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Papillon ★★★ 1973 (PG)

McQueen is a criminal sent to Devil's Island in the 1930s determined to escape from the Lemote prison. Hoffman is the swindler he befriends. A series of escapes and recaptures follow. Boxoffice winner based on the autobiographical writings of French thief Henri Charriere. Excellent portrayal of prison life and fine performances from the prisoners. Certain segments would have been better left on the cutting room floor. The film's title refers to the lead's butterfly tattoo. 150m/C VHS, DVD . Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, George Coulouris, Anthony Zerbe; D: Franklin J. Schaffner; W: Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr.; C: Fred W. Koenekamp; M: Jerry Goldsmith.

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pap·il·lon / ˌpäpēˈyôn/ • n. a dog of a toy breed with ears suggesting the form of a butterfly.

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