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Director:
Writers:
José Giovanni (novel)
Jacques Becker (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
14 February 1997 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The greatest film about prison life See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michel Constantin ... Geo Cassine

Jean Keraudy ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Becker ... Un gardien (uncredited)
Philippe Dumat ... (uncredited)
Gérard Hernandez ... Le détenu à l'infirmerie (uncredited)
Jean Luisi ... (uncredited)
Paul Pavel ... (uncredited)
Paul Préboist ... Un gardien (uncredited)
Catherine Spaak ... Nicole (uncredited)
Dominique Zardi ... Le détenu qui assiste le gardien à la fouille (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Becker 
 
Writing credits
José Giovanni (novel)

Jacques Becker (adaptation) and
José Giovanni (adaptation) and
Jean Aurel (adaptation)

Jacques Becker (dialogue) and
José Giovanni (dialogue)

Produced by
Georges Charlot .... executive producer
Jean Mottet .... executive producer
Serge Silberman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Arthuys 
 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet 
 
Film Editing by
Marguerite Renoir 
Geneviève Vaury 
 
Production Design by
Rino Mondellini 
 
Production Management
Paul Laffargue .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Becker .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Moreau .... assistant decorator
Jean Taillandier .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Jean Bareille .... sound assistant
Pierre-Louis Calvet .... sound engineer (as Pierre Calvet)
Maurice Dagonneau .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilbert Chain .... assistant camera
Jean Chiabaut .... assistant camera
François Lauliac .... assistant camera
Henry Thibault .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Sophie Cloquet .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Dudilleux .... administrator
Odette Laeupplée .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le trou" - France (original title)
"The Hole" - International (English title) (literal English title)
"The Night Watch" - USA
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Runtime:
132 min | West Germany:121 min (1984 restored version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
Shot over a period of 10 weeks.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The greatest film about prison life, 2 September 2002

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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