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Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Goldie Hawn , Edward Albert , Milton Katselas  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Warren
  • Directors: Milton Katselas
  • Writers: Leonard Gershe
  • Producers: M.J. Frankovich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633R8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Butterflies Are Free" on IMDb

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A blind young man, Don Baker (Edward Albert) who is determined to make a life for himself despite his handicap.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG
Release Date: 5-DEC-2006
Media Type: DVD

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The movie "Butterflies are Free" is a comedy/drama which is an old favorite of mine that I have seen in various forms on TV and video for a number of years.I am very happy now that it has finally been put out on DVD.This is basically a filmed play (with a couple of added scenes to "open it up")which explores the meaning of concepts like freedom and independence within the framework of a love story.The story takes place in a San Fransisco loft during those heady, 'groovy' days of flower power.Don Baker (Played by Edward Albert) is young man, blind from birth, who is trying for the first time to break away from his overbearing mother's apron strings by living on his own.One day he meets his new neighbor, Jill, a young, commitment free hippie and wanna-be actress.At first she is freaked out by Don's blindness, but soon they are "getting it on" and she spends the night.The next morning their little private, three room Eden is invaded, when Don's mother barges in unannounced, with the intention of taking her son home.It is within this scenerio that the three characters shout, argue and pontificate about such concepts as 'freedom', 'independence', 'commitment','love' and finally 'letting go'.They all learn a little bit about themselves and the changes they must make to get on with their lives.This is really a wonderful, funny movie that has a lot of heart. The three lead actors do a simply amazing job with their roles.Goldie Hawn is in all her giggly, post "Laugh-In" splendor.Underneath the bubbly persona she shows us a character, who is emotionally crippled and must learn not to be frightened of being loved.Edward Albert does a fine job as the blind, young man who is fighting for his independence. Read more ›
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL FILM.... July 31, 2000
By Eileen
Format:VHS Tape
I watched Butterflies are Free on cable for the first time this past weekend. How did I ever miss this one! It was a very good story, and I thought the acting all around was outstanding. It's the story of a blind man, who is determined to make it on his own, much to the chagrin of his mother, who is portrayed brilliantly by Eileen Heckart. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here. And along with trying to be independent, he meets a woman who helps to bring him out into the world, and discover new things. Now I knew from the start that Goldie Hawn's character wasn't going to be completely sympathetic, but I guess you just have to see the movie to figure that out. The movie had me hook, line, and sinker. and I was glued to my couch for the whole thing. I really enjoyed this film, and recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peace, Love...and Vision April 12, 2006
Format:DVD
"Butterflies Are Free" is a bit of a time capsule, no question, but an enjoyable one. It's set in the bygone world of late 60's/early 70's San Francisco peace and love, but its central drama has aged far better than its trappings.

In his leading debut, Edward Albert is excellent as Don, a young blind man who has recently moved out on his own for the first time. His new next door neighbor is the lovably flighty Jill (Goldie Hawn), a free-spirited 19-year-old who may or may not have been married and divorced already and who definitely likes to eat (not that you could tell by looking at her). Although first-time director Milton Kaselas did not open the story up much from its stage origins (it leaves the confines of Don's apartment for all of about 15 of its 109 minutes), he did wisely allow Eileen Heckart to reprise her Broadway role as Don's mother. Heckart would go on to win a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in this film. Her character is maternal and progressive at the same time, utterly believable and unique among motherly portrayals in screen history. The balance of mother-son tension keeps the film from being just a simple romantic comedy and/or an after-school special on the strength of the blind and turns it into an engrossing triangular ensemble piece.

As for Goldie: She is, as always, Goldie. For her fans (of which I admit I'm one), that's probably enough, but it's far from all this film has to offer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I fantastic Classic January 21, 2008
Format:DVD
I have loved this movie since i was a young teen and seeing it again when i am in my 30's i realized it was every bit as entertaining as i remember it to be.
Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert are superb in their roles....I highly recommend every one to see it. A light and easy movie to sit and watch!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Butterfly!!! March 11, 2001
By Megan
Format:VHS Tape
My all time favorite movie!!!! The diolouge in this movie is unbeatable, thought provoking and insiteful. The first time I saw this movie I could all but stop staring at the screen. A beautiful hippie love story that all people that have been on the outside their whole lives and have their one chance of being on the inside can relate to. Unbeatable!! Buy it today!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...not all butterflies are free... September 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Not a bad love story if one doesnt take it too seriously.We tend to forget that Goldie Hawn used to act in some very good movies at one time.She manages to shine in this charming but unoriginal romance between a flower child and a handsome young blind man played by Edward Albert,seeking independence from his over protective mother.The story is set in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco during the early seventies prior to Watergate and gay rights and the onslaught of AIDS.
Eileen Heckart gives a memorable and touching performance as the mother and well deserved her best-supporting-actress oscar that year.There is a wonderful scene where Goldie first meets Donnys mother in his apartment in the most inappropriate of circumstances.In her underwear!Enough said. Not exactly Shakespeare but it will keep your interest,and besides theres a happy ending...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still fun.
Gotta love early Goldie
Published 23 days ago by Mark Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies of all time.
I just love this movie. It came on TV out of nowhere a few weeks ago and I spent the next hour or two just grinning the whole time I watched it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vickie Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies are Free
This movie is a really realy romantic comedy...The actors and actresses are really really great..The romantic themes are original and new.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jerry A. Wappula
5.0 out of 5 stars error
See Room for one more...we didn't get this at all ....I'm not looking for a refund...it was just one of those things
Published 3 months ago by don cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy!
We received this product quickly and in good condition. A great film, at a very reasonable price; so glad I could find it!
Published 3 months ago by Sharon J Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
hadn't seen this in years. Neat movie...Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert. Just a fun movie...you'll love the Little Donnie Dark story
Published 3 months ago by Loveda Gail Ewell
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FIND!
I was about 17 when I first, luckily, caught this film being shown on the Encore channel.
I've always been a Goldie Hawn fan since my mother had introduced me to this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bryan Cotner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances all around.
I haven't watched this movie for a very long time and really enjoyed finding it to be available at Amazon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary C
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this story
I chose this rating because I loved the premise of the story. Goldie Hawn was perfect for the role and Edward Albert played a believable, inexperienced, brave and wise blind man. Read more
Published 5 months ago by nancy lund
5.0 out of 5 stars This will take you back if you where in high school in the 60's
I love thuis old movie when Goldie Hawn was young...and Edward Albert - Eddie Albert died so young I miss him,,,great actor of the 60's. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lyn Ette Lyons
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