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Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books "Papillon" and "Banco," this action-packed true story follows the epic life of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie 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 (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape. This film is a thrilling adventure and a powerful portrait of the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of utter inhumanity.
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Critics Consensus: Papillon puts its own well-acted, solidly produced spin on a previously adapted tale, although it suffers in comparison to the 1973 version.
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Common Sense Says
Brutal violence, strong language in prison remake.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Papillon is an intense drama about a wrongly convicted man (Charlie Hunnam) who endures inhuman treatment during his time in prison but refuses to be broken or stop trying to escape. It's a notably more violent remake of the 1973 Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman film, which itself was based on the (factually disputed) autobiography of Henri Charrière. Expect strong, bloody violence -- including many realistically brutal fistfights, stabbings, and beatings, attempted rape, a disembowelment, and a beheading. There's also extremely cruel mistreatment of the prisoners, including years of starvation and solitary confinement. Language is strong throughout, especially "f--k" and "s--t." But there's also a clear message about perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit. Rami Malek and Roland Moller co-star.
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- Release Date:August 24, 2018
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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