Director Michael Noer’s new screen version of Henri Charrière’s astonishing autobiographical story of endurance, determination and spirit is a memorable retelling of the 1973 version that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Here, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, Short Term 12) are the mesmeric centers on this tough and harsh––yet exhilarating––tale. This is the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Malek) who, in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.
United States/Serbia/Montenegro/Malta 2018 – DCP – 133 minutes
Director: Michael Noer
Producers: Ram Bergman, Roger Corbi, David Koplan, Joey McFarland
Screenplay: Aaron Guzikowski, based on the book by Henri Charrière
Cast: Rami Malek, Charlie Hunnam, Eve Hewson, Tommy Flanagan, Nina Senicar, Roland Møller
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