- Original title
- Running time
- 150 min.
- United States
Franklin J. Schaffner
Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr. (Novel: Henri Charrière)
Fred J. Koenekamp
Allied Artists / Solar Productions
Adventure. Drama | Prison Drama. Friendship
- Synopsis / Plot
- Based on the true story of Henri Charriere, also known as Papillon, which is French for 'butterfly' (the character even sports a large tattoo of a butterfly. A petty criminal, Papillon is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in a French penal colony in 'Guiane' (French Guiana, South America). Papillon is determined to escape but attempt after attempt meets with difficulty, resulting in eventual recapture. He continues his attempts to escape despite incarcerations in solitary confinement as punishment.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Soundtrack (Drama)
: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actor - Drama (Steve McQueen)
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