I Escaped from Devil's Island

I Escaped from Devil's Island

Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Witney
Produced by Gene Corman
Written by Richard DeLong Adams
Starring Jim Brown
Christopher George
Richard Ely
Music by Les Baxter
Cinematography Rosalío Solano
Edited by Barbara Pokras
Tom Walls
The Corman Company
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 1973 (1973-09) (U.S.)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I Escaped from Devil's Island is a 1973 exploitation film about an escape attempt from Devil's Island.[1] Roger Corman and Gene Corman produced this grim adventure saga which bears more than a passing resemblance to Papillon.[2]

Plot summary

Prison life on Devil's Island is no picnic so fellow prisoners Le Bras (Jim Brown) and Davert (Christopher George) go AWOL. Along their escape route, they encounter submissive native women and a colony of lepers.[3]



Jim Brown was signed to make the film in December 1972.[4]

Martin Scorsese says that Roger Corman offered him the chance to direct the film following Boxcar Bertha. "The idea was if you shoot it fast enough, you could release the film before Papillon," he said. "I was still very keen on genre films." However Scorcese decided to make Mean Streets instead.[5]

Filming started in April 1973 in Acapulco.[6] The producers of the similar film Papillon (1973) sued for copyright infringement but were unsuccessful.[1]

Video Release

Shout Factory is releasing I Escaped from Devil's Island on DVD and Blu-ray on July 15, 2014.

See also


  1. 1 2 Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 58
  2. http://www.allmovie.com/movie/i-escaped-from-devils-island-v96019
  3. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/17169/I-Escaped-From-Devil-s-Island/
  4. Marginalia: Peak For Exhibitions New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 12 Dec 1972: 62
  5. Scorcese on Scorcese Ed Ian Christie, David Thomson, 2003 p 39
  6. MOVIE CALL SHEET: Robert Ryan Set in 'Outfit' Murphy, Mary. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Mar 1973: b9

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