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In the Time of the Butterflies
In the Time of the Butterflies
Actors: Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos, Mía Maestro, Demián Bichir, Pilar Padilla
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
PG-13     2002     1hr 35min

Academy Award® nominee* Salma Hayek gives a powerful, passionate performance as an idealistic young woman who wages a daring struggle for freedom against a murderous dictator (Academy Award® nominee** Edward James Olmos) i...  more »

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Actors: Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos, Mía Maestro, Demián Bichir, Pilar Padilla
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/07/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Nicole D. from MONROE, NY
Reviewed on 12/21/2010...
I probably like this movie because I LOVED THE BOOK. You should definitely read the book beacuase it explains so much more. This movie, however, is cool because it is based on the true story of these sisters who tried to stand against their dictator any way they could.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Anick L. from COLUMBIA, SC
Reviewed on 6/25/2009...
It was an excellent movie although this was not a well known movie. The actors are great and you are taken into the story and the drama with a sense of forebodding. The courage of the main character (Salma Hayek) is inspiring. It reminded me of "Beyond Rangoon" I would definitely recommend this movie!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Hilda S. from YORKTOWN, VA
Reviewed on 5/4/2008...
This was a really good movie about the reign of a dictator in the Dominican Republic. Edward Olmos portrays the dictator perfectly and Selma Hayek is stellar as one of the sisters of the family he tortures. Marc Anthony's part was small but the movie was very enjoyable.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 3/13/2008...
WOW ! This was a moving, beautiful, and trajic film film that held my attention from the beginning until the end. Salma is a "woman" in the Dominican Republic from a well-to-do farmer's family, that dares to confront the present evil dictator with: a slap in the face, winning at a pivotal dice throw, making him allow her to go to law school, and is instrumental in his death. When he has his goons club she and her sisters to death, the revolution had had enough. He was killed 6 months later.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Skip the DVD. Read the book!
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 05/03/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Adapted from the novel by Julia Alvarez about the three Mirabel sisters who were murdered by the Trujillo regime in the 1950s Dominican Republic, this 2001 made-for-TV-movie attempts to tell the story. I read the book several years ago and found it excellent. However, this film is rather thin and misses the richness of the story in several ways.The film focuses on just one character, Minerva Mirabel, and that is one of its weaknesses. There were actually three sisters who were murdered and each one of them has her own complex story that is just hinted at in the film. Also, there was one sister who survived and her story is important too. But perhaps the limits of constricting a story into a tight time frame forced this abbreviated version.Salma Hayek is the star and she does do a fine job. The wicked regime seems awful. But I just couldn't feel the emotions that were intended by the author. Of course it's a sad story; it's supposed to be. And, because of a wide TV audience, it probably reached a lot of people with its message of these heroic women who became martyrs for their cause."
Time for the Dictators
C. Santas | St. Augustine, Florida United States | 05/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A fine, "minor" movie, with major themes. It is about resistance to a dictator, a woman's (and women's) liberation, and about the real meaning of what loss of freedom in a society means. Directed by Mariano Barrroso, the movie, spanning almost three decades, chronicles the life of a resistance movement leader, Minerva Mirabal (Salma Hayek), in the Dominican Republic, and her various confrontations with dictator Rafael Lenidas Trujillo (Edward James Olmos), who ruled that island nation with an iron hand from 1930 till his assassination in 1961. The movie focuses on his obsession with her and his attempts over many years to make her his mistress, bent on revenge when all his attempts prove futile. The movie implies that it was his frequent practice to visit the country, pick a young woman that filled his "eye," and then entice her to his palace for a dance. Many young women were thus impregnated and packed to Miami or other resting place afterwards. Minerva has the courage to resist, thus paying the price--her father's murder, and the imprisonment of her and her sisters. Mirand becomes the leader of an underground freedom movement under the code-name "the butterfly." Eventually, she is assassinated by his thugs, her sister and herself beaten to death with clubs. Her death is annually celebrated in Latin America, as a "violence against women" theme.
Tense, well-acted, enjoyable and horrifying, "The Times of the Butterflies" is a minor masterpiece, and an inspirational story, very much worth watching, despite the pan-and-scan format of this DVD."
Deserves a Much Wider Audience
riccotto | Vienna, Austria | 01/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I appreciate the comments from other reviewers, especially those from the Dominican Republic, for whom this deeply moving story is a familiar one. I ask them to consider, however, that for many viewers outside Latin America this story of the raw courage and self-sacrifice of the Mirabal sisters in opposing the brutal Trujillo dictatorship is virtually unknown. For all the shortcomings mentioned below -- not being filmed in the Dominican Republic, plot of movie thinner than the book, etc. -- the film is an important introduction to a part of the common history of the Western Hemisphere. It tells a compelling story about events with which even those of us who try to stay abreast of developments in Latin America may nonetheless have been unaware. The portrayals of the two principal characters -- Selma Hayek as Minerva Mirabal and Edward James Olmos as Trujillo -- are of a very high standard indeed. As other reviewers confirm, the film has inspired many who had previously known little of the Dominican Republic or of the Trujillo regime to delve further into the history and politics of this period, and in particular to learn all they can about the remarkable courage of the Mirabal sisters. Like another neglected masterpiece -- Michael Verhoeven's "The White Rose" ("Die Weisse Rose"), which recounts the similarly selfless (almost reckless) courage of Hans and Sophie Scholl in leading a resistance movement against Hitler at the University of Munich in the 1940s -- this film tell a compelling story of resistance against hopeless odds and an almost incomprehensible personal courage. Despite a few minor weaknesses, "In the Time of the Butterflies" is a compelling film that greatly deserves to be seen by a wider audience (and the modest cost of this excellent DVD allows that to happen).My one reservation is that -- particularly since both Selma Hayek and Edward James Olmos are a joy to listen to in the Spanish language -- it is a pity that no Spanish language sound track was included (there are only subtitles in Spanish). Perhaps MGM will do us the favor of reissuing this important DVD in a dual-language format, with both principal actors speaking their roles in Spanish? (One would think that the Spanish-speaking market for a film with these two very popular Spanish-speaking actors would be at least as great as the English-speaking one.) In any case, it is clearly a distortion for a film like this, with a compelling theme on a neglected and important episode of recent history and with two fine actors in the principal roles, to be given only one or two stars, when the latest special-effects driven vapidity from the major studios typically receives four or five. Very strongly recommended."