M. Butterfly


1h 40m 1993

Brief Synopsis

The true story of the arrest of a French diplomat for leaking information to a Chinese opera singer he had an affair with for years, who was also a spy. The twist in the story is that the singer was actually a man who deceived the diplomat into thinking he was a woman.

Film Details

Also Known As
Madame Butterfly
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBI)
Location
Budapest, Hungary; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Paris, France; China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

The true story of the arrest of a French diplomat for leaking information to a Chinese opera singer he had an affair with for years, who was also a spy. The twist in the story is that the singer was actually a man who deceived the diplomat into thinking he was a woman.

Crew

Scotty Allan

Gaffer

Angela Arana

Other

Jean-pierre Avice

Production Manager

Nicholas M Bacon

Grip

Blake Ballentine

Grip

John Bannister

Scenic Artist

Debra Beers

Location Manager

Suzanne Benoit

Makeup Artist

Eldie Benson

Transportation Coordinator

Mike Billard

Driver

Tom Bjelic

Assistant Sound Editor

John Board

Assistant Director

Merrie Beth Board

Craft Service

Simon Board

Assistant Director

Christine Bodelot

Production Accountant

Cecile Boisrond

Assistant Director

Deirdre Bowen

Casting

Russell Bowie

Camera Trainee

Andrea Boyd

Driver

Karoly Brauner

Grip

Dominique Bruballa

Production Accountant

Mark Bukator

Accounting Assistant

Serge Bureau

Assistant Set Decorator

Terry Burke

Foley Artist

Rick Cadger

Dialogue Editor

Marie Cambon

Other

Brian Cann

Driver

Joe Chan

Grip

Bernard Chateau

Grip

Gary Chester

Music

Venus Cheuk

Assistant

Vienna Opera Chorus

Other

Ted Churchill

Steadicam Operator

Lesley Clark

Other

Norma Cole

Consultant

Marc Corriveau

Property Master

Michelle Couture

Other

Cassandra Cronenberg

Assistant Director

Denise Cronenberg

Costume Designer

Robin Crumley

Production Assistant

Judit Csak

Set Designer

Tony Currie

Dialogue Editor

Joe Curtin

Construction Coordinator

Mario Davignon

Costume Supervisor

Bryan Day

Sound Mixer

Mac Day

Driver

Georges Demetrau

Special Effects

Victor Dezso

Other

Dorothy Ding

Other

John Dondertman

Assistant Art Director

Kevan Dutchak

Assistant Camera Operator

Michele Ehlers

Choreographer

David Evans

Sound Effects Editor

Tsang Chun Fai

Electrician

Gyula Farkas

Property Master

Julia Fenyvessy

Makeup Artist

Danielle Fleury

Assistant Set Decorator

Gary Fluxgold

Assistant Editor

Mike Followes

Props Buyer

Ian Fraser

Carpenter

Vic Fraser

Music

Mirella Freni

Other

Bela Frey

Other

Gabor Gajdos

Assistant Director

Elinor Rose Galbraith

Set Decorator

Antoine Garabedian

Makeup

Alberte Garo

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Erzsebet Gaspar

Other

Pamela Gibson

Props

Brenda Gilles

Costume Supervisor

Sarah Grahame

Script Supervisor

Alistair Gray

Assistant Sound Editor

Lori Greenberg

Assistant

Wayne Griffin

Dialogue Editor

Jamie H J Guan

Choreographer

Tamas Guba

Location Manager

Leonard Guillain

Assistant Director

Zsuzsa Gurban

Assistant Director

Michael Hall

Assistant Camera Operator

Gina Hamilton

Other

Laszlo Helle

Production

Frances Hendry

Driver

Ann Henshaw

Wardrobe Assistant

Gyorgy Homonnay

Wardrobe

Christopher Hunter

Grip

David Henry Hwang

Screenplay

David Henry Hwang

Executive Producer

David Henry Hwang

Play As Source Material

David Hynes

Dolly Grip

A Randy Jones

Generator Operator

Doreen Jones

Casting Consultant

Anne Jurenas

Accounting Assistant

Herbert Von Karajan

Music Conductor

Judy Kemeny

Production

Bobe Kiraly

Accountant

Bea Klukon

Other

Al Kosnic

Driver

Corinne Kouper

Unit Location Manager

Istvan Kozma

Assistant Location Manager

Karoly Kupics

Casting

John Kurlander

Music

Michael Lacroix

Boom Operator

Joe Lafontaine

Assistant Sound Editor

John Laing

Sound Effects Editor

Sabri Lariani

Carpenter

Eleanor Lavender

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Gordon Lebredt

Assistant Art Director

Philip Lee

Unit Manager

Lucette Legot

Production Coordinator

Steven Lockie

Video Assist/Playback

Mark Manchester

Key Grip

Alain Manzon

Grip

