Trailer Tuesday: ‘Papillon’ (1973)

Steve McQueen is Henri 'Papillon' Charrière. ('Papillon,' 1973)

Steve McQueen is Henri ‘Papillon’ Charrière. (‘Papillon,’ 1973)

Papillon, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, flew into theaters in December of 1973. This drama about two prisoners (McQueen & Hoffman) attempting to escape from the Devil’s Island penal colony off the coast of French Guiana was the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.

Dustin Hoffman is Louis Dega. ('Papillon,' 1973)

Dustin Hoffman is Louis Dega. (‘Papillon,’ 1973)

I saw Papillon in the theater at seven-years-old and thoroughly enjoyed it. If my mother couldn’t find a babysitter she’d simply take me along to the movies with her. I’m glad she did. I saw a lot of classics that way. I’m sure I watched Papillon again on TV in the 1970s but I haven’t seen it since. I plan on another viewing this evening to see how it holds up. Why not join me? Catch the original trailer below.

‘Papillon’ Theatrical Trailer, 1973

Papillon Wiki, IMDb

Papillon_1-Sheet_1973

Previously, on Trailer Tuesday: ‘Silver Streak’

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