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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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Christopher Null

Excellent work from Jacques Becker.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[An] indispensable film.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Ingenious, resourceful and bold prisoners try to escape in this French prison-break movie

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Usando a trama como subterfúgio para uma ácida análise social, Becker transformou este seu último trabalho em um filme tenso, inteligente e fascinante, despedindo-se com uma verdadeira obra-prima.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This was Jacques Becker's last film; he died shortly after the film was released.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
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… More
Eric Broome
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… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
Emily B.
Jacques Becker's final film is a fine prison escape drama. Becker used a cast of mostly non-professionals for the five men planning the perfect prison… More
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More