About

Four prison inmates have been hatching a plan to literally dig out of jail when another prisoner, Claude Gaspard, is moved into their cell. They take a risk and share their plan with the newcomer. Over the course of three days, the prisoners and friends break through the concrete floor using a bed post and begin to make their way through the sewer system -- yet their escape is anything but assured...

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Directed by

Jacques Becker

Written by

Jacques Becker (Adaptation)
José Giovanni (Novel)
Jean Aurel (Adaptation)

Runtime

132 minutes

Country

Italy, France

Language

French

Tagline

The greatest film about prison life

Cast

Keywords

prison escape neo-noir toothbrush tunnel urination warden hourglass digging manhole

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