Butterflies Are Free

Synopsis: All Don Baker wants is a place of his own away from his over-protective mother. Don's been blind since birth, but that doesn't stop him from setting up in a San Francisco apartment and making the acquaintance of his off-the-wall, liberated, actress neighbor Jill. Don learns the kind of things from Jill that his mother would never have taught him! And Jill learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Milton Katselas
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

I guess the sound must come right up

from under that door.

What's that door for, anyway?

Your apartment and mine

were once one apartment.

When they converted it into two,

they just locked that instead of sealing it.

- You didn't answer my question.

- I forgot what you asked.

Why don't you want your mother here?

It's a long story.

No, it's a short story.

It's been going on for a long time.

She didn't want me to leave home.

She thinks I can't make it on my own.

Finally, we agreed letting me try it

for two months.

She's to keep away from me

for two months. I got a month to go.

Why did you tell her you had a party?

- You don't miss anything in there, do you?

- Very little.

I always tell her I had a party

or that I went to one.

She wouldn't understand...

why I'd rather be alone,

than keeping her and the cook company.

She's going to hate this place.

She hates it now without even seeing it.

She'll walk in and say,

"I could absolutely cry."

- Does she cry a lot?

- No, just threatens to.

If she really wants to cry,

send her in to look at my place.

At least you're neat.

You know, you're old enough to live alone.

I'm 19.

- How old are you?

- As far as my mother's concerned, I'm 11.

Going on 10.

We must have the same mother.

My mother would love for me to stay

a child all my life so she won't age.

She loves it when people say to her

we look like sisters.

And if they don't say it, she tells them.

Have you got a job?

No, but I play guitar and

I got a few prospects.

I know.

I heard you last night.

- Oh, I'm sorry.

- No. It was good. Really!

I thought it was a record

till I kept hearing it over again.

I can't read music, so I got to learn by ear.

- I'm trying to put together an act.

- And then what?

I'll try to cash in on some of those ideas.

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Leonard Gershe

Leonard Gershe (June 10, 1922 - March 9, 2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist. Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks, intended for Tony Danza. He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free. According to World of Wonder Gershe had a long-term relationship with composer Roger Edens.Gershe died in Beverly Hills, California from complications from a stroke. more…

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