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Butterflies Are Free

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Leonard Gershe based his play Butterflies are Free on a real-life blind attorney. The film version stars Edward Albert as Don Baker, a self-reliant, sightless young man who becomes the object of affection for kooky Jill Goldie Hawn. Spending most of the film in nothing but her underwear, Jill makes love to Don, then tries to help him break free from the smothering influence of his mother, a children's-story writer Eileen Heckart. The situation grows tense when Jill's boyfriend Paul Michael Glaser enters the ...
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Overview

Leonard Gershe based his play Butterflies are Free on a real-life blind attorney. The film version stars Edward Albert as Don Baker, a self-reliant, sightless young man who becomes the object of affection for kooky Jill Goldie Hawn. Spending most of the film in nothing but her underwear, Jill makes love to Don, then tries to help him break free from the smothering influence of his mother, a children's-story writer Eileen Heckart. The situation grows tense when Jill's boyfriend Paul Michael Glaser enters the scene. Eileen Heckart won an Academy Award for her performance.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Bonus Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Butterflies Are Free is a pleasing romantic comedy highlighted by Eileen Heckart's Oscar-winning performance as the dominating mother of a blind man (Edward Albert) befriended by a free-spirited neighbor (Goldie Hawn). Adapted by Leonard Gershe from his hit Broadway play, the film has a self-contained feel, with limited locations and most of the dialogue taking place between the three main characters. Cinematographer Charles B. Lang does a good job, particularly with the challenge of keeping the mostly set-bound film visually interesting. Butterflies Are Free is at its best when Hawn and Heckart are on screen together. Heckart manages to convey a sense of caring that seeps through her controlling personality, adding a richness to the character that both critics and audiences found appealing. While the dénouement is predictable, it has a crowd-pleasing quality that has kept this film popular, particularly among fans of Hawn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 014381685329
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,225

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Goldie Hawn Jill
Edward Albert Don
Eileen Heckart Mrs. Baker
Mike Warren Roy
Paul Michael Glaser Ralph
Technical Credits
Milton Katselas Director
Robert Alcivar Score Composer
David Blewitt Editor
Robert Clatworthy Production Designer
Mike J. Frankovich Producer
Leonard Gershe Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Ivan Volkman Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Butterflies Are Free
1. Start [3:21]
2. Kitchen With a View [1:20]
3. Mother Calls [1:51]
4. Inviting Herself Over [5:07]
5. Remembering Jack Benson [2:28]
6. "What Are You, Blind?" [9:30]
7. "Butterflies Are Free" [2:44]
8. An Aspiring Actress [2:08]
9. Asparagus [4:12]
10. Picnic Dinner [6:03]
11. Unlocking the Door [2:48]
12. Feeling How Jill Looks [7:15]
13. Fixing Don's Hair [4:33]
14. A Surprise Visit [2:07]
15. Dinner Bet [1:39]
16. Quizzing Mrs. Benson [1:59]
17. Her Worst Fear Realized [2:14]
18. "I'm Taking You Home" [5:19]
19. An Apple for Snow White [2:29]
20. Lunch with Mrs. Baker [1:59]
21. Late for Dinner [5:55]
22. Ralph Santori [5:09]
23. Jill's Audition [1:48]
24. "I'm Moving In With Ralph" [3:19]
25. "I Want To Go Home" [2:11]
26. Corned Beef On Rye [5:56]
27. "You Don't Like Ralph" [3:41]
28. Jill Returns [7:21]
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Disc #1 -- Butterflies Are Free
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A heartwarming and entertaining movie.

    I enjoyed this movie so much and am looking forward to viewing it again, after many years, with my granddaughters. I am sure they will enjoy it as much as my daughters and I did, way back in '72.

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