The Hole (1960)
"Le trou" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.



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Credited cast:
Jo Cassine
Roland Darban
Philippe Leroy ...
Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier ...
Vossellin / Monseigneur
Marc Michel ...
Claude Gaspard (as Mark Michel)
Jean-Paul Coquelin ...
Le lieutenant Grinval (as J. Paul Coquelin)
André Bervil ...
Le directeur de la prison
Eddy Rasimi ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Bour
Lucien Camiret
Jean Minisini
Marcel Rouzé


Just as 4 cell-mates are about to launch their elaborate escape from a tiny cell, a detainee from a cell-block under repair is transferred in. The 4 all face certain conviction & long sentences. Does the young new jail-mate have the same incentive & if so can they trust him ? Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le Trou  »

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| (1984 restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was completed according to the director's wishes after his death, but producer Serge Silberman had it reduced from the initial 140-minute version by about 24 minutes to enhance its commercial possibilities. The missing footage remains lost. See more »


In the sewer when Roland Darban is sketching the prison plan, the dirt on the ground is totally flattened while it was a passageway and there should have been some footprints. See more »

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Sweat-inducing suspense classic
27 May 1999 | by (Louisville, KY USA) – See all my reviews

Jacques Becker's "Le Trou" is one of the greatest of all prison-break films. No film lover should miss it. It is every bit as masterful and tense as other milestones of this subgenre, including John Sturges' "The Great Escape," Robert Bresson's masterpiece "A Man Escaped," and Don Siegel's "Escape from Alcatraz." The meticulous preparation for the escape is a nail-biter, with many adrenaline-inducing close calls. The ringer: Will the newly exonerated prisoner stay with the group and escape or rat on the others? Those seeking pure entertainment or those seeking existentialist philosophical fare will be equally pleased. A memorable movie experience.

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