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Release Date:
20 April 2001 (Ireland) See more »
An exclusive invitation. An excuse to party. But deep in the darkness lie their worst fears. The truth will be buried unless they survive...the hole. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Lacks depth in plot while Thora Birch's performance is dissapointing, especially after American Beauty and Ghost World... See more (249 total) »


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Thora Birch ... Liz

Desmond Harrington ... Mike

Daniel Brocklebank ... Martin

Laurence Fox ... Geoff

Keira Knightley ... Frankie

Embeth Davidtz ... Dr. Philippa Horwood

Steven Waddington ... DCS Tom Howard
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Daisy

Jemma Powell ... Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
Gemma Craven ... Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ... Gillian

Kelly Hunter ... DI Chapman
Maria Pastel ... Policewoman
Celia Montague ... Solicitor
Kevin Trainor ... Boy in School

Lolita Chakrabarti ... Doctor
Claire Fox ... Reporter
Jennifer Hockman ... Reporter
Jack Tanner ... Reporter

Directed by
Nick Hamm 
Writing credits
Guy Burt (novel "After the Hole")

Ben Court (screenplay) &
Caroline Ip (screenplay)

Produced by
Jeremy Bolt .... producer
Lisa Bryer .... producer
Andrea Calderwood .... executive producer
Pippa Cross .... producer
Rebecca Hodgson .... associate producer
François Ivernel .... executive producer
Bill Shephard .... line producer
Suzanne Warren .... co-producer
Original Music by
Clint Mansell 
Cinematography by
Denis Crossan 
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Andrew Grant 
Tom Read 
Costume Design by
Verity Hawkes 
Makeup Department
Sarah Monzani .... hair designer
Sarah Monzani .... makeup designer
Sandra Shepherd .... assistant hair stylist
Sandra Shepherd .... assistant makeup artist
Simon Thompson .... hair designer
Sarah Monzani .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Shonagh Reid .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Fysh .... first assistant director
Kieran McGuigan .... second unit director
Fletcher Rodley .... third assistant director
Siobhan Tucker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rachel Bailson .... art department assistant (as Rachael Bailson)
Eddie Baker .... stand-by props
Tony Cook .... stand-by rigger
Wayne Day .... carpenter
Russell Delany .... stagehand
Andrew Forrest .... prop dresser (as Andy Forrest)
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Karen George .... scenic painter
Andy Good .... carpenter
Les Hall .... chargehand carpenter (as Leslie Hall)
David Hill .... carpenter
Martin Lane .... stand-by painter
Jo Littlejohn .... graphic designer
Lisa Lloyd .... prop dresser
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Richard Mills .... property master
Brian Neighbour .... carpenter
Justin Overhill .... stand-by art director
Nick Pelham .... storyboard artist
Dave Perschky .... construction manager (as David Perschky)
Polly Philcox .... production buyer
Russell Sargent .... carpenter
David Stapleton .... chargehand painter
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... re-recording mixer
James Andrews .... adr mixer
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Paul Davies .... sound designer
Matthew Desorgher .... sound maintenance engineer
Paul Hickey .... trainee: FT2
Miriam Ludbrook .... assistant sound effects editor
Nneka Meka .... trainee: FT2
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (as Michael S. Miller)
James L. Nolan .... adr recordist (as James L. Noland)
John Rodda .... sound recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Graeme Stoten .... foley editor
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dialogue editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects coordinator
Richard Van Den Bergh .... special effects (uncredited)
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
Joss Gower .... stunt double
William Willoughby .... stunt double (as Will Willoughby)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Barrs .... trainee: FT2 camera (as Mark Barr)
Peter Batten .... focus puller
Ray Brown .... electrician
Brian Miller .... generator operator
Mark Packman .... electrician
Micky Page .... gaffer
David J. Palmer .... clapper loader (as David Palmer)
Mike Parker .... aerial camera operator
Toby Plaskitt .... grip
Xandy Sahla .... Steadicam operator (as Alexander Sahla)
Xandy Sahla .... camera operator (as Alexander Sahla)
Martin Shepherd .... focus puller: second unit
Bobby Tanswell .... best boy
Nick West .... still photographer
Helen Williams .... clapper loader: second unit
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting: USA
Sam Chandley .... casting assistant: UK
Molly Clayton .... casting assistant: New York
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Billy Hopkins .... casting: USA
Kate Rhodes James .... casting: UK
