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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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Storyline

"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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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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Box Office

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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

Louis Sachar: the author of both the novel and the screenplay for this movie appears with his wife and daughter in the scene where Sam is selling onion juice. See more »

Goofs

When Zero talks for the first time in the dining hall, Armpit is in the background leaning over looking at him. Armpit starts talking while he is still in the background not moving his mouth. In the next shot he is sitting straight up. 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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"In Loving Memory of Scott Plank" appears after the end credits. See more »


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Clear the Air
Written by Richard Davis (as Richie Davis), Chris 'Hambone' Cameron, Wendall Wayne Stewart & Tony Brown (as Anthony G. Brown)
Performed by The Chicago Catz
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So much cooler and more interesting than the usual live-action Disney junk.
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

HOLES is not your average Disney stuff- it's very, very fun, even for adults who usually cringe at the cutesy, focus-group designed "family entertainment" that Uncle Walt's studio passes off as live-action. Perhaps the secret of this film's success is in its faithfulness to the original book, which is a little bit darker than your average kid stuff. The action begins when Stanley Yelnats is sent to a boys' prison camp, where all the inmates are forced to dig holes under the desert sun as a form of rehibilitation. But as the story progresses, Stanley's tale becomes interwoven with that of a legendary treasure, and this adventure becomes ten times more fun than any Disney movie about an all-boy prison camp has any right to be. Jon Voight is especially nasty and colorful, and Sigourney Weaver is beautiful, as always.


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