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Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Butterflies Are Free (1972)

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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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Critic Reviews for Butterflies Are Free

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

August 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Butterflies Are Free

A sweet romance that's quite entertaining and fun.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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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
Dimitris Springer

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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
Byron Brubaker

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