Butterfly (1982 film)

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Directed by Matt Cimber
Produced by Matt Cimber
Written by James M. Cain (novel)
Matt Cimber
John F. Goff
Starring Stacy Keach
Pia Zadora
Ed McMahon
Orson Welles
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Eduard van der Enden
Distributed by Cinema Epoch (DVD Reissue)
Release dates
  • February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05)
Running time
108 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (est.)

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, Lois Nettleton, 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.

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".[1]

This English language movie was filmed in color and ran for 108 minutes. It received a MPAA rating of R.


Jess Tyler is a hermit who guards a silver mine. His daughter Kady ran off and gave birth to the illegitimate 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.



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