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12-17-2014, 02:56 PM
Any of you like this film and/or book?


12-17-2014, 03:02 PM
One of my all time favorite films. Liked the book, too, but a lot of Charriere's story and claims have been challenged.

12-17-2014, 03:07 PM
Saw it in the theaters, excellent on a big screen.

Flying Orca
12-17-2014, 03:35 PM
Never saw the film, but I really liked the book when I was 11 or 12.

12-17-2014, 06:57 PM
I knew a man who was reputed to have escaped from Devils Island.....an oriental, a very gentle man......lived in Nassau Bahamas, married a Bahamian lady and enjoyed a very happy life thereafter.

12-17-2014, 07:14 PM

12-17-2014, 08:32 PM
I've read the book and the sequel, never saw the film. Loved the books, though.

Flying Orca
12-17-2014, 10:05 PM
Dustin Hoffman? Wouldn't he have been, like, 12 or something?

(Oh, never mind, I didn't realize the film wasn't until 1973.)

12-17-2014, 10:07 PM
Hoffman was in his 20s, perhaps even 30s when that was made.

12-17-2014, 10:12 PM
The film was excellent!

12-17-2014, 11:23 PM
Saw the movie and read the book and the book from which the book was hijacked. (He escaped to Los Angles, Ca. USA in that book.)

Also worked with a fellow who's father was a policeman down there but not in that prison. Told me that if an escape turned up in town they would send them back as long as they didn't cause trouble. They didn't think much of the French Penal system Said that if they made it through that jungle they deserved a break. Told me sometimes they'd go in and find bodies.

12-17-2014, 11:37 PM
Liked both. Like others, I was just old enough to see it in the theatre. It was the first "adult" movie I went to.


Jim Mahan
12-18-2014, 12:30 AM
That was when having a big butterfly tatooed across your chest meant something.

How about Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man?

Or McQueen in Nevada Smith?

Flying Orca
12-18-2014, 10:36 AM
Mid-30's, and he was excellent in the movie.

Yeah, I figured that out when I checked the date of the film. The book takes place much earlier, and I didn't pay attention to things like publication dates when I was 11 or 12, so I mentally dated the book and film earlier than they actually were.

I was also surprised to find that Hoffman was born in 1937, making him around thirty when he appeared in The Graduate.

12-18-2014, 02:37 PM
I liked the book much more than the movie .