Distrust and uncertainty arise when four long-term inmates cautiously induct a new prisoner into their elaborate prison-break scheme.

Director:

Jacques Becker

Writers:

José Giovanni (novel), Jacques Becker (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Michel Constantin ... Geo Cassine
Jean Keraudy ... Roland Darban
Philippe Leroy ... Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... Vossellin / Monseigneur
Marc Michel ... Claude Gaspard (as Mark Michel)
Jean-Paul Coquelin Jean-Paul Coquelin ... Le lieutenant Grinval (as J. Paul Coquelin)
André Bervil André Bervil ... Le directeur de la prison
Eddy Rasimi Eddy Rasimi ... Bouboule
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Storyline

Just as four 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 four all face certain conviction and long sentences. Does the young new jail-mate have the same incentive and if so, can they trust him? Written by David Stevens

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #129. See more »

Goofs

When Geo checks the corridor with the mirror and takes a break to say goodbye to his cellmates, he leaves the mirror in the hole. However, when he goes back to checking the corridor he has to stick the mirror back into the hole first. See more »

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[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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Featured in My Father Saved My Life (2001) See more »

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Jacques Becker's Lasting Opus
20 October 2000 | by harry-76See 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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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Trou See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,756, 2 July 2017

Gross USA:

$34,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,588
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmsonor, Play Art See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1984 restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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