Butterflies Are Free


Butterflies Are Free

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The film stars Edward Albert as a self-reliant, sightless young man who becomes the object of affection for kooky Goldie Hawn. Hawn makes love to Albert then tries to help him break free from the smothering influence of his mother, children's-story writer Eileen Heckart.


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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (4)

  • Hawn, funny and touching, is a delight throughout and Heckart gets a film role that enables her to display versatility.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A piece of (barely) stage-adapted nonsense, scripted by Leonard Gershe from his own play, about blind-boy-meets-emotionally-immature girl and how his mum brings them together. With some funny lines from Goldie Hawn and little else.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Leonard Gershe's Broadway comedy recycled as a movie with the density of Jell-o.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Although the emotional conflicts are a bit too neatly settled at the story's conclusion, Albert, Hawn, and Heckart make it all seem believable.

    May 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • An interesting film about love, blindness and the inherent bias in both.

    Aug 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 18, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Butterflies Are Free

  • Apr 03, 2010
    A sweet romance that's quite entertaining and fun.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2007
    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 B Super Reviewer

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