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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Thora Birch ... Liz Dunn

Desmond Harrington ... Mike Steel

Daniel Brocklebank ... Martyn Taylor

Laurence Fox ... Geoff Bingham

Keira Knightley ... Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith

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 .... sound 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)
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
Alice Dawson .... location scout
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
Harriet Lawrence .... location manager
Lissa Lebel .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Neil Lee .... location manager
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)
Bill Twiston-Davies .... assistant location manager
Sue Wall .... production accountant
Richard Warlow .... development executive: Pathé Pictures
Jacqui Wetherill .... assistant production accountant
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 »
Crew or equipment visible: In the downward shot as the four enter the shelter, two legs of the cameras tripod can be seen.See more »
Martyn:No, no, no, no, no - you love me! It's a Martyn Taylor fact. Has there been a day in the last five years that we haven't talked?
Elizabeth Dunn:But you're more like a gay friend than a boyfriend.
Martyn:But I'm not gay!
Jogging Rugby Players:Yeah, right!
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
I'd rather be in the Hole than see this again., 10 May 2001
Author: stephen.murtagh from Birmingham, England

The first trailer for this film showed to be a gruelling film about humans trapped in a dark, confined space, slowly withering away. The second trailer pitched this movie as some sort of repellent formulaic teen horror film. It was the first trailer that had been touted since last autumn in the UK that intrigued me enough to see it.

Having watched the film I was disappointed as the film failed to deliver what had been promised in either trailer. What I saw was a bland movie that seemingly doesn't know what it's target demographic is. I am assuming that it wanted to be a psychological horror, but the film is so lightweight that it appears to have been written with twelve-year-olds in mind – which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the film is visually aimed at adults, with sex, full frontal nudity, nasty violence and drug use. Thus the film is torn between the two camps; the writing is too simple for adults but the adult material will stop kids seeing it.

Essentially the story is that these toffs at a private boarding school in England would rather spend three days in an old underground World War Two bunker (the titular ‘Hole') than go to Wales on a school trip. Everything is engineered so that the school assumes that they have gone home for the duration whilst their parents think that they have actually gone to Wales. In other words, nobody knows where they are there. Ultimately the events unfold and they end up stuck in the Hole and proceed to go stir crazy.

My biggest hang up is the presence of Thora Birch. Firstly her twee English accent is all over the place. They should have just let her speak with her natural accent, as it would have been less of a distraction. Maybe as an Englishman this is a stick that I can unfairly beat her with and perhaps overseas no one will notice, but for me it was an unwelcome distraction (especially when there are many young British actresses who would've done a better job).

Secondly she brings NOTHING to the movie. The other members of the young cast are relative unknowns and act her off the screen. They all give believable reputations of stuck up self-centred kids and the effects of human physical and mental degradation. I assume that Ms. Birch was brought in to add ‘international appeal' but she stifles and flounders around with her leading role, unable to rise to the challenge of her co-stars.

Before you all assume that I'm bashing her because she's American think again because young American actor Desmond Harrington who plays Mike Steel, is the best thing about this movie.

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