Film, Action and adventure

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.

By: CPe


Release details

150 mins

Cast and crew

Franklin J Schaffner
Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr
Steve McQueen
Dustin Hoffman
Victor Jory
Don Gordon
Anthony Zerbe
Robert Deman
Woodrow Parfrey
Bill Mumy
George Coulouris
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