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Hot Take: Papillon | Movie Hot Take
Hot Take: Having never seen the original and with nothing to compare it to, Papillon was powerful and compelling and, considering most of the negative reviews blame comparisons to the (in their opinion) more superior 1973 version, it makes sense I don't have the same complaints. The original version of Papillon has been on my list of films to see since when it was the only version of Papillon. Both versions are based on the autobiography by Henri Charriere, known as Papillon due to the butterfly tattoo on his chest. Both stories detail the brutal tale which starts with the Henri's claim he was framed for murder and sent to life in prison at a penal colony in French Guiana and follows Papillon's numerous attempts to escape imprisonment. The original features Steve McQueen as French safecracker Papillon and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega, the rich forger Papillon vows to protect in exchange for financial backing of his escape attempts with whom he forms a friendship over the course of