Papillon

2017, History/Biography, 2h 13m

111 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Papillon puts its own well-acted, solidly produced spin on a previously adapted tale, although it suffers in comparison to the 1973 version. Read critic reviews

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The epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape.

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Charlie Hunnam
Henri "Papillon" Charrière
Rami Malek
Louis Dega
Nina Senicar
Leper Woman
Tommy Flanagan
Masked Breton
Brian Vernel
Guittou
Terence Chang
Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort
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Yan Fisher-Romanovsky
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Samuel Hadida
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Hagen Bogdanski
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John Axelrad
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Lee Haugen
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  • Jan 20, 2019
    Competent is the word of the day here. The acting's not great but it's competent. The style isn't blowing my mind but it's shot competently. Papillon is the sort of movie that will have its lead hit near-anorexia to express the level of torture his character has suffered, but can't have him grow a beard past sexy manicured stubble despite being isolated in a cell with nothing for two whole years. It commits hard to half-measures. A very unusual paradox that leads to a movie that's very, very okay.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Before you ask: No, I haven't seen the original. And no, this thing doesn't have any excuse to be nearly two and a half hours, but it mostly makes it worth your while. Director Michael Noer, who largely works in the world of documentaries, paints some beautiful canvases in contrast to the ugliness with which human life is subjected in this journey of a relentless man, unwilling to give in to a system dead set on cutting him down. Hunnam is solid, sells it, and obviously dedicated to the part while Malek is charming, oddly endearing, and the point of the dynamic that forces us to genuinely engage. There is an epic sense to the execution here and the entertainment factor is large if not somewhat distant, but I'd hoped we might be instilled more into the minds of these characters and how they dealt with the confinement and quiet more so than the film accomplishes. A for effort though (or B-). "Keeping you is no benefit. Losing you is no loss."
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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