- Dustin Hoffman had to wear contact lens so that he could see correctly through the thick glasses he had to wear.
- Billed as a true story, however the French in French Guiana unanimously agree that much of the story of Henri Charriere (Papillon) is fabricated. Papillon was documented to have been incarcerated in Saint Laurent and may have escaped from there, but never served on the Devil's Islands (now known as Iles du Salut or Salvation Islands). The book and movie both present Devil's Island as having rocky cliffs. In fact, the entire island is rocky, but gently slopes into the surrounding sea.
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