Original First release Australian Daybill movie poster Papillon
Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. The film stars Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière ("Papillon"), Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega and Bill Mumy as Lariot.Due to being filmed at remote locations, the film was quite expensive for the time ($12 million), but it readily earned more than twice that in the first year of public distribution.The film's title is French for "Butterfly," referring to Charrière's tattoo and nickname.In 1974, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Jerry Goldsmith) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor, Drama (Steve McQueen). Steve McQueen’s famous cliff-jumping scene near the end of the film took place from the cliffs in Maui, Hawaii. McQueen insisted on performing the cliff-jumping stunt himself. Papillon was not only a commercial success but a critical one as well. Excellent poster art by Tom Jung.