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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 »
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 »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Abel Ferrara (known for exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'), has a cameo as the store owner, Pat. See more »


The vehicle Paul is driving at the beginning of the movie can be seen with no keys in the ignition and with keys in the ignition in several different positions at different times while he is driving. See more »


Paul: Where are you going, Paul?
Jack: We had an agreement.
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Remake of Papillon noir (2008) See more »

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Delivers plot twists but without any sense of reality
1 July 2017 | by bmco-247-721025See all my reviews

I watched this film primarily based on the other glowing reviews in IMDb. I try screening on IMDb, Rotten T. & Netflix to keep from wasting time and being disappointed. This film currently has a 50% rating on the Tomato Meter, so I realized it was a gamble.

The main issue for me was that the plot strained any sense of credibility in a real world setting starting from the point where the two main characters begin to establish a relationship. I always appreciate a clever plot twist, however, while said plot twist is delivered well towards the end of the story, the scenario is so implausible that I felt I had really wasted my time. The ending was a bit of a cliché (some might consider another "twist") and was equally disappointing.

If you don't mind films that deviate sharply from the real world, then you might find this entertaining.... otherwise, I'd recommend staying away.

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