Release dateSeptember 1973 (1973-09) (U.S.) CastJim Brown (Le Bras), Christopher George (Davert), Richard Ely (Jo-Jo), James Luisi (Dazzas), Paul Richards (Maj. Marteau), Richard Rust (Sgt. Zamorra) Similar moviesFive Loose Women, Turkey Shoot, Knock Knock, Django Unchained, All Ladies Do It, Chasers
TaglineHe's the devil they named the island for!
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I Escaped from Devil's Island is a 1973 exploitation film about an escape attempt from Devil's Island. Roger Corman and Gene Corman produced this grim adventure saga which bears more than a passing resemblance to Papillon.
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.
Jim Brown as Le Bras
Christopher George as Davert (as Chris George)
Richard Ely as Jo-Jo (as Rick Ely)
James Luisi as Dazzas
Paul Richards as Maj. Marteau
Richard Rust as Sgt. Zamorra
Bob Harris as The Barber (as Roland 'Bob' Harris)
Jan Merlin as Rosenquist
Robert Phillips as Blassier
Stephen Whittaker as Leper Count
Eduardo Rosas López as Sergeant Brescano
Jonathan Dodge as Lieutenant Duplis
Quintín Bulnes as Sgt. Grizzoni
Gabriella Rios as Indian Girl
Ana De Sade as Bedalia
Jim Brown was signed to make the film in December 1972.
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.
Filming started in April 1973 in Acapulco. The producers of the similar film Papillon (1973) sued for copyright infringement but were unsuccessful.
Shout Factory is releasing I Escaped from Devil's Island on DVD and Blu-ray on July 15, 2014.