R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.
Papillon means "Butterfly" and was Henri Charrière's nickname due to the butterfly tattoo on his chest.
Now what's the son of two school teachers doing in a place like this?
French authorities released penal colony records that contradicted Henri Charrière's story, amongst other details, Charrière had never been imprisoned on Devil's Island.
German theatrical version was cut by distributor Constantin by approx. 15 minutes to reduce running time.
Bei mir bist du schön (Means That You're Grand)
Written by Sholom Secunda (as Sholom Sholem Secunda), Jacob Jacobs, Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn
Performed by The Hot Sardines
Courtesy of Universal Music Classics under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains portions of "Diga Diga Doo"
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
€256,134 (Italy) (1 July 2018)
$2,335,896 (USA) (13 September 2018)
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