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Le Trou

Le Trou

A Feature film by Jacques Becker

Produced by Play Art

Release in France : 21/03/1960

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Actors (18)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Play Art

Foreign production company :

Titanus Produzione

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Associate producer :

Filmsonor Marceau

Film exports/foreign sales :

Lumière International

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In 1947, in La Santé Prison in Paris, the inmate Claude Gaspard is transferred to the cell of Geo Cassine, Roland Darbant, Manu Borelli and Vossellin a.k.a. Monseigneur. Gaspard befriends the four cell-mates that sooner disclose to him that they have long sentences and they have plotted an escape plan from the prison. Gaspard joins the quartet, digging a tunnel through the sewage system. One the day that they are ready to go, Gaspard is called to the warden's office and learns that his wife has dropped her accusation against him. He stays for two hours with the warden and when he returns to the cell, his mates have serious suspicions about what he had talked to the warden.

Source : IMDb


Le Trou is a 1960 French film directed by Jacques Becker. It is an adaptation of José Giovanni's 1957 book of the same name. It was called "The Night Watc"h when first released in the United States, but is released under its French title today. The film tells the true story of five prison inmates in La Santé Prison in France in 1947, where the men dig, tunnel, and saw in an attempt to escape.

Director Becker, who died just weeks after shooting on the film had wrapped, used mostly non-actors for the main roles in the film, including one man (Jean Keraudy) who was actually involved in the 1947 escape attempt, and who introduces the film.[1] It was entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.

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Full credits (17)

Assistant Director :

Jean Becker

Dialogue Writers :

José Giovanni, Jacques Becker

Producer :

Serge Silberman

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Calvet

Assistant Operators :

Jean-César Chiabaut, François Lauliac

Production Manager :

Georges Charlot

Assistant Editor :

Geneviève Vaury

Production Designer :

Rino Mondellini

Location Manager :

Paul Laffargue

Adapters/dialogue writers :

José Giovanni, Jean Aurel, Jacques Becker

Author of original work :

José Giovanni

Director of Photography :

Ghislain Cloquet

Sound Assistant :

Maurice Dagonneau

Camera Operator :

Gilbert Chain

Editor :

Marguerite Houllé-Renoir

Music Composer :

Philippe Arthuys

Still Photographer :

Henri Thibault

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Feature film

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Freedom, Justice

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Italy, France

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Majority French (Italy, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 12 min

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Black & White

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1960

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1960)


Official Competition


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1960

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1960)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price