In the Time of the Butterflies


The true story of three sisters who were brutally murdered for their part in a conspiracy to overthrow Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos in In the Time of the Butterflies

Edward James Olmos plays Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic.

The Numbers

"In the Time of the Butterflies" originally aired on October 21, 2001.

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  • 2002 ALMA Awards: Won 2 (Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, Salma Hayek; and Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series). One nomination (Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, Marc Anthony).
  • 2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television, Salma Hayek.


My Take

I can't honestly recall ever seeing Edward James Olmos play an all-out villian until I saw "In the Time of the Butterflies".

He turns in a chilling performance as Dominican dictator Trujillo opposite the warm and vibrant Salma Hayek's Minerva. He plays the part so subtly, though, the calculation that goes on beneath the surface elusive at times and yet it's always present. You know he's dangerous. You know what he is. And it's terrifying.

Even still, this is Salma Hayek's show and she is outstanding from start to finish, honoring the real Minerva and her sisters with a performance that should have earned the Academy's attention.

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