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The Hole (2001)

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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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Liz
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DCS Tom Howard
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Daisy
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Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
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Mrs. Dunn
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Gillian
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Maria Pastel ...
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Celia Montague ...
Solicitor
Kevin Trainor ...
Boy in School
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Storyline

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 »


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

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20 April 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (United Kingdom), 22 April 2001, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Guy Burt wrote the novel the film is based upon at the age of 18, not long after he left school. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Horwood visits Liz at her house, she pulls up in her car, which is quite dirty. When they leave, her car is sparkling clean. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Dunn: Have you ever loved anyone so much you didn't care what happened to yourself? You just had to be with them. If they look at you, your heart stops. If you feel their breath on your skin, you just ache. Have you ever craved anyone so much you didn't exist any more?
Dr. Philippa Horwood: No.
Elizabeth Dunn: I have.
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Connections

References American Beauty (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Shave Your Head
Written by Rico Capuano
Published by Freefall Music
Performed by Rico
1999 Licensed courtesy of EMI/Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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Lacks depth in plot while Thora Birch's performance is dissapointing, especially after American Beauty and Ghost World...
25 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Hole isn't that bad a film, its just that it lacks the components which a good thriller/suspence/mystery should have.

The Hole, starring Thora Birch, is a suspence/mystery and is about a group of high-school teenagers who become stuck in an old, World War 2 tunnel, called 'the hole'. The group of four decide to camp down in the hole for a few days to wag a school geography camp and have a good time. However, all goes wrong and the four become stuck in the hole for 18 days, deprived of air, food and water.

The suspence lies in not knowing exactly how they became stuck in the hole and who's to blame for their dire situation. The plot structure is based around Lizzy's escape, while she continues to have flashbacks of the event itself. However, different flashbacks occur at different stages of the film, which leaves the viewer never really knowing the exact truth until the end.

If you've watched your fare share of suspence type mystery thrillers, then you should be able to sum this movie up pretty quickly and be able to guess basically what's going on. The plot and plot structure arn't terribly original and I never really found myself becomming attached or captivated by what was going on. The film lacks character development and you never really become attached to the characters to the point were you intensely care what's happening to them. Thora Birch's performance is dissapointing and not terribly convincing. She's good, but no where near her brilliance when you compare this performance to her roles in American Beauty and Ghost World.

The Hole is overall dissapointing and never really draws you in like a good mystery thriller will. I give it 6/10.


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