Based on true events, this movie is truly something that you must see. It is both riveting and frightening at the same time, using the life of Henry Charriere as a focal lens to highlight our society and the way we treat criminals. Intertwined with this is a personal story of freedom, crime and destiny. The movie Papillon is based on a book written by Henry back in 1970. Some of the things that he described have been proven to be not true by the French authorities and Henry himself told the press that the book is about 75% true. It is suspected that he added things that did happen, just not to him. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. I am sure that there’s a guy somewhere with a story that’s so crazy that no one would believe him and he will not get a movie, so that’s that.

It depicts the life of inmates in French Guiana (South America) prison system, and the almost unbearable conditions that they had to endure. As his way out of the prison Papillon offers a rich but weak Dega protection from other inmates. From this business arrangement a friendship will be born that will last very long. Can you imagine Prison Break in this environment 😀 Two great actors play two main roles, Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman played parts of their lives in this interesting movie. It is testament to the human will to live and to be free, although we are sympathizing with a convicted criminal… Enjoy…

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Don Gordon, Anthony Zerbe, Woodrow Parfrey, William Smithers

Fun Stuff: Dustin Hoffman’s then wife, Anne Byrne Hoffman, plays his (uncredited) wife in this movie and is the very first person to utter any words of dialog in the opening sequence.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/

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