Joblo Review: Papillon


PAPILLON is a remake of Franklin J. Schaffner’s classic 1973 Steve McQueen vehicle, which saw the king of cool cast as real-life French thief Henri Charriere, who’s sent to a penal colony in French Guyana, where he befriends a rich, white-collar criminal (originally played by Dustin Hoffman), who’s hidden money in his intestines and offers to bankroll his escape attempts for protection. With writer Dalton Trumbo back in vogue after his biopic, and McQueen never out of style, it makes sense that someone would come along to remake it, but like other McQueen remakes, it’s a dangerous thing to try as no one’s ever quite been able to match his presence.

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