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In the Time of the Butterflies (2003)





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Based on the book by Julia Alvarez, this fact-based drama tells the story of a woman who, along with her family, found the courage to defy a corrupt dictator -- and paid a fearful price for their actions. Minerva Mirabal (Salma Hayek) and her sisters Patria (Lumi Cavazos), Mate (Mia Maestro), and Dede (Pilar Padilla) are the daughters of Enrique (Fernando Becerril), a man who owns a plantation and a small store in the Dominican Republic during the rule of the despotic Rafael LeónidasTrujillo (Edward James Olmos). When several members of her family are killed by Trujillo's forces, Minerva pledges that she will some day win revenge against the dictator, though when the leader first encounters Minerva, it's after she helps foil a friend's poorly planned assassination attempt. After completing her schooling, Minerva meets Virgilio Morales (Marc Anthony), a professor of law at a state university who also works with an underground rebel group attempting to overthrow Trujillo. The two fall in love, and Virgilio helps to open Minerva's eyes to the extent of Trujillo's crimes; when Virgilio is forced to go underground as a result of his actions against Trujillo, Minerva pledges to follow his example and become a lawyer. However, Trujillo's head has been turned by the lovely Minerva, and the more he learns about her, the more he wants to seduce her, hoping to crush her fiery spirit. In time, Minerva attends law school, hoping to challenge the system from within, but upon graduation she discovers Trujillo has been keeping tabs on her actions and isn't about to allow her to practice law; an outraged Minerva vows to fight the corrupt dictator by any means necessary. Produced for the Showtime premium cable network, In the Time of the Butterflies first aired on October 21, 2001; leading lady Salma Hayek also served as executive producer.

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Salma Hayek
as Minerva Mirabal
Marc Anthony
as Virgilio Morales
Edward James Olmos
as Gen. Trujillo
Lumi Cavazos
as Patria Mirabal
Pilar Padilla
as Dede Mirabal
Fernando Becerril
as Juan Mirabal
Géraldine Bazán
as Patria (age 15)
Vanesa Hidalgo
as Dede (age 14)
Ilean Almaguer
as Mate (age 11)
Anna Layevska
as Lina Lovaton
Vanessa Michele
as Sor Milagros
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
as Mother Superior
Anilú Pardo
as Magdalena
Raul Adalid Sainz
as Padre Ignacio
Stephanie Goldberg
as Patria (age10)
Stephany Coria
as Minerva (age 8)
Karla Ortiz
as Dede (age 9)
Elia Rodriguez
as Mate (age 6)
Jacobo Ricano
as Manolito (age 2)
Angelica Tepepa
as Minou (age 4)
Roger Cudney
as Manuel De Moya
Muriel Mayor
as Margarita Mayor
Diana Albert Vasquez
as Margarita (girl)
Juan Luis Orendain
as Roberto Arroyo
Andres Weiss Santos
as Assistant to Magic Eyes
Arturo Posada Arellano
as Check Point Soldier
Jorge Antonio Gayol Rohen
as University Professor
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Eh, I expected more.

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