Butterfly (1982 film)
film poster by Tom Chantrell
|Directed by||Matt Cimber|
|Produced by||Matt Cimber|
|Written by||James M. Cain (novel)
John F. Goff
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Cinematography||Eduard van der Enden|
|Distributed by||Analysis Film Releasing Corporation|
|Release date(s)||February 5, 1982|
|Running time||108 min.|
Butterfly is a 1982 film directed by Matt Cimber, based on the 1947 novel The Butterfly by James M. Cain. The starring cast includes Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Ed McMahon, and Orson Welles. The original music score was composed by Ennio Morricone. The film was financed by Pia Zadora's husband, Israeli multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis, at an estimated cost of US$2,000,000.
The movie was almost universally panned by film critics. It received 10 nominations for the 1982 Golden Raspberry Awards including "Worst Picture", with Pia Zadora winning "Worst Actress" and "Worst New Star", and Ed McMahon winning "Worst Supporting Actor". Nevertheless, Zadora won "Best Female Newcomer" at the Golden Globes for her role, over Elizabeth McGovern and Kathleen Turner. This occurred after her husband flew members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to Las Vegas to watch Pia sing, producing accusations that the award had been "bought".
Jess Tyler is a hermit who guards a silver mine. His daughter Kady ran off and gave birth to the bastard child of a rich man who refused to marry her.
The rich man's father owns the mine, so Kady decides its riches should belong to her. She returns home and tries to persuade the dying Jess to let her have it, going to any length, including the seduction of her own father.
Death and mystery ensue, leading to a trial presided over by Judge Rauch to decide the fate of the scandalous Kady.
- Stacy Keach - Jess Tyler
- Pia Zadora - Kady Tyler
- Orson Welles - Judge Rauch
- Lois Nettleton - Belle Morgan
- Edward Albert - Wash Gillespie
- James Franciscus - Moke Blue
- Stuart Whitman - Reverend Rivers
- June Lockhart - Mrs. Helen Gillespie
- Ed McMahon - Mr. Gillespie
- Paul Hampton - Norton
- George Buck Flower - Ed
- Dylan Urquidi - Baby Danny
- Waxman, Sharon (January 11, 2008). "Hollywood Con Job: Either Fix the Golden Globes or Get Them Off the Air". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
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