Papillon

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Time Out says

Based on Henri Charrière's bestselling epic about life imprisonment in a French penal colony, Papillon begins atmospherically with the heat and deprivation well conveyed. But with Schaffner unable to find the necessary perspective to prevent the film from becoming unevenly episodic, it ends up looking as if it were tacked together by at least three different directors. Jerry Goldsmith's insistent music doesn't help much either. Consequently McQueen's escape bids and subsequent doses of solitary take on the proportions of a masochist's marathon. He battles manfully against miscasting and a script that remains content merely to celebrate his prowess. He almost carries it off, apart from one romantic dalliance, true Hollywood South Seas style, and the totally perfunctory final half-hour.
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UK release:

1973

Duration:

150 mins

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Michelle

I loved this film - i know it is a favourite of my dads and one I had heard mentioned many times. I was gripped through the whole film. I thought Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman were cast perfectly as the 2 lead characters. The 2nd escape had me gripped almost watching from behind a cushion because I knew nothing of the story and how it panned out I was totally enthralled. I am now urging my husband to watch it.

Michelle

I loved this film - i know it is a favourite of my dads and one I had heard mentioned many times. I was gripped through the whole film. I thought Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman were cast perfectly as the 2 lead characters. The 2nd escape had me gripped almost watching from behind a cushion because I knew nothing of the story and how it panned out I was totally enthralled. I am now urging my husband to watch it.

Karen

My husband told me what a fantastic film this was and that I HAD to watch it. Well, it was a total waste of my time. It lost my interest after about the first hour or so. The story plot didn't make much sense, the so called action scenes were lacking, and the plot got very diluted to the point that I didn't care about the characters, I just wanted it to end! After a torturous 2.5 hours it finally did end, but was lacking any firm conclusion. In my opinion, find something useful to do with your 2.5 hours and skip this movie!

Karen

My husband told me what a fantastic film this was and that I HAD to watch it. Well, it was a total waste of my time. It lost my interest after about the first hour or so. The story plot didn't make much sense, the so called action scenes were lacking, and the plot got very diluted to the point that I didn't care about the characters, I just wanted it to end! After a torturous 2.5 hours it finally did end, but was lacking any firm conclusion. In my opinion, find something useful to do with your 2.5 hours and skip this movie!