Christophe Maratier

Other

George Markos

Driver

Gabriella Martinelli

Producer

James Mcateer

Art Director

Michael Mcdonald

Other

Adam Medveczky

Music Conductor

Joanna Merlin

Casting Consultant

Ferdinando Merolla

Hair Stylist

Peter Mitchell

Consultant

Frank Mizzi

Driver

Guy Montbillard

Propman

Steve Morrison

Other

Joel Moss

Music

Nana Mouskouri

Other

Lesley Myers

Assistant

Stephen Myers

Other

Peter Nicolakakos

On-Set Dresser

Michael Oguntke

Other

Jak Oliver

Scenic Artist

Gregory Palermo

Dolly Grip

Patrick Pamard

Grip

Richard Parker

Animal Wrangler

Suzana Peric

Music Editor

Marie-francoise Perochon

Wardrobe

Denis Perrier

Carpenter

Bela Peterdi

Construction Manager

Dino Pigat

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Istvan Pintye

Transportation Manager

Giacomo Puccini

Music

Benoit Raguin

Office Runner

Nic Ratner

Music

Michael Rea

Assistant Editor

Simon Rhodes

Music

Jennifer Richardson

Music

Peter Robinson

Steadicam Operator

Adrienne Rorarius

Unit Manager

Dug Rotstein

Script Supervisor

Michael Ruggles

Other

J Sakei

Other

Ronald Sanders

Editor

Philip Sandhaus

Executive Producer

Ferenc Schoffer

On-Set Dresser

Franz Schubert

Music

Ian D Scott

Best Boy

Stephen Sebert

Assistant

Takashi Seida

Photography

Casablanca Sound Services

Sound Editor

Wesley Seto

Stand-In

Chris Severn

Other

Peter Shanne

Stand-In

Paul Shikata

Foley

Howard Shore

Music

Aldo Signoretti

Hair Stylist

Cactus Simser

Driver

Lou Solakofski

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Carol Spier

Production Designer

Robert H Steiner

Accountant

Ava Stone

Makeup Artist

Marilyn Stonehouse

Post-Production Supervisor

Marilyn Stonehouse

Production Manager

Timothy M Storey

Production Assistant

James Storie

Assistant

Peter Suschitzky

Director Of Photography

Peter Suschitzky

Camera Operator

Zoltan Szabo

Assistant Set Dresser

Rudolf Takacs

Gaffer

Zita Talos

Production

Armand Thomas

Assistant Property Master

Clive Thomasson

Lead Set Dresser

Alexandra Thompson

Assistant Art Director

Laszlo Timar

Production Manager

Magdolna Torok

Other

Julien Toujan

Assistant

Laura Trombetta-panigadi

Liaison

Benjamin Tucker

Production Assistant

Sandra Tucker

Assistant

Sandra Tucker

Post-Production Coordinator

Peter Ujvari

Assistant Property Master

Bela Unger

Stunt Coordinator

Zsuzsa Varadi

Other

Boryana Varbanov

Assistant Production Coordinator

Margo Vida

Hair Stylist

Wiebke Von Carolsfeld

Assistant Editor

Peter Watson

Assistant Editor

Allen Weisinger

Makeup Artist

E C Whelan

On-Set Dresser

Don White

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Roger Williams

Music Preparation

Film Details

Also Known As
Madame Butterfly
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBI)
Location
Budapest, Hungary; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Paris, France; China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States October 15, 1993

Expanded Release in United States October 8, 1993

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1993

Released in United States on Video March 30, 1994

Released in United States September 1993

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 13-23, 1993.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Opening Night) September 9-18, 1993.

"M. Butterfly" opened on March 20, 1988 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in New York City where it ran for 777 performances, winning the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play. In addition, John Lithgow received a Tony nomination for Best Actor and B.D. Wong won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor. It closed March 27, 1990.

Began shooting September 10, 1992.

Completed shooting December 9, 1992.

In memory of David Bombyck.

Released in United States on Video March 30, 1994

Released in United States September 1993 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 13-23, 1993.)

Released in United States September 1993 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Opening Night) September 9-18, 1993.)

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1993

Expanded Release in United States October 8, 1993

Expanded Release in United States October 15, 1993