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The Hole (2001)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
DCS Tom Howard
Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
Gemma Craven ...
Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ...
DI Chapman
Maria Pastel ...
Celia Montague ...
Kevin Trainor ...
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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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Opening up in cinemas April 20. 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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Thora Birch was paid a highly publicized seven-figure salary, due to her recent acclaimed appearance in American Beauty (1999). See more »


When Liz is wailing in the tunnel and a hooded Mike appears, the string pull on her hoodie appears and disappears. See more »


Martyn: When you're convinced of your own absolute superiority, you don't need help from mere mortals like me. You can fuck things up all by yourself.
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Written by Mark Rae and Steve Christian
Published by Sony Music Publishing
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Licensed courtesy of Grand Central Records Ltd.
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Promises much, delivers little.
10 May 2002 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

If you have seen the trailers (or read some of the reviews), you would be forgiven of thinking of this film as a dark and disturbing thriller, unfortunately, this is not the case.

The acting is first rate from the leading five, though Embeth Davidtz, an experienced actress, is confined to a character with little scope for the talents she has displayed in previous films, and I find it disappointing that her acting skills were curtailed by such a restrictive screenplay.

And herein lies the main problem for this film. The characterisations are excellent, but the limited experience of the writers shines through. This film has none of the twists and turns you would expect from a thriller, an ending that is at once unconvincing, predictable, and weak, and plot holes you could drive a bus through.

Director, Nick Hamm, shows great promise as this film is very well put together, and he certainly gets the best from the main four actors. However he seems to have neglected the talents of everyone else in the film (bar Daniel Brocklebank as Martin).

In my opinion, this film was well acted and directed, if only the plot could have been better, we might have seen another classic British film. However I fear that this film will sink into obscurity. It seems a shame that such talent was not used on a film with better writers.

I await with anticipation Nick Hamm's next offering, and hope that he finds a screenplay to stretch both himself and the whole cast.

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