Papillon (1973)

Papillon (1973)

Papillon (1973)

True prison escape adventure, based on the autobiography by French convict Henri Charrière, from screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) and director Franklin J. Schaffner (Planet of the Apes). Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman are imprisoned at Devil's Island in French Guiana, where solitary confinement and terrible conditions inspire them to plot an escape.

1973Rating: M151 minsFrance, USA
AdventureDramaTrue Story & Biography

Papillon (1973) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The mood is one of despair, brutality, and little hope.

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Time Out

Time Out

McQueen's escape bids and subsequent doses of solitary take on the proportions of a masochist's marathon.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A big, brave, stouthearted, sometimes romantic, sometimes silly melodrama with the kind of visual sweep you don't often find in movies anymore.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

An expensive, exhaustive, 150-minute odyssey that doesn’t so much conclude as cross the finish line and collapse.

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