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Basics Viewers:82Rusty:76
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Mystery, Thriller, Prison film, Crime Fiction, DramaRuntime: 131 - 132 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: FrenchCountry: France, ItalyDirector: Jacques BeckerScreenwriter: José Giovanni, Jacques Becker, Jean AurelCinematography: Ghislain CloquetStars: Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy, Catherine Spaak, Jean Keraudy, André Bervil, Dominique Zardi, Durieu, Gérard Hernandez, Jean Becker, Jean Luisi Producer: Serge SilbermanStudio: TitanusAward details: (details at IMDb)

The Hole is a 1960 French film directed by Jacques Becker. It is an adaptation of José Giovanni's 1957 book of the same name. It was called The Night Watch when first released in the United States, but is released under its French title today. The film is based on a true event concerning five prison inmates in La Santé Prison in France in 1947. Director Becker, who died just weeks after shooting on the film had wrapped, used mostly non-actors for the main roles in the film, including one man who was actually involved in the 1947 escape attempt, and who introduces the film. It was entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.

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