Papillon (1973)

8.39 / Rated by 10 people

150 min.
Plot  Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Steve McQueen), a safecracker, is unjustly convicted of murder (specifically, murdering a pimp) in 1930s France. He is sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious French penal colony on Devil's Island, off the coast of French Guiana. En route he meets a fellow convict, Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), a forger and embezzler who is convinced that his wife will secure his release. Dega hires Papillon as his bodyguard, but the two eventually develop a friendship.

After defending Dega against a sadistic guard, Papillon is sentenced to solitary confinement. In gratitude, Dega smuggles extra food to Papillon. When the food smuggling is discovered, prison guards cut Papillon's food rations in half, believing that hunger will force him to reveal the name of his benefactor. Though emaciated and half-insane, and reduced to eating insects to survive, Papillon refuses to snitch on Dega. After two years he is released from solitary confinement, having spent six...


Steve McQueen
Henri Charrière aka Papillon
Dustin Hoffman
Louis Dega
Victor Jory
Indian chief
Anthony Zerbe
Robert Deman
André Maturette
Bill Mumy
George Coulouris
Dr. Chatal
William Smithers
Warden Barrot
Val Avery
Vic Tayback
John Quade
Masked Breton
Fred Sadoff
Deputy Warden


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United States




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