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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 "Papillon," or "butterfly," because of a prominent tatoo), incarcerated--wrongly, he claims--for murdering a pimp. He saves the life of fellow convict Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), a counterfeiter who will later show his gratitude by helping Charriere in his many escape attempts, and by smuggling food to Charriere when the latter is put in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"A rousing drama of endurance, opportunism and friendship under fire."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Steve McQueen's career high performance upstages Dustin Hoffman."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The narrative unfolds slowly, but the two stars are compelling and cinematographer Fred Koenekamp's photography is striking."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Awesome jailbreak film with gritty performances."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Classic grungy prison drama with great performances throughout."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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