Butterflies Are Free

Butterflies Are FreeBBBB.5

(out of 5)

 is funny, tragic, serious and as endearing as she could possibly be as Jill, the wacky new girl in town who finds herself surprised when her neighbour Don (, son of Eddie) reveals to her that he’s completely blind. They have lunch, go shopping, get to know each other, and start to fall in love. Then his overprotective mother () comes into the picture. Don’t mistake Heckart or her awards in the role of the domineering matriarch as just another aging woman playing a mother role: the character is annoying, callous, loving and wise and the relationship that develops between the three characters is very moving. All this presented with great dialogue provided by Leonard Gershe (based on his own stage play).

USA, 1972

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , ,

Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eileen Heckart as “Mrs. Baker”)

Best Cinematography (Charles B. Lang)
Best Sound (Arthur Piantadosi, Charles Knight)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Goldie Hawn)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Edward Albert)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Carry Me”, music by Bob Alcivar, lyrics by Randy McNeill)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium



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