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Le Trou (1960)
"Le trou" (original title)

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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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| (1984 restored)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

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Becker's Swan Song: Too Good To Be Just Another Prison Movie
10 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Jacques Becker's swan song is a real gem of a film. Le Trou has such an amazing kinetic rhythm to it that one both feels and forgets the claustrophobic environs. Based on a real story turned into a novel by one of the "escapees", the film has excellent casting, wonderful (candel-lit!) cinematography and crisp dialog among its other advantages.

The director was terminally ill during the shoot and was to die after making the final cut. Watching this classic now some four decades since auteur's death, one can only wonder what an artist it would take to demand and achieve such breathtaking perfection in art while combating death at the same time.

Do not let yourself be put off by "yet another prison-movie!" talk. It is too good to be just that. So much so that it could merit comparison with Bresson's "A Man Escaped". A very deserving 10 out of 10.


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