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Papillon (16-Dec-1973)

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Writers: Dalton Trumbo; Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

Based on a book: Papillon by Henri Charrière (memoir)

Music by: Jerry Goldsmith

Producers: Robert Dorfmann; Franklin J. Schaffner

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Prison, Biography

A minor criminal and safecracker is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at Devil's Island in French Guiana for a murder he likely did not commit. Years of harsh brutality and solitary confinement take their toll, exacerbated by extended sentence from repeated escape attempts. Purported true story of Henri Charrière (nicknamed Papillon, or "butterfly"), adapted from his grim memoir. Received Oscar nomination for Best Dramatic Score.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Val Avery
14-Jul-1924 12-Dec-2009 The Anderson Tapes
George Coulouris
1-Oct-1903 25-Apr-1989 Watch on the Rhine
Dustin Hoffman
8-Aug-1937   The Graduate
Victor Jory
23-Nov-1902 12-Feb-1982 Cat-Women of the Moon
Len Lesser
3-Dec-1922 16-Feb-2011 Uncle Leo on Seinfeld
Steve McQueen
24-Mar-1930 7-Nov-1980 The Great Escape
Bill Mumy
1-Feb-1954   Will Robinson on Lost in Space
John Quade
1-Apr-1938 9-Aug-2009 Every Which Way But Loose
Gregory Sierra
25-Jan-1941   Det. Sgt. Chano on Barney Miller
William Smithers
10-Jul-1927   Jeremy Wendell on Dallas
Vic Tayback
6-Jan-1930 25-May-1990 Character actor, Papillon, etc
Anthony Zerbe
20-May-1936   Dog boy in Cool Hand Luke


Steve McQueen   ...   Henri 'Papillon' Charriere
Dustin Hoffman   ...   Louis Dega
Victor Jory   ...   Indian Chief
Don Gordon   ...   Julot
Anthony Zerbe   ...   Toussaint
Robert Deman   ...   Maturette
Woodrow Parfrey   ...   Clusiot
Bill Mumy   ...   Lariot
George Coulouris   ...   Dr. Chatal
Ratna Assan   ...   Zoraima
William Smithers   ...   Warden Barrot
Val Avery   ...   Pascal
Gregory Sierra   ...   Antonio
Vic Tayback   ...   Sergeant
Mills Watson   ...   Guard
Ron Soble   ...   Santini
And Featuring
Barbara Morrison   ...   Mother Superior
Don Hanmer   ...   Butterfly Trader
E. J. André   ...   Old Con
Richard Angarola   ...   Commandant
Jack Denbo   ...   Classification Officer
Len Lesser   ...   Guard
John Quade   ...   Masked Breton
Fred Sadoff   ...   Deputy Warden
Allen Jaffe   ...   Turnkey
Liam Dunn   ...   Old Trustee


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