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Holes (2003)

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

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"But if you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity." Those were the exact words spoken to young Elya Yelnats the day he forgot to repay Madame Zeroni. From then on his family was cursed with bad luck. One hundred years later Stanley Yelnats IV is accused of stealing a pair of cleats from a major league baseball player and sent to Camp Green Lake (a dry lake bed in the middle of the desert). It never rains at Camp Green Lake, it hasn't for one hundred years. The secretive and mysterious Warden has each inmate spend every day digging one hole to "build character." But when an artifact from the famous "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is found in a hole, the Warden forces the boys to work double time leading Stanley to deduce they're digging because the Warden is looking for something. But what? And how is the mystery of Camp Green Lake connected to Stanley's family curse? Written by O.G.

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hole | camp | digging | bad luck | curse | See All (202) »

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Some secrets are too big to keep hidden. See more »


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Rated PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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18 April 2003 (USA)  »

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Das Geheimnis von Green Lake  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,300,155, 20 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,406,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,406,573
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Trivia

It is rather coincidental that Shia LaBeouf's character is accused of stealing shoes in this movie considering he was first arrested for stealing Nike Cortezes sneakers from a store in Pacoima, California in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Pendanski is hit with the shovel by Zero, it's clear he falls and lands on his stomach. In the very next shot, he's lying on his back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Barfbag walks towards a rattlesnake]
X-Ray: Hey, Barfbag. What are you doing?
[Barfbag takes his shoe and sock off and steps on the snake, which bites him]
Barfbag: [yells] Aaaaaah!
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, Hector "Zero" Zeroni quotes the curse his great-great-great-grandmother made with her accent and speech patterns. See more »

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Referenced in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Let's Make a Better World
Written by Earl King
Performed by Dr. John
Courtesy of ATCO Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Fill in the Holes"
16 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

A Disney movie that dares to do something different should at least be awarded for effort. "Holes" doesn't make the same mistakes as one would expect from a Disney movie about troubled teenagers put in a camp. For the first time events are not explained in details. The flashback scenes really do serve a purpose and present several mature topics that may surprise the viewer. I must admit that at first I was a bit put off by the seriousness of the movie. But soon I realized that we had to endure those moments to see the beauty of the story. Besides the story this movie also does a good job of questioning some methods that are used in correctional facilities. (One example where Caveman is forbidden to teach Zero to read because they have to dig holes in order to build character,like learning to read won't contribute to that). "Holes" is a movie that is smart and beautiful. A must watch!


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