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Le Trou (1960)
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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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Geo Cassine
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Roland Darbant
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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
Eddy Rasimi ...
Bouboule
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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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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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Director Jacques Becker used mainly non-actors for purposes of authenticity. In fact, one of his choices was actually involved in the 1947 escape. See more »

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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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Thrilling and realistic prison escape film
6 January 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

The thing that surprises me the most about "Le Trou" is how minimalist it is. Unlike most other prison dramas (such as the overrated "Shawshank Redemption"), this isn't weighed down by pointless subplots or needless histrionics. This simply presents a group of characters, their plan to escape from prison, and the execution (and aftermath) of the plan. Best of all, it proves you don't need all that needless filler to make a thrilling story like this. The movie isn't about anything but the break, and manages to be completely engrossing for an entire two hours plus running time. This is a raw, gritty, and entirely realistic depiction of a stock story thats been done to death. Nearly fifty years later, its still the best prison break film ever made.

What elevates this is the sheer virtuosity in the craft of the film. This was the legendary French director Jacques Becker's last film, and while he didn't plan for it to be his swan song, there couldn't be a more fitting one imaginable. All his themes and techniques from his previous work are fully in bloom here. Becker truly created a masterpiece. The performances are very good for the material they're given and have more depth and nuance than initially appearing. The film is all about simplicity and character interaction, which is exactly what makes it a masterpiece. (9/10)


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