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1 hr. 19 min.

Plot Summary
In 1997, Julia "Butterfly" Hill took up residence 180 feet up a redwood to prevent the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting down the 1,500-year-old tree. This documentary chronicles her unwavering determination to save the tree that she called "Luna." Initially uninvolved with any activist groups, Hill impressed several environmentalists with the strength of her conviction. Hill stayed in the redwood for 738 days, until the logging company promised to protect Luna and the surrounding trees.


Director: Doug Wolens

Genres: Documentary

Butterfly (2001)

Release Date: March 30th, 2001|1 hr. 19 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 88
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Has a saccharine quality but also offers a memorable performance by famed Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez. show more

  • 100
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Manages the rare feat of being both bleak and deeply rewarding. show more

  • 88
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    May be a bit sentimental for some, but I found its patient examination of how the forces of optimism can be overwhelmed by a wave of cruelty to be both moving and wise. show more

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