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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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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror See more (248 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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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Did You Know?

Thora Birch was paid a highly publicized seven-figure salary, due to her recent acclaimed appearance in American Beauty (1999).See more »
Errors in geography: 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 USASee more »
Frankie:What's the time now?
Mike:Same as when you asked two minutes ago.
Frankie:Well it can't be the same time if two minutes have passed, can it.
Geoff:It's three thirty-two, then.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Heavenly Creatures (1994)See more »
Show Me The Money (Jerry Maguire Mix)See more »


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38 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror, 11 August 2003
Author: roland-sinn from Sydney, Australia

The Hole begins slowly and very standardly, but unlike most genre films, it picks up pace after 40 minutes then accelerates towards a smashing ending. Well okay, the ending itself wasn't a great surprise, but I found it satisfying in a B-grade kind of way.

The premise of Hole is pretty mundane. The idea of a group of teenagers going into an old abandoned building or structure for a lark is a stock standard story opener for hundreds of B-grade horror flicks. But then Hole becomes interesting by the re-telling of events from different characters' individual points of view in a manner reminiscent of the 1950 British gem ‘The Woman in Question'. Just who is telling the truth?

The final third of Hole rockets along and the film becomes genuinely frightening. I was especially impressed with the way repercussion of actions and in-actions are graphically shown and not glossed over as so many genre films have a habit of doing.

Hole is not a great film. The acting from the five teenagers is a cut above average, but the direction is pretty heavy handed and not very imaginative. Overall I found Hole a nicely satisfying and genuinely frightening B-grade experience which proves the old adage that says the worst monsters are human beings. It also shows that modern thriller/horror genre films doesn't always have to rely on lashings of special effects and supernaturalism to tell a story effectively.


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