Madame Butterfly


2h 9m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Based on Puccini's opera, "Madame Butterfly" tells the tragic story of Butterfly, a 15-year-old geisha who marries Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a U.S. Navy officer on leave in Nagasaki. Pinkerton, intending no more than a fling, is warned by Sharpless, the counsul in the port, that the young girl is

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Bbc Worldwide; Centre National Du Cinema; European Script Fund; France 3 Cinéma; Idéale Audience; Sony Classical; StudioCanal; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Zdf)
Distribution Company
Sony Classical; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Tunisia

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 9m

Synopsis

Based on Puccini's opera, "Madame Butterfly" tells the tragic story of Butterfly, a 15-year-old geisha who marries Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a U.S. Navy officer on leave in Nagasaki. Pinkerton, intending no more than a fling, is warned by Sharpless, the counsul in the port, that the young girl is taking the marriage very seriously. Pinkerton sails away, leaving Butterfly alone with her faithful maid Suzuki. Three years pass, and when Pinkerton's ship finally drops anchor in Nagasaki and he returns with an American wife, Butterfly's vigil ends in tragedy.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Bbc Worldwide; Centre National Du Cinema; European Script Fund; France 3 Cinéma; Idéale Audience; Sony Classical; StudioCanal; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Zdf)
Distribution Company
Sony Classical; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Tunisia

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 9m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 1, 1997

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States on Video April 22, 1997

Released in United States Spring May 3, 1996

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.

Broadcast in USA over Thirteen-WNET July 2, 1997.

Released in United States March 1, 1997 (Laemmle's Monica 4 Plex; Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video April 22, 1997

Released in United States Spring May 3, 1996

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.)