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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 saves 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 ...

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Ben

Mar 23, 2015

Absolutely Beautiful

What struck me most about the film was the beautiful cinematography capturing the islands of French Guiana. The story is certainly one of harsh survival, which makes the film such an amazing contrast. On one hand you have the utter despair that the two main characters are going through, and the countless inmate perils you see on the screen. On the other hand you have this beautiful island paradise as a backdrop. The film is slow, but done so on purpose...I guarantee that you won't be able to take your eyes of the screen.

5 Stars

Rachell

Jan 21, 2010

Steve McQueen's Best

This movie is why Steve McQueen was considered great! His acting was superior to any of his other movies. Dustan Hoffman is amazing as usual.

ESECats

Apr 14, 2009

Papillon the movie

This movie is a classic. If you haven't seen it, you are missing one of the all time best movies and performances of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

3728

Aug 14, 2008

Finally found it!!!

So glad to have found this great movie. I somehow missed it when it was a "current" movie....back in the day. Caught part of this movie on television...loved it so much that I decided to do some internet research re:topic; next thing I was ordering the book to read from Alibris.com and when finished with the book I just had to have the movie. Glad to have found it....fabulous story-and true!

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