A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
SWEET! look what i found in my dads dvd collection?!? AN EPIC CLASSIC.
Based on the true story (biographical book) of Henri Charriere, also known as Papillon, which is French for ‘butterfly’.
Steve McQueen has always been a badass of cinema past. The torture and drama within the prison was intense and brutal. As a child, I remember catching this late at night and wishing to the heavens never to get myself in prison. The door hole frightened me.
But what really brought me back was seeing Dustin Hoffman! I had no idea it was him (i was a kid at the time). Those thick goofy glasses were a signature of this film/his character, which stuck with me ‘til this very day.
TRIVIA: Dustin Hoffman had to wear contact lenses so that he could see correctly through the thick glasses he had to wear.
This IS one of the best prison movies EVER! I loved the leap of faith ending…
“Hey you bastards, I’m still here.”