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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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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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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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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 »


Trout Walkers gold tooth is on the left side of his mouth in the school house when Kate is giving the adults reading class. Later in the movie it's on the right side of his mouth. 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 »


Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Half Past Dead 2 (2011) See more »


Performed by Bessie Jones
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

So much cooler and more interesting than the usual live-action Disney junk.
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – 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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