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The 21 Carat Snatch (1971)

Popsy Pop (original title)
PG | | Crime, Drama | March 1974 (USA)
Popsy double-crosses her older partner Silva. Silva has arranged to divert diamonds from a large corporate-run diamond mine in the South American jungle, and Popsy does her "pop" wrong as they are both pursued by police.


Jean Herman


Henri Charrière (original story), Henri Charrière (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Cardinale ... Popsy Pop
Stanley Baker ... Inspector Silva
Henri Charrière ... Marcou
Georges Aminel Georges Aminel ... Papa Legba
Joachim Hansen ... Freddy
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza ... Tormenta
Roberto Garcia Roberto Garcia
Marco Chacin Marco Chacin
Mayra Chardiet Mayra Chardiet ... Blond Woman Off Boat
Mireilla Delgado Mireilla Delgado
Alfredo Joss Alfredo Joss
Mario Brito 'Lotario' Mario Brito 'Lotario' ... Guard with Rifle (as Lotario)
Boris Chacon Boris Chacon
Carlos Guerrero Carlos Guerrero
Cesar Ascanio Cesar Ascanio ... El Chino


Popsy double-crosses her older partner Silva. Silva has arranged to divert diamonds from a large corporate-run diamond mine in the South American jungle, and Popsy does her "pop" wrong as they are both pursued by police.

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She'd do anything to help them with the heist... and then everything to keep the haul for her own little beautiful self! See more »


Crime | Drama


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France | Italy | Venezuela



Release Date:

March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Butterfly Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Caracas, Venezuela See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Popsy Pop: My name's Popsy Pop.
Inspector Silva: Popsy Pop? Welcome to Vista Alegre. I'm Inspector Silva. The city's yours.
Popsy Pop: Is the city yours to give?
Inspector Silva: Yes. Some people may tell you I'm just a policeman. But really I'm the Prince of this place.
Popsy Pop: The Prince? Who's the King?
Inspector Silva: Here? The diamond.
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Alternate Versions

The EastWest DVD budget double feature version of Popsy Pop (paired with The Cop in Blue Jeans (1976)) uses the Paragon Video Productions print of the film (title is The Butterfly Affair). The DVD case lists the running time of The Butterfly Affair as 100 minutes but the actual running time is Paragon's 76 minutes. See more »

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See the real Papillon
27 October 2003 | by ChristerThorSee all my reviews

The fact that Henri Charriere wrote this script and acted in the film is the only reason it hasn't slipped into oblivion long ago. For anyone who has read his autobiographies, "Papillon" and "Banco", seeing Henri Charriere in the flesh is the main reason to seek this movie out. The very fact that he went from escaping Devil's Island and then reinventing his life through some death-defying adventures, all the way up to a film-actor, is a feat to be admired.

But this film is really shaky in almost every way. The story was written probably from his own experiences, dealing with diamond thieves in the South American jungles. It's really pretty standard fare, storywise, dealing basically with the theme of honor amongst thieves.

Papillon/Charriere is one of several burglars who stage a daring theft from the steaming jungles, only to experience betrayal from one of their own. They pursue their betrayers and are themselves pursued. But the film maintains an unexpectedly slow pace for this type of movie, despite being basically a "chase story". You almost get the feeling that all of the actors are waiting nervously for Charriere to do something throughout the film, but he spends a lot of time sitting and thinking and smoking before answering questions, in a heavily-accented English.

Charriere seems to have gotten a bit too comfortable by the time he made this film, looking a bit too portly to be taken seriously as a swashbuckling, fist-fighting burglar. The film also contains the typical countercultural themes of the time involving fear of aging, which was perhaps a bit of a marketing ploy to the audiences of the time. It seems a bit out of place in the overall story.

Read Henri Charriere's two autobiographies first, then perhaps watch the Steve McQueen film-version of the first book, which was released only a few months before Charriere died . Only then will you maybe acquire the curiosity to see the man behind the amazing books. Otherwise you may fall asleep before the film is over.

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