True story of two convicts serving time on 1930's Devil's Island who are determined to escape their hell-on-earth. Great performances by McQueen and Hoffman!
Cameos in the opening, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo the barking officer, Anne Byrne, wife of co-star Dustin Hoffman seeing him off, as he departs with Steve McQueen (title character), director Franklin Schaffner using Hondarribia, Spain for 1930's Marseilles, in Papillon, 1973.
Arriving from France, Steve McQueen (title character) and Dega (Dustin Hoffman) get their first look at Devil's Island, with comments from returning inmate Julot (Don Gordon), who takes his own desperate steps, in Papillon, 1973, from the international best-selling memoir by Henri Charriere.
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Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman ("Rain Man," "Tootsie") and Steve McQueen ("The Getaway," "Bullitt") star in this superb but brutal prison film about two convicts on Devil's Island and one's determination to escape, despite the odds. One of the year's top box-office hits!
Unable to fly, Henri Charriere virtually willed himself free. He persisted until he did the impossible: escape Devil's Island.
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