Review: ‘Butterflies Are Free’

Although the setting has been changed from New York to San Francisco for no apparent reason, Leonard Gershe's screen adaptation of his successful Broadway play, is an excellent example of how to switch from one medium to another.

Although the setting has been changed from New York to San Francisco for no apparent reason, Leonard Gershe’s screen adaptation of his successful Broadway play, is an excellent example of how to switch from one medium to another.

Several other carryovers – Eileen Heckart and director Milton Katselas – from the stage production were also brilliant moves. In the move a slight change of emphasis has resulted, moving the center of attention from the blind boy, handsomely played by Edward Albert to the girl (Goldie Hawn). What comes over with great strength is Gershe’s intimate tale of the interrelationships of three individuals, all of whom gain from their contacts with each other.

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

1972: Best Supp. Actress (Eileen Heckart).

Nominations: Best Cinematography, Sound

Butterflies Are Free

Production

Columbia. Director Milton Katselas; Producer Mike Frankovich; Screenplay Leonard Gershe; Camera Charles B. Lang; Editor David Blewitt; Music Bob Alcivar; Art Director Robert Clatworthy

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Goldie Hawn Edward Albert Eileen Heckart Michael Glasser Mike Warren
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