R | | Adventure, Biography, Crime
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.
Do you think a person knows when he's going mad? Or do you think it's blissful ignorance?
After their first night at the prison, Dega has a large bite on his arm. Several scenes later his arm is clear, the next scene the bite is seen again.
German theatrical version was cut by distributor Constantin by approx. 15 minutes to reduce running time.
€256,134 (Italy) (1 July 2018)
$2,335,896 (USA) (13 September 2018)