DVD - 2005
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Thrilling adventure of an escape from a French Guiana prison.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
ISBN: 9781419809507
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Pap
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 17, 2020

I watched this after seeing the 2018 remake with Rami Malek. This original version is slow-moving and a bit too long, but it's worth checking out just to see the performances of Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen! This film is less violent than the 2018 remake, and it seemed less harsh.

Apr 17, 2020

Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen make a great team as brains and brawn.

Sep 26, 2019

1971 An excellent adventure movie & acting. Rated PG 13

Aug 24, 2019

First watched it in the seventies. Now watch it again and appreciate it more. I am 74, so naturally agree to those positive comments from those vintage guys without reservation. Noticed in the credit that Lawrence Tetenbaum and Ed Apfel are producers and directors. Surprised they are not mentioned in the library introduction.

Feb 04, 2019

It is interesting to compare this classic to the recent remake. The McQueen - Hoffman film is an exploration of courage and cowardice. The two men possessed very different kinds of courage, chose different solutions to survival. Each had to discover new levels of bravery to face their life as prisoners. It is also a study of trust repeatedly betrayed as various prisoners make desperate attempts to survive. Most of all, it is about the unlikely bond the two men formed. When they embrace as they say goodbye it is incredibly moving. The new movie is about violence and abuse. The focus is much more on the horrors of the penal colony and on shocking the viewer with different kinds of torture, violence and humiliation. The acting is far inferior. The close-ups of mutilated body parts are much more frequent. The French guards and prison officials are much more often on screen. The friendship between Papillon and Degas seems unremarkable and lacks the depth McQueen and Hoffman conveyed so skillfully.

Nov 07, 2018

The new Papillon is out with Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, but this version is really a gem!

Nov 04, 2018

I am old enough to have seen this movie when it first came out in the early 70s. This is one of those must-see classics where everything, the story The cinematography the acting the writing the directing are superb. In fairness I have not read the book but if it doesn't follow it as far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter. This is a great movie.

Oct 30, 2018

Old, but like old wine very good. We really enjoyed in spit the fact we saw it many years ago.

May 01, 2018

I remember being impressed with this film in the theatre, back so long ago, Mcqueen was still alive. Hoffman was great, and, for an action hero, Macqueen keeps up with him. Of course, it's a rather taciturn part. By the way, 'papillon' means 'butterfly.' So, I wonder if Nabokov might have enjoyed this movie. I wonder if it would be too much trouble for staff to insert the original date of the movie. if it is like this one, the dvd was at least two decades earlier than the theatrical release. if I had to guess, I would say the original print was released in 1978, making this film one of the best of 1978. I was really so impressed with the acting of both of them. Who would have been nominated as the supporting actor?

Apr 29, 2018

This varies from the book a little & the author made some fiction of his adventures - overall, the acting by legends Steve McQueen & Dustin Hoffman are excellent, probably the second best in McQueens career. Hoffman is exceptional in this role, down to his speech patterns. How he managed to wear those glasses without permanent damage to his eyes amazes me.

I did find it almost unbelievable that the French had these prisons into the mid-20th C., let alone still used the guillotine. I thoroughly enjoyed this after some 30 years of it's making.

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Aug 28, 2012

Judge in Dream: "I accuse YOU... of a WASTED LIFE!" Papillon: "Guilty... guilty... guilty..."

Aug 28, 2012

Papillon (floating on the ocean): "Hey you bastards! ...I'm still here...!"


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