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Le Trou

Theatrical poster, Leroy (left) and Keraudy
Directed by Jacques Becker
Produced by Serge Silberman
Written by José Giovanni (novel)
Starring Michel Constantin
Jean Keraudy
Philippe Leroy
Distributed by Titanus
Release date(s) March 18, 1960 (1960-03-18)France March 18, 1960
United States May 26, 1964
Running time 132 minutes
Language French

The Hole (French: Le Trou) is a 1960 film directed by Jacques Becker. It is a film adaptation of José Giovanni's 1957 book of the same name. It was called The Night Watch 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 to attempt an escape. Director Becker, who died months after shooting of the film was completed, used mostly non-actors for the main roles in the film including one man (Jean Keraudy) who was actually involved in the 1947 escape, and who introduces the film.[1]

It was entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Cast

  • Michel Constantin - Geo Cassine
  • Jean Keraudy - Roland Darbant
  • Philippe Leroy - Manu Borelli
  • Raymond Meunier - Vossellin / Monseigneur
  • Marc Michel - Claude Gaspard (as Mark Michel)
  • Jean-Paul Coquelin - Le lieutenant Grinval (as J. Paul Coquelin)
  • André Bervil - Le directeur
  • Eddy Rasimi - Bouboule

References

  1. ^ Darragh O’Donoghue "Le Trou", sense of cinema website.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Hole". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/3310/year/1960.html. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 

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