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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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Cast overview:
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Geo Cassine
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Roland Darbant
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
Eddy Rasimi ...
Bouboule
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le Trou  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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Jean-Pierre Melville regarded this as one of the greatest French films ever made. 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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Absolutely stunning movie
7 June 2002 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

I watched this masterpiece first time before 10 years and I was stunned. Now, I watched it before few days again and I am really surprised how this remarkable movie functions and become better and better. It is really ingenious portrait of human interaction and cooperation, great "prison-escape" drama that bring us unique way of telling story (in long shots) looking so realistic and powerful.

One of the best movies I've ever seen!

10/10


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