters' fierce opposition to the General Trujillo's dictatorship. This is their story: how Minerva started the tragedy by refusing Trujillo; how Patria became an opponent from the church itself; how Maria Teresa joined the revolution through the love. And how they lost their wings, but not their courage. They were Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies". Written by Diana Heche <dianaheche@hotmail.com>

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Women had their place. Hers was in the revolution.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2004 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Time of the Butterflies See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filming ended on the 40th anniversary of the Mirabal sisters' assassination. See more »

Goofs

When Leo enters the chicken coop to talk to Minerva he leaves the door slightly ajar. When he makes to leave the coop, the door is wide open. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vecinos: La pareja de ventas (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sin Ti
Written by Brad Hatfield
Performed by Carlitos Delgado
Courtesy of Barbara Jordan/Heavy Hitters
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An authentically depicted story of rare courage
24 February 2004 | by dwighthobbes7See all my reviews

This story about the Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for resisting tyranny is a remarkable film. The acting, directing and writing excellent.

Importantly, the cast was not Anglicized. Unlike, say, The Mask of Zorro, which is set in Spain but has Antonio Banderas as the only Hispanic actor in a lead role, this film opts for authenticity from top to bottom. Which serves a sign of respect for the powerful, compelling drama that is rendered.


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