Le Trou (The Hole) (The Nightwatch) (1964)

Le Trou (The Hole) (The Nightwatch)


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Movie Info

This prison film focuses on five men and their attempts to escape from impending incarceration. The men must break through a concrete floor into an auxiliary sewer to gain access to the main sewer and freedom. The film contains graphic depictions of prison, unsanitary conditions, and betrayal.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: José Giovanni, Jacques Becker, Jean Aurel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001


as Geo Cassine

as Roland Darbant

as Manu Borelli

as Monseigneur

as Claude Gaspard

as Guard Bouboule

as Guard Grinval
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Critic Reviews for Le Trou (The Hole) (The Nightwatch)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Jacques Becker's 1959 film was the last great flowering of French classicism; the 'tradition of quality' here goes out with a masterpiece.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Classical in its intense simplicity, this is certainly Becker's most perfectly crafted film.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The actors, none of whom are familiar, play their roles with such simple, natural force that they become not only bold adventurers but also deeply appreciable friends.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This outstanding drama was the last film to be directed by Becker, who died shortly after its completion.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[An] indispensable film.

Full Review… | March 21, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Le Trou (The Hole) (The Nightwatch)

The lack of Hollywood-style production values forces the viewer to focus on the men and their plight. They unite over their shared desire to escape. Normally civilization prescribes that a criminal must be punished and serve their sentence. Morally that's justifiable. But these men don't come off as hardened criminals. They're polite, well mannered, and trustworthy. The responsibility of society to punish these men is never an issue. We want them to break out and that's a testament to how seemingly honorable these men are. The camaraderie of these five men illustrates a close friendship in which Manu, Geo, Roland, and "Monsignor"" must befriend and rely on each other, as well as Claude Gaspard, the outsider. There's a searing humanity that plays out in their shared plan. In this way, there's a temperament to the men that's not readily apparent but slow builds over the course of the story. Loyalty is their most prized virtue and their devotion is quietly profound.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

becker's final film and it's fantastic. every bit as good and a great counterpoint to bresson's masterpiece, a man escaped. completely nerve wracking

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Five men propose themselves to start one of the most demanding and yearning tasks for any person in their condition: a flawless prison break.
Jacques Becker's relatively premature swansong is a riveting story of amazing simplicity and precision.
The suspense displayed is unbearably tense and involving.
An overlooked gem embedded by hope and camaraderie, with topnotch direction and performances.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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