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The Blue Butterfly (2004)

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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


Drama | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Canada | USA | UK


English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

26 August 2004 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Mariposa azul See more »


Box Office


CAD 12,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


L'entomologiste québécois Georges Brossard fit l'objet de ce film basé sur un réel évènement lui étant arrivé en 1987 où le rôle de Georges est joué par William Hurt. Poussé par la Fondation Rêves d'enfants, Georges Brossard avait emmené avec lui le jeune garçon David Marenger en phase terminale (cancer du cervelet) dans la forêt tropicale du Mexique pour réaliser son rêve de trouver un morpho bleu. Dans la jungle, il prend le garçon sur ses épaules parce que celui-ci ne peut pas marcher. Mais le petit de 8 ans se remet à marcher pendant qu'ils sont là-bas, et finirent par trouver le papillon bleu. De retour au Québec, à la suite d'une batterie de test par les médecins, le garçon était miraculeusement guéri. Il y a une scène qu'ils n'ont jamais voulu mettre dans le film, c'est quand Georges a lancé son fauteuil roulant en bas d'une falaise, qui est tombé, s'est fracassé, une roue est partie toute seule dans les airs, et Georges s'était dit ''enfin libre''. See more »

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 »


The Sky Will Be Mine
Written by Stéphane Venne
Performed by Marie-Elaine Thibert
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Surprisingly good
6 June 2005 | by awp529See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect from this movie and the longer I watched it the more enjoyable it became. William Hurt does a wonderful job but Marc Donato steals every scene he is in. Everyone in the cast does an excellent job and bring the film to life. The Canadian director and her crew have certainly established themselves as premier movie makers. There is some very beautiful cinematography in this movie and even if it were not an excellent movie that alone would make it worthwhile The elusive Blue Butterfly becomes a symbol of hope and well as the source of problems. Right to the end of the film the director never leaves you wondering but tells the story and leaves you feeling completely satisfied. The entire family can watch this movie and each person will thoroughly enjoy it.

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