- Franklin J Schaffner
- 144 mins
- 15More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Fact-based drama about a Frenchman wrongly imprisoned for life for a crime he did not commit, who made an extraordinarily courageous bid to escape from the notorious Devil's Island - a former leper colony turned into a maximum-security prison. Starring Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Zerbe, Don Gordon and George Coulouris.
On its original release, the critics had few good words to say about this adaptation of Henri Charrière's autobiographical account of his escape from Devil's Island. But time has looked favourably on The Shawshank Redemption of its day, with director Franklin J Schaffner's stately pace and careful development of the forbidding prison atmosphere adding greatly to a harrowing study of confinement and single-mindedness. Steve McQueen plays the convict bent on breaking free and is perhaps a little too enigmatic for his own good at times. But Dustin Hoffman (as a fretful counterfeiter who's taken under Papillon's wing) produces a splendid depiction of cunning corruption that acts as a perfect balance to McQueen's superstar charisma.
How to Watch
- Theatrical distributor
- Columbia-Warner Dists
- Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
- Available on
- video and DVD
|Henri Charrière, Papillon||Steve McQueen (1)|
|Louis Dega||Dustin Hoffman|
|Indian Chief||Victor Jory|
|Dr Chatal||George Coulouris|
|Warden Barrot||William Smithers|
|Masked Breton||John Quade|
|Mother Superior||Barbara Morrison|
|Old trustee||Liam Dunn|
|Mrs Dega||Anne Byrne Hoffman|
|Butterfly trader||Don Hanmer|
|Old con||E J Andre|
|Deputy warden||Fred Sadoff|
|Director||Franklin J Schaffner|