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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 »

Director:

Brian Goodman

Writers:

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

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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)
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Storyline

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.

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A killer story with a twist. See more »

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Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Spain | USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borboleta Negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was based on the 2008 French film "Papillon Noir". See more »

Goofs

The tattoos on Jack's arms change sides. When the delivery man arrives at the house and Jack sits on the stairs the two stripes framing the elbow are on the left arm, two minutes later up in the bathroom they are on the right arm. See more »

Quotes

Laura: I've been calling you for days.
Paul: We have to leave right now.
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Remake of Papillon noir (2008) See more »

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'You're finally starting to show some imagination.'
18 June 2017 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Director/actor Brian Goodman ('Catch Me If You Can', 'Blow', 'What Doesn't Kill You, etc) directs this surprising thriller with aplomb. The film is a re-make of the French film 'Papillon Noir' as adapted for the English version by arc Frydman and Justin Stanley. It is a gripping suspense film with a terrific twist at the end that few if any will see coming.

Paul (Antonio Banderas), a lonely, reclusive alcoholic, down-on-his-luck, divorced screenwriter, who after a tense encounter at a diner invites Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) a mysterious vagabond, to stay at his woodland home while a serial killer preys on young women in the area. The demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one- upsmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end. Paul's realtor (Piper Perabo) makes a few appearances, enough to establish her role in the surprising climax. In many ways the story centers on writer's bloc as well as trusting outsiders and the mixture makes a very fine film.

The ending is a bit long in the tooth but the shock of the conclusion makes up for all flaws. Banderas and Rhys Myers are very fine in these very strange roles.


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