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.
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.
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 »
Louis Dega never escaped the French Guiana prison with Henri Charrière. See more »
What animal but a man keeps his only means of survival up his ass?
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German theatrical version was cut by distributor Constantin by approx. 15 minutes to reduce running time. See more »
Written by Leo Wood, Joe Grey and A.H. Gibbs (as Arthur Harrington Gibbs)
Performed by The Hot Sardines
Courtesy of Universal Music Classics under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
I love this remake. I loved the original.
The only things I have issue with on the remake are the exteriors portraying French Guiana. I know this remake was shot in Europe. You'd think with modern technology they could've made it look like Guiana as opposed to Europe.
The portrayal of the Salvation islands, especially Devils Island, is so historically incorrect.
I still love the storyline. Charlie and Remi were perfect in their roles.
In the original, you could feel their plight from jungle diseases and atmosphere. This one just looked like a dreary day in Serbia.
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