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Papillon (1973)

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Classic prison-escape movie has intense peril, violence.

Movie PG 1973 151 minutes
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This is a meticulously made adventure movie that shows off state-of-the-art technology of 1970s moviemaking, a time long before computer-generated special effects. Although the story isn't dated, the less-than-pristine color photography may puzzle some younger viewers. Director Franklin L. Schaffner (the Oscar-winning Patton) tames this shaggy story of unrelenting strife into a highly watchable, episodic saga about the drive for freedom at all cost. Henri Charriere was still alive and watched some of the shoot in Jamaica. (He died before the film was released.)

Older teens who like Papillon may be interested in the 2018 remake and discussing which version they prefer.

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