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Papillon ()


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A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

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Henri 'Papillon' Charriere
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Louis Dega
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Indian Chief
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Julot
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Toussaint
Robert Deman ...
Maturette
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Clusiot
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Lariot
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Dr. Chatal
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Zoraima
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Warden Barrot
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Pascal
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Antonio
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Sergeant (as Victor Tayback)
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Guard
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Santini
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Mother Superior
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Butterfly Trader
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Old Con
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Commandant
Jack Denbo ...
Classification Officer
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Guard
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Masked Breton
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Deputy Warden
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Turnkey
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Old Trustee
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Manhunter (uncredited)
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Old Man (uncredited)
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Mrs. Dega (uncredited)
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Convict on Ship (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Ellen Moss ...
Nun (uncredited)
Ken Muggleston ...
Border Official (uncredited)
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Commandant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Franklin J. Schaffner

Written by

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Dalton Trumbo ... (screenplay) and
Lorenzo Semple Jr. ... (screenplay)
 
Henri Charrière ... (book "Papillon")
 
William Goldman ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Robert Dorfmann ... producer
Robert O. Kaplan ... assistant producer
Ted Richmond ... executive producer
Franklin J. Schaffner ... producer
Robert Laffont ... associate producer (uncredited)
Emanuel L. Wolf ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Fred J. Koenekamp ... director of photography (as Fred Koenekamp)

Film Editing by

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Robert Swink

Casting By

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Jack Baur

Production Design by

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Anthony Masters

Art Direction by

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Jack Maxsted

Costume Design by

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Anthony Powell

Makeup Department

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Charles H. Schram ... make up creator (as Charles Schram)
Evet Hussey ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Emmett Emerson ... production manager
Robert Watts ... unit production manager
Francisco Ariza ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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José López Rodero ... first assistant director (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
Kuki López Rodero ... first assistant director (as Juan Lopez Rodero)
Joe Nayfack ... second assistant director
Roberto Parra ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Bill MacSems ... assistant property master (as William MacSems)
Dennis J. Parrish ... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
Hugh Scaife ... set dressing
Terry Ackland-Snow ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster designer (uncredited)
Francisco Prósper ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Derek Ball ... sound recording
Gordon Daniel ... sound editor
Richard Portman ... rerecording

Special Effects by

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Alex Weldon ... special effects
Basilio Cortijo ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Joe Canutt ... stunt gaffer
Jophery C. Brown ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunt double: Steve Mcqueen (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... cliff stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Roy Scammell ... stunt double: Steve Mcqueen (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mike Benson ... assistant cameraman (as Michael Benson)
Jack Courtland ... camera operator (as John Courtland)
Reggie Jones ... key grip
Thomas Laughridge ... camera operator
William McCreery ... assistant cameraman
Gene Stout ... gaffer
Steve Yaconelli ... assistant cameraman (as Stephen Yaconelli)
Julio Garbi ... electrical equipment supplier (uncredited)
Ronald Lenoir ... set rigger (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tony Pueo ... wardrobe supervisor
Mickey Sherrard ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Randy Spangler ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Erma E. Levin ... music editor
Arthur Morton ... orchestration
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion
Alexander Courage ... composer: source music/music arranger (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Lucien Lamontagne ... technical advisor
Scott Alexander Tritt ... stand-in (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A semi-fictional account of Henri Charrière's time in the penal system in French Guyana - some of it spent on infamous Devil's Island - is presented. It's the early 1930s. Charrière - nicknamed Papillon because of his butterfly tattoo - and Louis Dega are two among many who have been convicted in the French judicial system, they now being transferred to French Guyana where they will serve their time, never to return to France even if they are ever released. A safe-cracker by criminal profession, Papillon is serving a life sentence for murdering a pimp, a crime for which he adamantly states he was framed. Dega is a wealthy counterfeiter, who expects his well-to-do wife eventually to get him released. On Papillon's initiative, Papillon and Dega enter into a business arrangement: Papillon will provide protection for Dega, while Dega will finance Papillon's escape attempt. As Papillon and Degas' time together lasts longer than either expects, their burgeoning friendship ends up being an important factor altering their original plans, needed as they work with and against others who are trying to achieve their own goals, sometime conflicting with Papillon and Dega's. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines Escape is Everything! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Ba Bi Long (China, Mandarin title)
  • Метелик (Ukraine)
  • Metulj (Slovenia)
  • Drugelis (Lithuania)
  • Ppa Ppi Yong (South Korea)
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Runtime
  • 151 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Steve McQueen insisted on performing the stunt where he jumps off a cliff. McQueen once said that it was "one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life". See more »
Goofs When Papillon is in his first solitary confinement, a vampire bat bites him and drinks his blood. The wound is two fang-like holes where the blood comes out. A vampire bat doesn't have fangs for teeth. Using their sharp teeth, the bats make tiny cuts in the skin. The bats' saliva contains a chemical that keeps the blood from clotting. The bats then lap up the blood that oozes from the wound. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Ballet Music from Faust See more »
Quotes Papillon: Hey you bastards, I'm still here.
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