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October 27, 2015

A Collection of 45 Fascinating Photos From "Papillon" Movie (1973)

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's title is French for "Butterfly," referring to Charrière's tattoo and nickname.

Henri Charrière, played memorably by Steve McQueen, is a safecracker framed for the murder of a pimp and sent to French Guiana, the prison system in South and Central America. Along the way, Papillon meets counterfeiter Louis Dega played to perfection by Dustin Hoffman. The two men struggle to survive amidst the horrible conditions in the prisons. However, the only thing that keeps Papillon alive is the thought of escape and freedom.

Check out these 45 fascinating vintage photographs from the film.

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