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Release Date:
14 February 1997 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Michel Constantin ... Jo Cassine

Jean Keraudy ... Roland Darban
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 de la prison
Eddy Rasimi ... Bouboule
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Bour
Lucien Camiret
Jean Minisini
Marcel Rouzé
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
Goffredo Lombardo .... co-producer (uncredited)
Georges Lourau .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Philippe Arthuys 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet 
Film Editing by
Marguerite Renoir 
Geneviève Vaury 
Production Design by
Rino Mondellini 
Production Management
Georges Charlot .... production manager
Paul Laffargue .... unit 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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Also Known As:
"Le trou" - France (original title)
"Le Trou" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
"The Night Watch" - USA (alternative title)
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132 min | West Germany:121 min (1984 restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »
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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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely stunning movie, 7 June 2002
Author: arminio from Croatia

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!


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