• 2017
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Noer
  • Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Eve Hewson
  • UK release: 21 December 2018

Henri ‘Papillon’ Charrière (Hunnam) forms a bond in prison with forger Louis Dega (Malek). This remake of the 1973 McQueen/Hoffman adaptation of Charrière’s autobiographical novel is a tight two-hander with good performances from the leads, focusing on the man rather than on the myth.

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25 Jun 20183 stars

EIFF 2018: Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek impress in a fresh take on Henri Charrière's novel

Given the high-profile projects Steve McQueen turned down – including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The French Connection and Apocalypse Now – it's surprising that his 1973 version of Henri Charrière's autobiographical novel ever got made at all.

Rami Malek on Papillon: 'Surrounding yourself with actors playing inmates all day long is an assault to the senses'

19 Jun 2018

Mr Robot actor and future Freddie Mercury in the upcoming music biopic explains how acting in a new version of Papillon took a heavy toll

Papillon is a gripping adventure story with its tale of resilience, courage and a desperate struggle for survival. Even more shocking is that the book, written by Henri Charrière and first published in 1969, is an autobiography rather than a work of…

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