Friday, January 11, 2013


1973 Prison Film

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Writer: Dalton Trumbo & Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Cinematography: Fred J. Koenekamp

Running time: 150 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: For Papillon survival was not enough.... he had to be free

Steve McQueen as Henri 'Papillon' Charrière
Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega
Victor Jory as Indian chief
Don Gordon as Julot
Anthony Zerbe as Toussaint Leper colony chief
Robert Deman as André Maturette
Woodrow Parfrey as Clusiot
Bill Mumy as Lariot
George Coulouris as Dr. Chatal
Ratna Assan as Zoraima
William Smithers as Warden Barrot
Val Avery as Pascal
Vic Tayback as Sergeant

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

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Dustin Hoffman based his character on the movie's screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, particularly his withdrawn and shy mannerisms which had inspired Hoffman when meeting Trumbo for the first time. Hoffman once said of Trumbo: "He's a real feisty man and he's got a combination of toughness and sophistication and integrity that I felt were right for Dega....So I said, why didn't he write the character of himself, so to speak?” 



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