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“Papillon” is a 1973 American drama film directed by , based on the memoirs of Henri Charrière, a French convict who was imprisoned on Devil's Island in French Guiana.

“Papillon” follows the story of Henri Charrière, played by , who is convicted of a crime he did not commit and sent to a notorious penal colony in French Guiana. While there, he meets a fellow inmate, Louis Dega, played by , who becomes his friend and confidante. Charrière then begins his mission to escape from the brutal and inhumane prison.

“Papillon” explores themes of survival, friendship, and perseverance in the face of adversity. It is known for its captivating storytelling, stunning cinematography, and the strong performances of its cast, particularly 's portrayal of Henri Charrière.

“Papillon” has been praised for its realism and attention to detail in depicting life in a French penal colony during the early 20th century. It has become a classic in the prison escape genre and has inspired many other films and books. The movie was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Directed by
Produced by Robert Dorfmann
Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Based on Papillon
by Henri Charrière
Starring ,
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by Robert Swink
Les Films Corona
General Production Company
Distributed by Allied Artists (USA)
Columbia Pictures (International)
Release date December 16, 1973
Running time 150 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13.5 million
Box office $53,267,000

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