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

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:… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 26, 1964
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

As long as men have been placed behind bars they've plotted to escape, and those plans have powered prison-break movies without end. But even in that large group, "Le Trou" stands apart.

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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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

This is, indeed, a thriller and a highly effective one...

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

If you ever wind up in a French prison, don't smuggle in a file - just bring a DVD of this movie. It's practically a guide to breaking out.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Beautifully filmed classic about an escape.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Becker details the ambient violence of prison life, the hidden negotiations between captives and captors, and the solidarity of detainees, but his deeply empathetic, fanatically specific view of his protagonists leaves out some elements.

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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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TV Guide

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

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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
Robert Brogan
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… 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
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