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Le Trou (1960)

Thriller | 132 minutes
3,95 316 votes

Genre: Thriller / Drama

Duration: 132 minuten

Alternative titles: The Hole / The Night Watch

Country: France / Italy

Directed by: Jacques Becker

Stars: Marc Michel, Jean Keraudy and Philippe Leroy

IMDb score: 8,5 (20.565)

Releasedate: 18 March 1960


This movie is not available on US streaming services.


Le Trou plot

1947. A young man, Gaspard, is charged with the attempted murder of his wife, although he is innocent. He is placed in the infamous Santé prison between four hardened criminals. The four have decided to escape by digging a tunnel. They confide in Gaspard and work hard on their escape.

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Roland Darban

Manu Borelli

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Claude Gaspard

Le lieutenant Grinval

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avatar van Movsin


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Of course the prisoners in the ground are "good guys" and these here are also very polite and even courteous.

In any case, I prefer this sober black-and-white film with its many scenes shot in almost real time than the super spectacular similar American products. Great acting performance. Marc Michel walks as Henry Fonda in "The Wrong Man". Surprising lock.

Becker's last film that at times reminded me of Bresson's "Un Condamné à mort s'est échappé".

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Fisico (moderator films)

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Handsome French classic that I was finally able to watch on AppleTV+. Although in French and without subtitles, I think I have understood most of it. A prison movie with the aim of escaping. It is the central theme of the film, because prison life itself is rarely shown. Everything is put into preparation and exploration. Some scenes are just made exciting by their dullness when they start tapping or filing. The lack of music and the duration of the scene gave an oppressive effect.

Great ending that I didn't see coming. Hard and raw at the same time when they realize that it was all in vain. Excellently portrayed with that stylish black and white. In that respect, it also reminded me of Un Condamné à Mort S'est Échappé ou Le Vent Souffle Où Il Veut (Film, 1956) .

Le trou is a film that takes its time and that is why it is so strong. It takes the viewer along after the experiences of the prisoners on their way to freedom. strong!

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avatar van scorsese


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Excellent film about five prisoners in one cell trying to escape. This has got to be pretty much the most realistic prison/escape movie. For example, no music is used and the entire escape attempt is shown here in great detail. The exciting and unexpected ending makes the film even better.

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