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Jacques Becker's Companies
868 Ratings

Le trou

Directed by Jacques Becker
France, 1960
Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • French
  • English
Jacques Becker's Companies


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.

Our take

Our final group portrait by Becker is tragically his final film—dying after its completion at the age of 53—but also his best known and greatest. A singular prison escape film—based on a true story and made in collaboration with a participant—five inmates must stick together in order to break out.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival


BAFTA Awards

1962 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

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