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The Hole (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  20 April 2001 (UK)
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Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.



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DCS Tom Howard
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Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ...
DI Chapman
Maria Pastel ...
Celia Montague ...
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One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... Written by RJDL

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The hole will not be opened until 2001. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados  »

Box Office


£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (UK) (20 April 2001)


$45,715 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)

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Nick Hamm wanted to make the film seven years before he actually did. See more »


When Liz calls for help at the start of the film she dials 911. In the UK the number for emergency services is 999 not 911 as it is in the USA See more »


Frankie: I hate beaches. All that sand up your crack and nowhere to pee apart from the ocean.
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6 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Truly, fresh and new ideas, rarely make it to film. The Hole, based on the novel (after the Hole) by Guy Burt is a good exception to this. It is seldom that we see a top quality thriller, but this movie is well cast, well directed, and works wonderfully. The story is quite simple really, it relies on strong characterisation and good dialogue. All the cast give good performances and Thora Birch is outstanding. This thriller really does keep you on the edge of your seat throughout; it is very dark, very creepy and has a terrifying atmosphere. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes a good thriller. It isn't in the same league as Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, but it is better than most thrillers that are released.

8/10 A great film.

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