Papillon (1973)

Director
Franklin J. Schaffner

Main cast
Steve McQueen; Dustin Hoffman; Victor Jory; Don Gordon; Anthony Zerbe

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.


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