Suzanne Smith .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Gilham .... assistant costume designer
Nicki Varney .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Ferrari .... color grader
Michael Nollet .... editorial trainee: FT2
Helen Paszyn .... assistant editor
Steve Farman .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Location Management
Alice Dawson .... location scout
Harriet Lawrence .... location manager
Neil Lee .... location manager
Bill Twiston-Davies .... assistant location manager
Music Department
David Arch .... musician: piano (as Dave Arch)
Simon Bags .... musician: violin
Jon Bailey .... scoring engineer: London
Nick Barr .... musician: viola
Chris Barrett .... scoring engineer: London (as Chris Barratt)
Leon Bosch .... musician: bass
John Bradbury .... musician: violin
Ed Coxon .... musician: violin
Vic Fraser .... music copyist
Joe Fromlich .... musician: violin
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Roger Garland .... musician: violin
David Gill .... music copyist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Leo Herrera .... scoring engineer: New Orleans
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Nick Ingman .... orchestrator
Skaila Kanga .... musician: harp
Alison Kelly .... musician: violin
Clive Lander .... musician: violin
Gabrielle Lester .... musician: violin (as Gaby Lester)
Danny Lonner .... musician: guitars
Clint Mansell .... score producer
Paul Martin .... musician: viola
Cliff Masterson .... music programmer
David Ogden .... musician: violin
Melissa Phelps .... musician: cello
Steve Tees .... musician: viola
Jonathan Tunnell .... musician: cello
Debbie Widdup .... musician: violin
Nigel Wiesehan .... scoring engineer: New Orleans
Paul Willey .... musician: violin
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Rolf Wilson .... musician: violin
Nick Wollage .... scoring engineer: London
Transportation Department
Neil Birdsall .... driver
Lia Bourne .... driver
Steve Bridgen .... driver
Jeremy Jacobs .... driver
Jim King .... driver
Simon Kinnersley .... driver
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... driver (as Ian Lisi)
Mac MacLean .... driver (as Mac McLean)
Stanley Milton .... driver
Graham Pamment .... driver
John Tiny Topping .... driver (as Tiny Topping)
Mark Tyack .... driver
Tony Wadsworth .... driver
Other crew
Jenny Beckett .... stand-in
Sean Begley .... stand-in
Dan Channing Williams .... production office runner
Fizz Chaudhry .... trainee: FT2
Mel Churcher .... dialogue coach
Sara Curran .... legal services
Vicky Edgson .... nutritionist
Simon Fawcett .... financial director: Pathé Pictures
Jacky Fitt .... assistant to producer
Matthew T. Gannon .... head of development: Pathé Pictures
Jeremy Gawade .... legal services
Anwen Griffiths .... assistant to producer
Sue Humphries .... catering chef manager
Lissa Lebel .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Richard Lever .... legal services
Max Longton-Lockton .... floor runner
Natasha McLeod .... assistant to producer (as Natasha Marsh)
Jack Myles .... legal and business executive: Pathé Pictures
Abigail Netcott .... publicist
Susie Parkins .... chef
Jamie Pridmore .... chef
Mark Pybus .... legal services
Marinella Setti .... script supervisor
Guy Staight .... medic (as Dr. Guy Staight)
David Sutcliffe .... health and safety officer
Paul Swann .... contact: Technicolor
Nathalie Tanner .... production coordinator (as Nathalie Tanner)
Sue Wall .... production accountant
Richard Warlow .... development executive: Pathé Pictures
Jackie Wetherill .... assistant production accountant (as Jacqui Wetherill)
Clare Whitaker .... unit nurse
Verity Wislocki .... production secretary
Susanna Wyatt .... head of physical production: Pathé Pictures
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Jennifer Ehle .... special thanks
Natasha Ross .... thanks
Kathryn Smith .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality/nudity and drug use
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The opening/ending credits sequences were achieved by punching holes in metal and shining a light through them.See more »
Revealing mistakes: About 40 minutes into the film, Liz points the torch at Mike, they are level, but when the view moves to Liz's point of view it is slanting downward, as if from the ceiling.See more »
Mike:And then there's all those exciting exams to look forward to.
Frankie:Way to look on the positive side.
Mike:No, no, no. I've got a hard-on for these exams, they're great.
Geoff:You've got a hard-on for everything.
Mike:Not for you, mate.
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Movie Connections:
References Heavenly Creatures (1994)See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Lacks depth in plot while Thora Birch's performance is dissapointing, especially after American Beauty and Ghost World..., 25 October 2003
Author: mrpink000 ( from Perth, Australia

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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