2018 | 133 minutes | Rated R

A slavish but condensed remake of the 1973 prison-escape film that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman and was directed by Patton and Planet of the Apes’ Franklin J. Schaffer. This one, with Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek in the McQueen and Hoffman roles, has been made by Danish director Michael Noer, and it illuminates both the power of the story itself and—perhaps inadvertently—the brilliance of Schaffner’s film. On its own, this new Papillon is a perfectly decent movie that tells a fascinating, suspenseful story with clarity and emotion. But in almost every aspect, it’s inferior to the 1973 version.


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Film Credits
Michael Noer
Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Roland Møller, Nina Senicar, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson, Christopher Fairbank, Brian Vernel