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Butterflies Are Free(1972)

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  • "Sightless Superman" and the sexy swinger

    • Jeff Boston
    • 9/15/17

    Great dialogue film set mainly in an old apartment. Well-acted by the three main characters, believable, and Hawn could not be more engaging. "Butterflies are Free" was liberal in its time but now could be construed as insensitive in our over-sensitive age. A black sales rep in a used clothes store asks Don "How about a confederate cap? We sell a lot of those." Don calls Jill "emotionally retarded" and "crippled." Don jokes with her mom that "you're going to have to start laughing at something or everyone's going to think you're a lesbian," which probably was inspired by Jill declaring earlier "I don't like lesbians; so heavy and humorless." Humorless, like our joyless culture has been for what seems like a generation now. The best part of this fine film, which condemns the destructiveness of the counter-culture as much as it embraces it, is when Director Ralph describes his play (which makes one want to ralph). He says "It's part of life." Mrs. Baker's reaction: "So is diarrhea, but it's not my idea of entertainment."

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    • Michael Whitty
    • 6/23/17

    Enjoyable match-up with a blind guy and a girl and...his mother in San Francisco. Eileen Heckart plays the concerned mother of "blind as a bat" Edward Albert and who he has for a girl friend in Goldie Hawn. But Eileen Heckart won the Oscar for Supporting Actress as this Broadway play which became a movie in 1972 goes through the trials of how a blind guy gets by in the big city.

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    • Goetan
    • 3/23/14

    A charming adaptation of the Broadway play. Hawn was nominated for a Golden Globe, Heckart won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Albert won a special Golden Globe. The film's first half is weaker than it's second half and too heavy on metaphors. Enjoyable and entertaining, still. I give it a 4/5.

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    • James Higgins
    • 11/14/09

    Goldie Hawn is wonderful in this film, I can see why, from this early film in her career, she became a mega star. Enjoyable from start to finish, Eileen heckart gives a great and sincere performance, good enough for her to win a best supporting actress Oscar. Only Edward Albert Jr's performance does not ring true.

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