Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.
Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books "Papillon" and "Banco", PAPILLON follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape.
According to Yorick van Wageningen, shooting the prison scenes in Montenegro was constantly disrupted by bad weather, which turned the entire set into a giant mud bath. He was originally supposed to work on the project for only a few weeks, but the delays forced him to stay on for two months. See more »
French authorities released penal colony records that contradicted Henri Charrière's story, amongst other details, Charrière had never been imprisoned on Devil's Island. See more »
Do you think a person knows when he's going mad? Or do you think it's blissful ignorance?
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German theatrical version was cut by distributor Constantin by approx. 15 minutes to reduce running time. See more »
This is a great film. I have not seen the original. Rami Malek does such a great job, he's really coming up in the acting world. I love him.
The story is a beautiful one. About friendship, loyalty, trust and courage. I had thoughts about how grateful I am to be living the life I currently live, after seeing what some people have endured through this movie.
Worth a watch that's for sure! 7/10
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