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Holes (2003)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  18 April 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Poletiek ...
Steven Kozlowski ...
Lump (as Steve Kozlowski)
Bus Driver / Kissed Stage Coach Driver


"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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Plot Keywords:

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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis von Green Lake  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,300,155 (USA) (18 April 2003)


£1,331,449 (UK) (21 November 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before shooting the film, Patricia Arquette did not know how to ride a horse. She had to learn for her role as Kissing Kate Barlow. See more »


During the first dig scene, Zero finishes digging his hole before anyone else. As he jumps out of his hole (heading back to the tent or 'wreck' room), he has his goggles on. In the next shot (only seconds later), he passes by the group and his goggles have completely disappeared. See more »


[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 »


References Cleopatra (1963) See more »


Written by Richard Davis (as Richie Davis) and Chris 'Hambone' Cameron
Performed by Davis, Lizik, Hines & Scott
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User Reviews

Much better than "Not Bad"
13 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I couldn't keep from commenting after reading the very short "Not bad" commentary. This movie is much better than just not bad. The acting is stellar, even from the children in the cast, who don't play cute or anything else but act just like my son's friends. The movie is smart and expects it's audience to be as well. The double back flash story lines are imaginative and contribute to the story rather than act as time filler. I watched this movie with my kids and then I watched it again by myself a few days later. If you have kids and are sick to death of movies that inspire a diabetic coma with their syrupy sweetness, then check out "Holes." My 6-year-old enjoyed it as much as my 11-year-old, and my husband and I enjoyed it as much as the two of them. How many movies can you say that about?

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