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The Hole (The Night Watch)

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Original title
Le trouaka
  • The Night Watch
Running time
113 min.
France France
Jose Giovanni, Jacques Becker, Jean Aurel (Novel: Jose Giovanni)
Philippe Arthuys
Ghislain Cloquet (B&W)
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Co-production France-Italy; Filmsonor / Play Art / Titanus
Drama | Prison Drama. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Year 1947. In France, a young man, Gaspard Claude, is convicted for the attempted murder of his wife, although he is innocent of the crime. He is sent to the notorious Santé Prison in Paris and is placed in a cell with four hardened criminals. The latter have decided to escape from the prison by digging their way out of their cell. Reluctantly, they take Gaspard into their confidence and labour intensely to effect their escape. Then, just when escape appears certain, Gaspard is called away to see the prison governor...
1960: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or/Golden Palm (Best Film)
1961: BAFTA Awards: 2 Nominations including Best Film
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