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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91%
IMDb Rating 8 10 104869


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Steve McQueen as Henri 'Papillon' Charriere
Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega
Dalton Trumbo as Commandant
Bill Mumy as Lariot
2.16 GB
23.976 fps
2hr 31 min
P/S 10 / 89

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"Forget France, and put your clothes on."

"Papillon" is the kind of movie that shows to what lengths persevering men will go to, to achieve freedom. I've not read the Henri Charriere novel that was the basis for the film, though I'm guided in that direction by the film and other reviewers here. Just contemplating the horrors of being an inmate at St. Laurent Prison is enough to make one ill; seeing some of them depicted is downright nauseating. Eating bugs and going dark in solitary is not a pleasant prospect.

Steve McQueen is excellent in one of his career defining roles, and it was interesting to see hints of Ratso Rizzo ("Midnight Cowboy") and the future Raymond Babbitt ("Rain Man") in Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of Louie Dega. The one disconnect I had with the picture though was with Dega's reputation as the best counterfeiter in France. Bereft of any possessions in prison, especially when banished to a French Guiana penal colony, what resources did he have to produce all the currency Papillon used for his various bribes? An additional scene or two, even brief ones, might have shed some light on that.

But overall, this is an engaging film with an established star of the era (McQueen), and a notable celebrity in the making (Hoffman). It's taken me a long while to get around to this picture and now I'm glad I did. If this is anyone's first look at McQueen, be sure to take note of those incredibly blue eyes of his. They're almost unnatural.

Reviewed by Benedito Dias Rodrigues 10 / 10

My Masterpiece number 03

Saturday afternoon at Arte Palacio Theatre in 1980,l and my old brother Pedro which is already like myself a movie fan,actually invited me since if l had to pay the tickets to see "Papillon" he had heard wonders about this picture,so we had a good time together which we never l've finally get my brand new Blu-ray from this remarkable movie...see all those wonderful images in high definition is beyond that l'd never imagined,the stunning performance for two leading roles Macqueen and Hoffman whose deserves an Oscar for both...Papillon and Dega...the arrival...the escape...the cell...the new escape...meeting the lepers....the easy life on shore...the betray on convent...meeting Dega again....the final escape...this timeless picture thriller me when start on experience of felling just a couple times in Ben Hur and Planet of the Apes...fantastic really!!


First watch: 1980 / How many: 7 / Source: Theatre-TV-DVD-Blu-ray / Rating: 10

Reviewed by sporcopoeta 10 / 10

One of the top five films of all time.

I haven't yet seen the remake and don't know if I want to. This is a perfect film in every way. It's shot beautifully and there's really no reason to make it again. It's not like it's a silent film or in black and white, or was poorly acted. It's Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman at their best for Christ's sake. And a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. What more could you want?

I must have watched this film 10 times back when it came out and for the following few years after, and I just went back to view it again. I've always said, as so many others in these User Reviews have stated, this is one of the most underrated Hollywood films in the history of cinema. Franklin Schaffer was at his best. He didn't nominated for an Oscar and nor did the film. What an oversight. It's one of McQueen's best performances ever, and that's saying a lot. He got a Golden Globe nomination but no Oscar nomination. And overall, this film and the talented team that made it, never got their due.

Papillon (the original) is and will always be in my TOP FIVE FILMS OF ALL TIME.

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