Not just a great escape. It was the greatest.
They called him Papillon, meaning "butterfly." If only he had wings to go with the name. Unable to fly, Henri Charriere virtually willed himself free. He persisted until he did the impossible: escape Devil's Island.
Based on Charriere's bestseller and shot in Spain and Jamaica, Franklin J. Schaffner's film of Papillon united two stars at key career junctions. After a decade of fine work in The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, and Bullitt, Steve McQueen found in Charriere another ideal tough-guy role. Coming off The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, and Little Big Man, Dustin Hoffman again distinguished himself as Dega, Charriere's scruffy friend.
'Magnificent Rebel' featurette
Isolated score by Jerry Goldsmith
Original theatrical trailer
Actors Steve McQueen ; Dustin Hoffman ; Victor Jory ; Don Gordon ; Anthony Zerbe ; Bill Mumy ; Woodrow Parfrey
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Certificate 15 years and over
Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional Languages Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono: German
Subtitles English ; German ; Swedish ; Finnish ; Norwegian
Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes (approx)
Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.