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M. Butterfly (1993)

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

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Jeanne Gallimard
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Storyline

During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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china | opera | spy | betrayal | 1960s | See All (21) »

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Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,499,795
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Trivia

Peter Weir passed on the chance to direct. See more »

Goofs

The word accordion is misspelled "accordian" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Song Liling: Please come back. My audiences miss the white devil in their midst.
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of David Cronenberg (1999) See more »

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a great work
27 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

this film is compelling and haunting...have seen it only once, but its message of passion burned itself upon my memory for all time. that is my definition of a great film. would love to own a copy on DVD. I always look for it at stores but never have found even a VHS version. I have also been searching for a copy of Damage also starring Jeremy Irons...haven't found that one either. Why are the most artistic films, the ones that really have something to say, the last to make it to the after-market release of the film?? I have noticed that Jeremy Irons tends to portray emotionally crippled characters...it certainly works for him in this film!


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