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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 »
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Thrilling and realistic prison escape film See more (33 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)
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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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Director Jacques Becker died two weeks after completing the film.See more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Thrilling and realistic prison escape film, 6 January 2008
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

The thing that surprises me the most about "Le Trou" is how minimalist it is. Unlike most other prison dramas (such as the overrated "Shawshank Redemption"), this isn't weighed down by pointless subplots or needless histrionics. This simply presents a group of characters, their plan to escape from prison, and the execution (and aftermath) of the plan. Best of all, it proves you don't need all that needless filler to make a thrilling story like this. The movie isn't about anything but the break, and manages to be completely engrossing for an entire two hours plus running time. This is a raw, gritty, and entirely realistic depiction of a stock story thats been done to death. Nearly fifty years later, its still the best prison break film ever made.

What elevates this is the sheer virtuosity in the craft of the film. This was the legendary French director Jacques Becker's last film, and while he didn't plan for it to be his swan song, there couldn't be a more fitting one imaginable. All his themes and techniques from his previous work are fully in bloom here. Becker truly created a masterpiece. The performances are very good for the material they're given and have more depth and nuance than initially appearing. The film is all about simplicity and character interaction, which is exactly what makes it a masterpiece. (9/10)

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