The Hole


An imprisoned man, awaiting trial for the attempted murder of his wife, is transferred to another cell, where his fellow prisoners are planning a jailbreak. He decides to go along with the elaborate plan, and the cellmates attempt to tunnel their way to freedom. Le Trou represents the last film of director Jacques Becker, who died shortly after its completion.

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  1. Jacques Becker


  2. José Giovanni


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  1. Michel Constantin

    Michel Constantin

    Geo Cassine

  2. JK

    Jean Keraudy

    Roland Darbant

  3. Philippe Leroy

    Philippe Leroy

    Manu Borelli

  4. Raymond Meunier

    Raymond Meunier

    Vossellin / Monseigneur

  5. MM

    Marc Michel

    Claude Gaspard

  6. JC

    Jean-Paul Coquelin

    Le lieutenant Grinval

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Original Title Le Trou

Status Released

Original Language French

Runtime 2h 12m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • May 26, 1964



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

The 1947 Escape Attempt At La Sante Prison.

Le Trou (The Hole) is directed by Jacques Becker and adapted to screenplay by Becker, Jose Giovani and Jean Aurel from Giovani’s own novel. It stars Michel Constantin, Jean Keraudy, Philippe Leroy, Raymond Meunier, Marc Michel and Jean-Paul Coquelin.

Jacques Becker’s last film before he would pass away shortly after the film’s completion, is a tightly wound prison procedural that deals in grim realism and claustrophobic sparsity. There’s no prison movie clichés here, there’s no sadistic prison staff, no Mr. Big who is in with the wardens and de... read the rest.

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