#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A semi-fictional account of Henri Charrière’s time in the penal system in French Guyana – some of it spent on infamous Devil’s Island – is presented. It’s the early 1930s. Charrière – nicknamed Papillon because of his butterfly tattoo – and Louis Dega are two among many who have been convicted in the French judicial system, they now being transferred to French Guyana where they will serve their time, never to return to France even if they are ever released. A safe-cracker by criminal profession, Papillon is serving a life sentence for murdering a pimp, a crime for which he adamantly states he was framed. Dega is a wealthy counterfeiter, who expects his well-to-do wife eventually to get him released. On Papillon’s initiative, Papillon and Dega enter into a business arrangement: Papillon will provide protection for Dega, while Dega will finance Papillon’s escape attempt. As Papillon and Degas’ time together lasts longer than either expects, their burgeoning friendship ends up being an important factor altering their original plans, needed as they work with and against others who are trying to achieve their own goals, sometime conflicting with Papillon and Dega’s.
Plot: 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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Grim and authentic telling of Henri “Papillon” Charrière’s time at Devil’s Island.
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Planet Of The Apes/Patton), Papillon is adapted for the screen by Dalton Trumbo & Lorenzo Semple Jr. from notorious French felon Henri “Papillon” Charrière’s own novel. It stars Steve McQueen (Papillon) & Dustin Hoffman (Louis Dega), is primarily shot in Jamaica & Spain with Fred J. Koenekamp (The Towering Inferno) on photography duties and Jerry Goldsmith provides the score.
Henri “Papillon” Charrière was a crook, a bad egg, he however was sent to the notorious, inescapable, prison fortress of Devil’s Island for a murder he didn’t commit. The film, as is the book, is a fictionalised account of Charrière’s time at the penal colony.
The film is probably best described as being a stirring drama of friendship under duress, endurance and opportunism, all neatly blended with an adventure based heart. Schaffner directs it with great technical skill, for in a film with minimal dialogue, he manages to perfectly stifle the viewer with a hot sweaty atmosphere. Something that is crucial for us to feel the confines of this penal colony life. These men are doing hard time, lets not soft soap it Hollywood style, lets get the feel right, something, that much like Don Siegel also did in 79 with his excellent Escape From Alcatraz, Schaffner does exceptionally well. He is helped enormously by two fabulous performances from McQueen & Hoffman.
McQueen is in his element as Papillon. Always an actor whose ability for dominating scenes without using histrionic acting was undervalued, Papillon goes some way to readdressing the myth that he was more about iconography than actual talent. His solitary confinement scenes are sublime, without saying barely a word. As Papillon stave’s off starvation, madness and disease, McQueen has such a powerful and believable presence, he pulls us into that five by five paces cell with him. Incredible! Once again tho the Academy ignored McQueen’s excellent work and the film only received the one Oscar nomination for Goldsmith’s pinging tropical score. Hoffman’s great work was something of a given, meticulous as usual in his preparation N/A, he is the perfect foil for McQueen and the relationship is tender yet never twee. Fine support also comes from Anthony Zerbe as a compassionate leader of a leper colony & Victor Jory as an Indian Chief.
The production was an expensive one, with the original budget of $4 million ballooning to $14 million, making it the most expensive film of 1973. A couple of scripts were jettisoned N/A before Schaffner enlisted Trumbo to write the screenplay. A good move because Trumbo was able to flesh out character relationships that didn’t exist in the source novel. Hoffman himself was adamant that he would only play Dega if the film steered away from a buddy buddy formula and gave Dega intelligent integrity. He got it, which is credit to Trumbo since the Dega character is barely formed in the novel, in fact the film version is an amalgamation of several penal colony characters. Trumbo was rewarded with not only a considerable paycheck, but also a bit part in the movie as the colony commandant early in the piece.
Initial critical reaction to the film was harsh, but the public didn’t agree since the theatres were packed and the film made almost $50 million Worldwide. Making it Allied Artists most successful film ever. It has since garnered a massive fan base and has been favourably reassessed by a new wave of critics. Those old complaints about it being too sombre and too enduring to get thru just don’t add up. One only has to note the thematics and essence of the story to know this fact. 9/10
Although present for much of the filming, author Henri Charriere didn’t live to see the release of PAPILLON (1973), which was based on his allegedly autobiographical novel. The veracity of what he recounts has been questioned virtually since the books’ release in 1969, and the film takes further liberties, leaving one to wonder if this adventure picture is more fiction than fact. What one doesn’t have to wonder about, however, are the results achieved by an underrated director at the top of his craft; a bracing Jerry Goldsmith score; marvelous cinematography by Fred Koenekamp; and spot-on performances by Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, and a stellar supporting cast which features some of the best character actors of the period.
Hollywood’s first non-stereotypical gay character?
Does anyone remember the name of the medic who escapes over the wall with Papillon and Dega – is it Maturette? In any case, he may mark the first time Hollywood created a gay character – at least in a big-budget film – who is sympathetic, not stereotypical or ridiculous or treacherous, and is given his fair share of personal dignity. First, Papillon wants to prostitute him to distract a guard so that he can escape: He lets Papillon know in no uncertain terms that he’s “not a whore” and that “Between the two of us, I’m the one who’s killed a man.” Later, he shows bravery, solidarity, and resourcefulness equal to the two leads’.
It’s a fairly large role, the actor makes a strong impression, yet (almost as important) the filmmakers don’t showcase him in a self-congratulatory way (“Look how progressive we are!”). He’s not offset by any more “typical” gay characters to lessen his impact, nor, thankfully, by one of those ritual gang-rape-of-the-male-lead scenes that seem to be obligatory in prison pictures (e.g., “The Shawshank Redemption”). This is all especially remarkable in that Hollywood movies at the time were still rife with abysmal gay stereotypes (see “Play Misty for Me,” “The Eiger Sanction,” “The Producers,” any number of others in all kinds of genres.) I’d love to know if this was a conscious decision by Schaffner or the screenwriters (Trumbo and Semple both had good progressive credentials, after all).
By the way, if you’re going to see this film, see it letterboxed – it loses much of its visual impact in a standard TV pan-and-scan format.
A must see…
This is the second greatest “run after freedom” movie i’ve ever seen. Two great actors Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen are able to present you disappointment, happiness, loyalty, patience, hope, insanity, friendship and depression perfectly. Every single scene in the picture has a lot of things to say to you. You might get emotionally confused when watching this movie, you might even sense a little bit of friendship or love between the prison guardians and the prisoners and at the same time you might be able to sense the unreasonable hate. When you are not free, then you have nothing else to lose thus you have to run after your freedom, however do not believe in freedom until you get what you used to have before losing it.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 31 min (151 min)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Writer Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay), Henri Charrière (book)
Actors Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon
Country France, USA
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Production Company Solar Productions, Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints), Mono (optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision PSR, Panavision C-Series and Cooke Lenses (uncredited)
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (print)
Film Length 4,130 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm