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Le Trou (1960)

Le trou (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 February 1997 (USA)
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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

Cast overview:
... Geo Cassine
... Roland Darban
... Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier ... Vossellin / Monseigneur
... 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
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,134, 7 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,187, 14 September 2017
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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There is no musical score except under the end credits. See more »

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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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[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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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.28 (1961) 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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