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Le Trou (1960)

Le trou (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 February 1997 (USA)
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

Credited cast:
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Jo Cassine
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Roland Darban
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Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier ...
Vossellin / Monseigneur
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Claude Gaspard (as Mark Michel)
Jean-Paul Coquelin ...
Le lieutenant Grinval (as J. Paul Coquelin)
André Bervil ...
Le directeur de la prison
Eddy Rasimi ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Bour
Lucien Camiret
Durieu
Jean Minisini
Marcel Rouzé
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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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escape | warden | prison | tunnel | digging | See All (69) »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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| (1984 restored)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
self: [wiping grease off hands] Hello. My friend Jacques Becker recreated a true story in all its detail. My story. It took place in 1947 at the Sante prison.
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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The greatest film about prison life

Le Trou played on TV the other night, and thus gives me a chance to evaluate it after 20 years or so. The direction is magnificent: Becker was a genius at refining the elements of the story down to a bare minimum. Space is used well; the close-ups of men banging on concrete with improvised tools in a cramped space are very effective, they look like burrowing animals. Ghislain Cloquet was a master of black-and-white camerawork; he shot Mouchette and Au hasard, Balthazar for Bresson, Nuit et brouillard for Resnais, Le Feu follet for Malle, all great films made greater by Cloquet's work.

The endless dull routine enlivened by subterfuge--stealing materials needed for digging and making puppets to stand in for sleeping prisoners is brilliantly captured. If the prisoners are bored, so are the staff--the warden is desperate for some conversation with Gaspard, or with anybody. Geo's problem is a little hard to understand, I thought he'd want to go through with the plan. Otherwise I rate it very highly indeed.


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