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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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Jo Cassine
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Roland Darban
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Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier ...
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

La Sante prison was replicated right down to the smallest details, thanks to the help of the three actual members of the escape whom Jacques Becker hired to serve as production consultants. 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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Jacques Becker's Lasting Opus
20 October 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Before his life was cut short prematurely, Director Jacques Becker created his very personal film, "Le Trou" ("The Hole"). Using mostly then nonprofessional actors, M. Becker elicited extremely naturalistic and powerful performances in a reportedly true-life prison-escape drama set in France.

It was especially interesting to see Marc Michel in his film debut. Made four years before Michel scored a hit as Roland in "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg," Michel here subtely creates a fascinating character. His work is seemingly effortless, yet always intriguing. He stands at the center of a group of convicts planning a daring escape--a group which has difficulty in fully trusting his loyalty.

The routine of prison life as well as the actual escape is done with such detail that the viewer feels part of the action. The black-and-white photography enhances the realism of the presentation, done without a musical background.

Generally a "forgotten film," "Le Trou" is a carefully constructed prison drama, most convincingly executed. It is a credit to both a hard working cast and director.


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