Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.
Henri "Papillon" Charierre is sentenced to life in prison and transported to the penal in French Guyana. Aboard ship on the voyage over, he meets Louis Degas, a forger. They form a bond that will last them a great many years. The conditions at the penal colony are horrific and Papillon desperately wants to escape. His first attempt ends quickly in failure and as a result he spends 2 years in solitary confinement. His next attempts is somewhat more successful and he actually spends a idyllic time with a tribe of Central America Indians. Once caught however, he does 5 years in solitary confinement. Once released, he decides to make one final attempt at freedom. Written by
The prison was actually a set constructed in Falmouth, Jamaica and ran a massive 800 feet (244 meters) in length. See more »
After their escape from prison where Louie DeGas breaks his ankle after jumping over the wall, there is a later scene in the boat where apparently gangrene has set in and Juliot has to amputate Louie's lower leg as Papillion holds him down. After Papillion is caught and serves 5 more years in solitary confinement, he catches up to Louie now imprisoned on one of the smaller islands (tending to his garden). Remarkably, Louie is now fully ambulatory, wearing two shoes, walking and at times running - without a crutch, cane, or even a limp. See more »
We're something, aren't we? The only animals that shove things up their ass for survival.
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Although media promotion hinted that this was another version of "The Great Escape", the movie, and Steve McQueen, avoided what would have been a fatal pratfall - remaking the 1962 POW war film with different costumes.
In fact, this was an excellent film that stood on its own merit(despite the fact that historians claim the story is not true) It was an excellent depiction of the French penal colony in Guana. It would have been great even without McQueen in the title role.
Dustin Hoffman was his usual superb actor, making the most out of his role. McQueen wisely avoided playing himself, and as a result, his role was stronger and believable.
Location scenes and overall plot were superb.
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