#240: Papillon (1973)

When and how did I watch this?

September 2nd, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Hoffman and McQueen.  I figured it’d be a dirty tough guy movie based on the summary and time frame.  I was ready for it.

What do I know about it now?

I stopped watching short of 45 minutes into the film.  What a waste.  I knew nothing about the shallow characters from the start besides their “deal”, and it appeared the director was more interested in making the scene as gross and desperate as possible rather than trying to tell a story. I felt my intelligence was insulted from the start, and the film intended to sell me this false reality with zero substance when I already told it I’m spending my money elsewhere.

What are some themes in the film?

Death and despair.  I didn’t really garner much more from it.

Did this affect me personally?


Sure.  There’s this scene where a guy is guillotined.  Between cuts (no pun intended) at the pivotal moment, the head was replaced with a rubber one, the sun moved out of the shot, the camera changed angle, and some ketchup fell on some glass atop the camera. I think I burned a few calories laughing at this goofy special effect.

Why is this ranked #240?

Because it has Steve McQueen and because it’s gross.

Did my wife watch/like it?


Would I watch it again?

Hahahahaha.  No.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I would recommend it to an enemy.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Did someone pay someone off to vote this on the list?  It makes no sense to me.

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