Papillon

1973

Franklin J. Schaffner
Director
Allied Artists
Production Company

An innocent man framed for murder is compelled to live out the rest of his days in French Guiana on the notorious Devil's Island as a prisoner, along with a bunch of unsavoury others. There, he befriends a wealthy con by the name of Dega (Hoffman, who manages to do something quite unique - steal on-screen time from McQueen) and together they plot a seemingly impossible escape.

Powerful, gritty prison drama based on a true story, though overlong it has to be said. One particular highlight is the final cliff jumping scene - a spectacular stunt performed by McQueen himself at his own insistence.

Just to clear up any confusion, the title of the film is pronounced pappy-on.

See also The Magnificent Rebel, a short documentary on the making of the movie which can be found on the DVD.



16th December 1973
Cinema



151 mins
2.35:1


11th March 1974
Cinema



144 mins
2.35:1

Papillon
4th December 2000
DVD



144 mins
2.35:1

Papillon
31st May 2005
DVD



151 mins
2.35:1


20th March 2008
Soundtrack





Papillon
1st February 2010
DVD



144 mins
2.35:1

Papillon
24th May 2011
Blu-Ray



151 mins
2.35:1



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Steve McQueen
Henri Charriere "Papillon"
Dustin Hoffman
Louis Degas
Victor Jory
Indian Chief
Don Gordon
Julot
Anthony Zerbe
Toussaint Leper Colony Chief
Robert Deman
Maturette
Woodrow Parfrey
Clusoit
Bill Mumy
Lariot
George Coulouris
Doctor Chatal
Ratna Assan
Zoraima
William Smithers
Warden Barrot
Don Hanmer
Butterfly Trader
E.J. André
Old Con
John Quade
Masked Breton
Fred Sadoff
Deputy Warden
Liam Dunn
Old Trustee
Ellen Moss
Nun
Dalton Trumbo
Commandant
Jack Denbo
Classification Officer
Richard Farnsworth
Manhunter
Allen Jaffe
Turnkey
Barbara Morrison
Mother Superior
Gregory Sierra
Antonio
Richard Angarola
Commandant
Val Avery
Pascal
Billy M. Greene
Jojo, Old Convict
Anne Byrne Hoffman
Mrs Dega
Fred Lerner
Convict on Ship
Len Lesser
Guard
Harry Monty
Ron Soble
Santini
Vic Tayback
Sergeant
Mills Watson
Guard
Unknown
Guillotine Prisoner
Unknown
Manhunter #2

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