Five Takeaways (Memory Edition): “Papillon (1973)

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.

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