Papillon (1973)

The autobiography of Henri Charriere, one of the few people to successfully escape from the notorious French penal colony of Devil's Island, served as the basis for Papillon. Steve McQueen plays the pugnacious Charriere (known as… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Booth
Denver Post

A rousing drama of endurance, opportunism and friendship under fire.

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Cole Smithey

Steve McQueen's career high performance upstages Dustin Hoffman.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The narrative unfolds slowly, but the two stars are compelling and cinematographer Fred Koenekamp's photography is striking.

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Brian Mckay

Awesome jailbreak film with gritty performances.

Emanuel Levy

Based on the memoirs of Henri Charriere, the only man to have successfully escaped from Devil's Island, this is a grim and brutal prison drama, made more likable due to the lead star performances.

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Scott Weinberg

Classic grungy prison drama with great performances throughout.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With an excellent performance by Steve McQueen and a stunning cinematography that employs a large depth of field to explore the setting and thus the gravity of… More
Lucas Martins
Tense and scary, Papillon it's with no doubt about it, is one of the most breathtaking escape movies that I ever saw, with a likable duo, form by McQueen… More
Chris Weber
Based on a true story, but taking a number of liberties, this is Franklin J. Schaffner's sprawling portrait of Henri Charriere- a wrongly imprisoned… More
xGary Xx
A true story based on the life of an infamous safecracker played by Steve McQueen, who is sent to a notorious French prison colony and forms a close bond with… More
Mike S
What greater escape from boredom, than watching two of the finest actors in Hollywood history, making their own grand escape from the shackles of imprisonment.… More
familiar stranger
I was drawn towards it because of its high IMDb rating and all the more because it's based on real life events. However, the length of the movie is too… More