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Papillon

USA, English, 150 mins

  • Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Writer: Dalton Trumbo; Lorenzo Semple Jr.
  • Producer: Robert Dorfmann; Robert O. Kaplan

CGiii Comment

Simply brilliant.

And...it only received 1 Oscar nomination for best original music - so much for Academy kudos.

One of the greatest films ever made.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Henri "Papillon" Charierre is sentenced to life in prison and transported to the penal in French Guyana. Aboard ship on the voyage over, he meets Louis Dega, a forger. They form a bond that will last them a great many years. The conditions at the penal colony are horrific and Papillon desperately wants to escape. His first attempt ends quickly in failure and as a result he spends 2 years in solitary confinement. His next attempt is somewhat more successful and he actually spends a idyllic time with a tribe of Central America Indians. Once caught however, he does 5 years in solitary confinement. Once released, he decides to make one final attempt at freedom.

Cast & Characters

Steve McQueen as Henri 'Papillon' Charriere;
Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega;
Victor Jory as Indian Chief;
Don Gordon as Julot;
Anthony Zerbe as Toussaint;
Robert Deman as Maturette;
Woodrow Parfrey as Clusiot;
Bill Mumy as Lariot;
George Coulouris as Dr. Chatal;
Ratna Assan as Zoraima;
William Smithers as Warden Barrot;
Val Avery as Pascal;
Gregory Sierra as Antonio;
Vic Tayback as Sergeant;
Mills Watson as Guard

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