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Black Butterfly (2017)

R | | Thriller | 26 May 2017 (USA)
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Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. ... See full summary »


Brian Goodman


Justin Stanley (screenplay by), Marc Frydman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Paul
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Jack
Piper Perabo ... Laura
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Lt Carcano
Brian Goodman ... Truck Driver / Agent Rothwell
Katie McGovern ... Nancy Barrows
Jake Daley Jake Daley ... AJ
Craig Peritz ... Sam
Randall Paul Randall Paul ... Mr. Owen (as Randall Richard Paul)
Cristina Moglia Cristina Moglia ... Mrs. Owen
Abel Ferrara ... Pat
Nicholas Aaron ... Delivery Man
Nathalie Rapti Gomez ... Julie
Gioia Libardoni ... Waitress
Tracy Green Tracy Green ... Diner Manager (as Tracy Sherman Greene)


Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter at a diner with a drifter named Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Paul offers Jack a place to stay-and soon the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work and the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A killer story with a twist. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Spain | USA | Italy



Release Date:

26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borboleta Negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The black butterfly is seen in many different parts of the world as a symbol of misfortune or an omen of death. See more »


Although the story takes place in Colorado, it's obvious the movie was filmed in a foreign country when the railroad locomotive appears.

Additionally, one of the highway signs is a foreign symbol. See more »


Jack: You're expecting somebody?
[pointing his rifle on Paul]
Jack: Paul, not too far.
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Remake of Papillon noir (2008) See more »

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Great Suspense Film
21 June 2017 | by gonzo_donSee all my reviews

This was a really great, suspenseful film and I was very surprised I hadn't heard about it someplace. Weird how they'll spend all this dough on a movie and not publicize it at all. Antonio Banderas was amazingly powerful and showed a good range of skills. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also very good, but a little ham-handed in the way he played the psycho. How do play a psycho overboard? Not sure, but he managed it. The atmosphere managed to be both claustrophobic AND cinematic at the same time thanks to the closeness of the cabin and the isolated surroundings. The location was beautiful, the story was believable, and it kept my attention for the entire 90 minutes which is becoming more and more difficult with the junk Hollywood's been putting out lately. I'd give this a solid 8 out of 10, this year especially.

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