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Papillon (1973)

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Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Release Date December 16, 1973
Language English
Studio Les Films Corona

General Production Company

Distributor Allied Artists (USA)

Columbia Pictures (International)

Main Cast
Character Actor
Henri Charrière Steve McQueen
Louis Dega Dustin Hoffman
Indian chief Victor Jory
Julot Don Gordon
Toussaint Anthony Zerbe
Warden Barrot William Smithers
Antonio Gregory Sierra

Papillon is a 1973 feature film adaptation of the autobiographical novel written by Henri Charrière. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, the film stars Steve McQueen as Charrière, nicknamed Papillon, a safecracker who is sentenced to a French penal colony for a murder he says he didn't commit and befriends Dega (Dustin Hoffman), a counterfeiter who agrees to pay if the two can find a way to escape the colony. The film would later be remade as a 2018 feature starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek.

The following weapons were used in the film Papillon:


Colt Official Police

What appears to be a Colt Official Police revolver is pulled by the South American Police on the beach when confronting Papillon and Dega.

Colt Official Police with 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Pap 16.jpg

Submachine Guns

Erma EMP

The Gendarmes are armed with Spanish copies of the Erma EMP submachine gun when escorting the prisoners through the streets at the start of the movie. This is accurate; the French Gendarmerie acquired several thousand Spanish EMP submachine guns after the Spanish Civil War.

Spanish EMP - 9x23mm
The Gendarmes are armed with Spanish EMP submachine guns when escorting the prisoners.


Berthier Mle. 1907/15

Berthier Mle 1907-15s are used by French Soldiers and Penal Colony guards as well as Papillon (Steve McQueen), Dega (Dustin Hoffman), Maturette (Robert Deman) and Breton (John Quade). During the First World War Berthier rifles were chosen for colonial troops, instead of the Lebel 1886 (rifles erroneously credited before on this page), so the film is historically correct as it is set in 1930.

Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907/15 - 8x50mmR
French army escort the prisoners.
A guard chambers his rifle.
Papillon (Steve McQueen) holds the rifle.
A production image of Maturette (Robert Deman) holding a Berthier Model 1907-15 as Dega (Dustin Hoffman) looks on.
Maturette readies his rifle. For some reason Maturette loads the rifle and ejects a round already chambered.

Winchester Model 1892

The colonists have Winchester Model 1892 rifles.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.

Mauser vz. 24

The South American Police use what appears to be vz. 24 Czech Mauser rifles.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two police officers starts pursuing Papillon. Unfortunately, the rifle is blurred due to the fast motion, but the straight-bolt handle, grasping groove, tangent-leaf sight, and under-mounted sling swivels are visible.


12 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Masked Breton (John Quade), the man with the tattooed face, is armed with a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun when he confronts the escapees.

Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Masked Breton (John Quade), the man with the tattooed face, is armed with a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun when he confronts the escapees.
Masked Breton with the shotgun.

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