• 1973
  • R
  • 151 min
  • France, USA
  • crime, drama

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Writers: Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Anthony Zerbe


  • Franklin J. Schaffner
    Franklin J. Schaffner
    Born in Tokyo, Japan, Franklin J. Schaffner was an American film and television director, best known for the directing the feature films Planet of the Apes, Patton, Nicholas and Alexandra, Papillon, and The Boys from Brazil.

Main Cast


Tagline: The greatest adventure of escape!

Motion Picture Rating: R

Genres: crime, drama

Keywords: prison, escape from prison, devil's island

Categories: cayenne french guiana, prison escape, penal colony, tropics, forced labor, bounty hunter, wasted life, tropical island


Producer: Robert Dorfmann, Franklin J. Schaffner

Editor: Robert Swink

Casting: Jack Baur

Director of photography: Fred J. Koenekamp

Original music composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Costume design: Anthony Powell

Executive producer: Ted Richmond

Production design: Anthony Masters

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 151 min

Country: France, USA

Language: English, Spanish

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)