6.8/10
1,897
35 user 3 critic

In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Fons
Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo, Salma Hayek
La gran vida (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Cuadri
Stars: Salma Hayek, Carmelo Gómez, Tito Valverde
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
Stars: Penélope Cruz, Victoria Abril, Jero García
Frida (2002)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor
Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein
Stars: Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek
El cantante (2006)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director: Leon Ichaso
Stars: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz
Cantinflas (2014)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Director: Sebastian del Amo
Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli, Ilse Salas
Selena (1997)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda
Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A poetic depiction of belly dancers and anxiety over the disappearance of this art form that is unique to the Middle East.

Director: Youssef Nabil
Stars: Salma Hayek, Tahar Rahim, Kyle Abdullah
Americano (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A man who returns to Los Angeles to wrap up his mother's estate sets out in search of the mysterious woman named in her will.

Director: Mathieu Demy
Stars: Mathieu Demy, Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni
Hotel (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

While a British film crew are shooting a version of The Duchess Of Malfi in Venice, they in turn are being filmed by a sleasy documentary primadonna while the strange staff share meals ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Max Beesley, Saffron Burrows, Rhys Ifans
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding.

Director: Salim Akil
Stars: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Manolo (as Demian Bichir)
Pilar Padilla ...
Dede
...
Patria
...
Lio
...
Captain Pena (as Pedro Armendariz Marquez)
Ana Martín ...
Mama
...
Enrique Mirabal
...
Palomino
...
Jaimito
...
Pedrito
Mariana Sánchez ...
Minerva 13 Years Old (as Mariana Sanchez)
...
Patria 15 Years Old (as Geraldine Bazan)
Edit

Storyline

On November 25, 1960, the bodies of three sisters were found near the bottom of a cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official daily 'El Caribe' reports that it had been an accident, but it does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it mention the sisters' fierce opposition to the General Trujillo's dictatorship. This is their story: how Minerva started the tragedy by refusing Trujillo; how Patria became an opponent from the church itself; how Maria Teresa joined the revolution through the love. And how they lost their wings, but not their courage. They were Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies". Written by Diana Heche <dianaheche@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Women had their place. Hers was in the revolution.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

19 August 2004 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

En el tiempo de las mariposas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filming ended on the 40th anniversary of the Mirabal sisters' assassination. See more »

Goofs

When Leo enters the chicken coop to talk to Minerva he leaves the door slightly ajar. When he makes to leave the coop, the door is wide open. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vecinos: La pareja de ventas (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Que Merengue
Written by George Hernandez
Performed by Orquestra Tropicana
Courtesy Tropicana Records/Hall of Fame Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Melodramatic, bland, and unconvincing
25 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Butterflies", the code name for three sisters and underground resistance conspirators in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorial Trujillo regime, bounds through time like a mediocre biopic taking pause at moments obviously designed to evoke emotion rather than infusing a sense of reality. Although an okay shoot technically, the film tries to do too much, doesn't give any real sense of Dominican history, and comes off like a soapy evil dictator vs three babes who even manage to find lip rouge in prison. Melodrama not for realists which attempts to connect the three sibs with Trujillo's assassination by association as opposed to fact. A poor testament to three martyrs.


10 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Paul Scheer on Why There Are No Bad Movies

Paul Scheer discusses The Disaster Artist and his love of awesomely bad movies. Plus, we dive into the origins of midnight movies and explore how The Room became a cult classic.

Watch now