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Le Trou

Le Trou

A Feature film by Jacques Becker

Produced by Play Art

Release in France : 21/03/1960


    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.

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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

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    International releases (3)

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    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

    Adaptation :

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Freedom, Justice

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Nationality :

    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 (2)

    HIIFF - 2020

    HIIFF (China, 2020)


    Cinema Regained

    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