Papillon (1973)
IMDb Rating 7.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Steve McQueen Papillon
Dustin Hoffman Dega
Victor Jory Indian Chief
Don Gordon Julot
Anthony Zerbe Leper Colony Chief
Robert Deman Maturette
Fred Sadoff Deputy Warden
Gregory Sierra Antonio
John Quada Masked Breton
Woodrow Parfrey Clusiot
Bill Mumy Lariot
George Coulouris Dr. Chatal
Ratna Assan Zoraima
The autobiography of Henri Charriere, one of the few people to successfully escape from the notorious French penal colony of Devil's Island, served as the basis for Papillon. Steve McQueen plays the pugnacious Charriere (known as "Papillon," or "butterfly," because of a prominent tatoo), incarcerated—wrongly, he claims—for murdering a pimp. He save the life of fellow convict Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), a counterfeiter who will later show his gratitude by helping Charriere in his many escape attempts, and by smuggling food to Charriere when the latter is put in solitary confinement. One breakout, which takes Charriere and Dega to a leper colony and then to a native encampment, is almost successful, but Charriere is betrayed (allegedly because he stopped for an act of kindness) and back the prisoners go to French Guinea. Years later, Dega is made a trustee and is content with his lot, but the ageing, white-haired Charriere cannot be held back. A tribute to the unquenchability of the human spirit, Papillon brought in an impressive $22 million at the box office. — Hal Erickson
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama; War
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Producer Robert Dorfmann; Franklin J. Schaffner
Writer Forenzo Semple, Jr.; Dalton Trumbo; Henri Charrière
Studio Warner Bros.
Country France
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 150 mins
Movie Release Date 12/16/1973
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It No
Index 430
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/21/2005
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569083226
Chapters 39
Release Date 12/14/1999
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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