Jacques Becker

Le trou

Le trou

In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Based on the novel by José Giovanni, Jacques Becker’s Le trou (The Hole) balances lyrical humanism with a tense, unshakable air of imminent danger.

Film Info

  • Jacques Becker
  • France
  • 1960
  • 131 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #129

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • PLUS: Reprinted excerpts from the 1964 U.S. pressbook

New cover by Eva Wah

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Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • PLUS: Reprinted excerpts from the 1964 U.S. pressbook

New cover by Eva Wah

Le trou
Cast
Michel Constantin
Géo
Jean Keraudy
Roland
Philippe Leroy
Manu
Raymond Meunier
Monseigneur
Mark Michel
Gaspard
J. Paul Coquelin
Grinval, a guard
André Bevril
The warden
Eddy Rasimi
Bouboule, a guard
Catherine Spaak
Nicole
Credits
Director
Jacques Becker
Screenplay
Jacques Becker
Screenplay
José Giovanni
Screenplay
Jean Aurel
From the novel by
José Giovanni
Cinematography
Ghislain Cloquet
Sets
Rino Mondellini
Editing
Marguerite Renoir
Editing
Geneviève Vaury

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