Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Butterflies Are Free


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Leonard Gershe based his play +Butterflies are Free on a real-life blind attorney. The film version stars Edward Albert as Don Baker, a self-reliant, sightless young man who becomes the object of affection for kooky Jill (Goldie Hawn). Spending most of the film in nothing but her underwear, Jill makes love to Don, then tries to help him break free from the smothering influence of his mother, a children's-story writer (Eileen Heckart). The situation grows tense when Jill's boyfriend (Paul Michael … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Leonard Gershe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2002
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Don Baker

as Jill Tanner

as Mrs. Baker
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Critic Reviews for Butterflies Are Free

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An interesting film about love, blindness and the inherent bias in both.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Poorly directed, the movie betrays its theatrical origins, but the acting of the two women, Goldie Hawn as the free spirit and Eileen Heckart as the overly protective mother, fighting over the love of a blind youngster, is good.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009

Audience Reviews for Butterflies Are Free

Here's an obscure one. An early Goldie Hawn movie (I think she is underestimated). Edward Albert plays an inspiring young blind man. I like it because it was originally a stage play and it was surprisingly modern and still relevant. I share the sentiments of the young characters wanting their funeral to be a celebration. A good little romantic comedy.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

A sweet romance that's quite entertaining and fun.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Witty and unpredictable but the whole storyline won't crypt its conservative and almost liberal views from another era.The universal "quality" of the play isn't remembered for its general causes of freedom rather Eckhart on a subtle performance and a noisy-juicy Goldie Hawn.If you exclude the typical ending,it's a feel-good movie and not a pompous "relationship movie" like Closer by Nichols.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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