Papillon Trailer & Clips


Papillon full movie is released on Dec 19, 1973. Watch Papillon online - the English Biography movie from France , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $53,267,000. Papillon is directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and created by Dalton Trumbo with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Papillon is available online on Apple iTunes and Amazon Video.

A semi-fictional account of Henri Charrière's time in the penal system in French Guyana - some of it spent on infamous Devil's Island - is presented. It's the early 1930s. Charrière - nicknamed Papillon because of his butterfly tattoo - and Louis Dega are two among many who have been convicted in the French judicial system, they now being transferred to French Guyana where they will serve their time, never to return to France even if they are ever released. A safe-cracker by criminal profession, Papillon is serving a life sentence for murdering a pimp, a crime for which he adamantly states he was framed. Dega is a wealthy counterfeiter, who expects his well-to-do wife eventually to get him released. At Papillon's initiative, the duo enters into a business arrangement: Papillon will provide protection for Dega, who, in turn, will finance Papillon's escape attempt. As the two men spend more time together than either had expected, their burgeoning friendship ends up being an important factor altering their original plans, needed as they work with and against others who are trying to achieve their own goals, sometime conflicting with those of Papillon and Dega.

As know as:

Motylek, Ba Bi Long, Метелик, Papillon, Leptir

Release Date:

Dec 16, 1973

Release Date (Streaming):

Dec 14, 1999


France, United States


English, Spanish

Stream Service:

CBS/Fox, Columbia Tristar

Production Companies:

Les Films Corona, General Production Company, Solar Productions

Gross worldwide:



Escape is Everything!, "Welcome, to the prison colony of French Guiana, whose prisoners you are and from which there is no escape.", After 5 years as an International Best Seller It Comes to the Screen Unquestionably The Greatest Adventure of Escape Ever Filmed, The greatest adventure of escape ever filmed!, For Papillon survival was not enough .... he had to be free, Two men with nothing in common but a will to live and a place to die


Paul D. Zimmerman
It is a tournament of brutality unrelieved by imagination.
by rottentomatoes, Feb 10, 2022
Judith Crist
New York Magazine/Vulture
It drags on for two-and-a-half hours... to show us that the talents of even Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen can be buried under endless restatement of the obvious and that the best of adventure stories can be attenuated into boredom.
by rottentomatoes, Jun 29, 2020
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
The narrative is epic and life-spanning...The locations are stunning...and the surreal touches...add to the sense of a highly original art-movie spectacular.
by rottentomatoes, Sep 14, 2018

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