They called him Papillon, meaning "butterfly." If only he had wings to go with the name. Unable to fly, Henri Charriere virtually willed himself free. He persisted until he did the impossible: escape from Devil's Island. Based on Charriere's bestseller and shot in Spain and Jamaica, Franklin J. Schaffner's film of Papillon united two stars at key career junctures. After a decaded of find work in The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles and Bullitt, Steve McQueen found in Charriere another ideal tough-guy role. Coming off The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man, Dustin Hoffman again distinguished himself as Dega, Charriere's scruffy friend.

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Papillon (1973)

R

Drama/Crime · 2h 30m · 2/6/1974

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Escape is Everything!

Description

They called him Papillon, meaning "butterfly." If only he had wings to go with the name. Unable to fly, Henri Charriere virtually willed himself free. He persisted until he did the impossible: escape from Devil's Island. Based on Charriere's bestseller and shot in Spain and Jamaica, Franklin J. Schaffner's film of Papillon united two stars at key career junctures. After a decaded of find work in The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles and Bullitt, Steve McQueen found in Charriere another ideal tough-guy role. Coming off The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man, Dustin Hoffman again distinguished himself as Dega, Charriere's scruffy friend.

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Status

Released

Languages

English, Spanish

Countries

United States, France, Spain

Production Companies

Corona-General, Solar Productions

Budget

$12,000,000

Revenue

$53,267,000
Cast
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Steve McQueen

Henri 'Papillon' Charriere
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Dustin Hoffman

Louis Dega
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Victor Jory

Indian Chief
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Don Gordon

Julot
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Anthony Zerbe

Toussaint
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Ken Muggleston

Border Official (uncredited)
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Robert Deman

Maturette
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Bill Mumy

Lariot
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George Coulouris

Dr. Chatal
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Ratna Assan

Zoraima
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William Smithers

Warden Barrot
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Val Avery

Pascal
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Gregory Sierra

Antonio
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Vic Tayback

Sergeant (as Victor Tayback)
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Woodrow Parfrey

Clusiot
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Dalton Trumbo

Commandant (uncredited)
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Mills Watson

Guard
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Ron Soble

Santini
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Barbara Morrison

Mother Superior
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E.J. André

Old Con
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Richard Angarola

Commandant
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Jack Denbo

Classification Officer
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Len Lesser

Guard
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John Quade

Masked Breton
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Fred Sadoff

Deputy Warden
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Allen Jaffe

Turnkey
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Liam Dunn

Old Trustee
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Richard Farnsworth

Manhunter (uncredited)
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Billy M. Greene

Old Man (uncredited)
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Anne Byrne Hoffman

Mrs. Dega (uncredited)
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Fred Lerner

Convict on Ship (uncredited)
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Harry Monty

(uncredited)
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Ellen Moss

Nun (uncredited)
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Don Hanmer

Butterfly Trader
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Peter Brocco

Doctor (uncredited)
Crew
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Franklin J. Schaffner

Director
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Dalton Trumbo

Writer
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Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Writer
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Disc Releases
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Papillon

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/19/2009

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Papillon

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/31/2005

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Papillion

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

9/18/2018

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Papillon

(DVD)

12/14/1999

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Nevada Smith

(DVD, Other)

6/4/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

Papillon

(DVD)

5/31/2005

Disc Title Front Cover

Papillon

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

9/21/2010

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(DVD, Other)

6/4/2013

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