A dramatic adventure about courage, redemption and love being filmed in the rain forests of Costa Rica, and in Montreal.


Léa Pool


Pete McCormack (screenplay)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Alan Osborn
Pascale Bussières ... Teresa Carlton
Marc Donato ... Pete Carlton
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Alejo (as Raoul Trujillo)
Marianella Jimenez Marianella Jimenez ... Yana
Gerardo Hernandez Gerardo Hernandez ... Manolo (as Topo)
Steve Adams ... Presenter
Silverio Morales Silverio Morales ... Diego the Shaman
Samuel Lopez Samuel Lopez ... Esteban
Liz MacRae Liz MacRae ... Press Agent
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ... Police Officer
Isabel Perez Isabel Perez ... Spanish Nurse
Denis Hylton Denis Hylton ... Doctor
Sophie Janssens Sophie Janssens ... Dancer
Peter Trosztmer Peter Trosztmer ... Dancer


Based on a true story, The Blue Butterfly tells the story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on Earth, the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho. His mother persuades a renowned entomologist to take them on a trip to the jungle to search for the butterfly, leading to an adventure that will transform their lives. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Crazy Credits

For Charlotte-Xiao, Marie-Chun, Giulia, David and to all the children of the world: may their lives be always filled with hope and dreams. See more »


References Dr. Ruth Westheimer (1984) See more »


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Beautiful, AMAZING, Thrilling Movie
11 February 2004 | by marijanavSee all my reviews

Blue Butterfly is the best movie i have seen in the last two years.

It is funny, amazing, and beautiful. You would expect it to be a heartbreaking drama from the synopsis but it is NOT instead it is so much more.

There are so many thrills in it and i strongly recommend it to anyone to try. If you don't want to see it for the acting, which is EXCELLENT then go see it for the beautiful scenes of the Costa Rican jungle.

This movie is proof that Canadian movies are just as good if not better than some Hollywood movies.

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Release Date:

26 August 2004 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Mariposa azul See more »


Box Office


CAD12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$228,509, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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