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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Remade as Tropico de Sangre (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi Amor
Written by Brad Hatfield
Performed by Carlitos Delgado
Courtesy of Barbara Jordan/Heavy Hitters
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Very Disappointed
10 January 2004 | by neowhere4everSee all my reviews

This movie was poorly made. The story was plane and dull. I have noticed in the past that even if the story is lacking, the direction of the movie came bring it out more; however the director of this movie did not. I'd have to agree with another post on the casting of indigenous people. The movie was filmed in Mexico and almost everyone in the movie was Mexican. One could joke and say, "I didn't know there were that many Mexicans in DR." I'd say its more like, since the Dominicans are either black, white, or somewhere in between (mulattoes)...To have native Indians of AZTEC decent acting as Dominicans in a movie about the regime of Trujillo is as far off as having Japanese people acting as Germans in the regime of Hitler. The story focused too much on Minerva and no one else. This mistake was also very apparent. It is a good real life event in our history that we should know more about. I've noticed that many people who are not Dominican don't know of Trujillo and the horrors he brought to the DR. Someone should really consider making another movie about Minerva and her sisters with a more accurate representation.


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