Le Trou (The Hole) (The Nightwatch)
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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jacques Becker's 1959 film was the last great flowering of French classicism; the 'tradition of quality' here goes out with a masterpiece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This outstanding drama was the last film to be directed by Becker, who died shortly after its completion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Excellent work from Jacques Becker."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Classical in its intense simplicity, this is certainly Becker's most perfectly crafted film."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"[An] indispensable film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ingenious, resourceful and bold prisoners try to escape in this French prison-break movie"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This was Jacques Becker's last film; he died shortly after the film was released."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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