The Hole (Le Trou)

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Tense drama about five inmates who plan to escape from jail while the prison is being repaired. Philippe Leroy, Marc Michel. Geo: Michel Constantin. Roland: Jean Keraudy. Governor: Andre Bervil. Monseigneur: Raymond Meunier. Grinval: Jean-Paul Coquelin. Directed by Jacques Becker.

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Philippe Leroy
as Manu Borelli
Marc Michel
as Claude Gaspard
Michel Constantin
as Geo Cassine
Jean Keraudy
as Roland Darbant
Raymond Meunier
as Monseigneur
Eddy Rasimi
as Guard Bouboule
Jean Paul Coquelin
as Guard Grinval
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Critic Reviews for The Hole (Le Trou)

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Audience Reviews for The Hole (Le Trou)

  • Oct 03, 2015
    Le Trou is a quietly tense film and, like all great prison escape or heist movies, has you rooting for the cons to pull it off and make it out. The realness of characters creates an involving dynamic which draws you in and hits you with a knockout conclusion. Le Trou is unexpectedly distinct from other films in the prison genre and worth a view.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2011
    Prison-break stories are somewhat hackneyed now, but not at the time of this gripping 1960 drama. Five cellmates (all unproven actors, including someone who was involved in the real-life scheme that inspired the script) meticulously dig a way out of their claustrophobic cell. The plan is detailed enough to include trivia such as constructing a tiny hourglass and "periscope" out of everyday items. The film has no musical score except in the closing credits, and director Jacques Becker's avoidance of such cinematic distractions puts the viewer right in the cell as a sixth prisoner. Elements of the plan seem a little too easy (why didn't anyone hear all that noisy, late-night hacking through cement?) but "Le Trou" is a suspenseful, entertaining ride that will captivate mainstream audiences as well as foreign-film buffs. Sadly, Becker died just weeks before the film's release.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2011
    -3 times more engrossing than <i>Stalag 17</i> (1953). -1.5 times more detailed and ellaborate than <i>The Great Escape</i> (1963). -5 times more suspenseful than <i>Escape from Alcatraz</i> (1979). -20 times more fascinating than <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i> (1994). Becker's farewell is a fascinating thrill ride full of emotions and unexpected twists (or at least they would be unexpected if people hadn't seen many similar films before this one). This is an absolute must, and one of the finest in the "prison escape" genre. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2009
    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 H Super Reviewer

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