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Papillon is a 1973 film based on a novel by French ex-convict Henri Charrière. The film was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starred Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière ("Papillon") and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega. Papillon was filmed at various locations in Spain and Jamaica, with the cave scenes filmed beneath what is now the Xtabi hotel on the cliffs of Negril. While the penal colony scenes for Papillon were filmed in Falmouth, and the swamp scenes were shot near Ferris Cross, Steve McQueens famous cliff jumping scene, near the end of the movie, took place on the Xtabi cliffs. McQueen insisted on performing the cliff jumping stunt himself, and later referred to it as one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. Due to the exotic locations, the film was considered as very expensive at the time of shooting ($12M), but earned more than double that in its first year of release.

Guinea, 1991, Steve McQueen in Papillon


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