10 user 4 critic

The Butterfly Tattoo (2009)

"Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June, when one of the colleges in Oxford was holding its summer ball." A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford ... See full summary »


Phil Hawkins


Stephen Potts (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

3 wins. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

The Shadow in the North (TV Movie 2007)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sally Lockhart and friends investigate the disappearance of a steamship, a magician who is threatened by thugs, a psychic with dark visions, and heartless industrialist.

Director: John Alexander
Stars: Jared Harris, Doña Croll, David Harewood
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A couple trapped in a cinema are manipulated into becoming unwilling actors in a film being captured by CCTV cameras.

Director: Phil Hawkins
Stars: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington
The Ruby in the Smoke (TV Movie 2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Victorian England, a young woman searches for a priceless ruby and uncovers even greater mysteries.

Director: Brian Percival
Stars: Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Sian Thomas


Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan Stuart Duncan Stuart ... Chris Marshall
Jessica Blake Jessica Blake ... Jenny
Aidan Magrath Aidan Magrath ... Barry Miller
Christopher Dane ... Inspector Fletcher
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... Piers Hawthorne
Shazadee Beghum Shazadee Beghum ... Maria
Peter Easterbrook Peter Easterbrook ... Ollie
Alvin Addo-Quaye Alvin Addo-Quaye ... Derek
Richard Hollingworth Richard Hollingworth ... Dave
Debra Baker Debra Baker ... Sue Miller
Claire Ford Claire Ford ... Diane
Antony da Silva Antony da Silva ... Tommy Sanchez
Abigail Tarttelin ... Fenella
Jonathan Higgs Jonathan Higgs ... Romeo
Simon Brandon ... Mercutio (as Simon Nuckley)


"Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June, when one of the colleges in Oxford was holding its summer ball." A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford party leaves seventeen-year-old Chris with hope for a summer romance - and no premonition of trouble. Busy with his job and soon in love with Jenny, whose cheerful surface belies the dark uncertainty of her past, Chris misses all the signs of danger. Before he knows it, he's caught in the sinister web of a criminal whose desire for revenge crushes those who stand in his way. Written by Philip Pullman

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From the moment they fell in love, secrets from a hidden past would tear them apart


R | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Philip Pullman's The Butterfly Tattoo See more »


Box Office


€250,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The film was cast through open casting sessions in Manchester and Oxford, UK. Actors could submit their details through the official website before being asked to audition. The director and Philip Pullman both agreed they wanted new and unknown actors to play the lead roles "Chris" and "Jenny". See more »


References The Golden Compass (2007) See more »


Written by Will Phipps and Josienne Clarke
Performed by Firelight Shadows
Recorded and mixed by Adam Withford at SoundSource
Licensed courtesy of Firelight Shadows
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

A genuine, heart-wrenching story
15 June 2009 | by JarfGartzSee all my reviews

This movie was very well put together. The characters came across with sincerity, delivered very well by (what appear to be) new actors.

I couldn't help but imagine this sort of story coming together, whether by terrible coincidence or by a nasty twist of fate - and it was truly a sad thing to envision.

I found the pace to be as expected for this sort of film, with plenty of time to understand the characters, and a healthy dose of dialog-free scenes full of introspection and character growth. I also really enjoyed the fact that the director respected his audience and didn't spell things out for his viewers.

Now, this is not a film I would recommend to most of my guy friends, as there is very little action and it is, after all, a love story - but I know the ladies would enjoy it thoroughly.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed