Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: Don Gordon, Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Victor Jory
Genres: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Revealing mistake: When Maturette dies at the end he cannot close his left eye all the way because of the totally noticeable fake contact lens he is wearing.
Revealing mistake: When the inmate is being beheaded in the courtyard, you can see that the man has been replaced by a dummy at the last second. (00:29:40)
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Judge in Dream: I accuse you... of a wasted life.Papillon: Guilty... guilty... guilty.
In the last scene where the main character escapes, he jumps into the bay and is supported by a sack which he is carrying. Actually you can clearly see that he is supported from underneath by a diver.
In the book the tribal island girl who takes care of Papillon after he escapes is 12 years old. The film's producer made her older for all the obvious reasons.