In light of the remake of “Papillon,” a few quick thoughts about the original. I caught it when it was first released, in Lakeland, with my dad. I was 12. I recall that it:
A) Was a gripping, “manly” adventure yarn.
B) Featured sturdy performances by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
C) Was REALLY long (at 2 1/2 hours).
D) Featured nudity, in a scene with the female “natives”; was the first time I remember seeing nudity at the movies.
E) Was a kind of “hard” PG, before the PG-13 rating came along.
Just looked up some info about the original film — had forgotten that the screenplay was by Dalton Trumbo.