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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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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 the gypsy 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 | lake | warden | stealing | See more »

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The adventure is down there...start digging April 18. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$175,877 (Australia) (31 October 2003)

Gross:

£1,331,449 (UK) (21 November 2003)
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Trivia

In the Warden's house, there is a framed newspaper cutting, with the words, "Kate Barlow Robs Chicago Pacific." Chicago Pacific is the name of director Andrew Davis's company. See more »

Goofs

When Stanley has finished digging his first hole, in the overhead shot, you can see his shovel on its side on the ground - and his canteen is not there. When he climbs out, his canteen has suddenly appeared next to his shovel. 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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References Varsity Blues (1999) See more »

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Happy Dayz
Written by Richard Davis (as Richie Davis) and Chris 'Hambone' Cameron
Performed by The Chicago Catz
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12 February 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I recorded this ages ago but only got round to watching it today. I have been ill so had run out of stuff to watch! I am so glad I saw it, and which I could erase my memory and watch i again for the first time. This movie is so wonderful! It reminded me very much of Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe.

The story goes back in time and at the end of the movie we see what the connections are. Some people have said this is a kids movie. I disagree

  • it may be made by Disney and many characters are children, but I am


23 and I LOVED it! There were moments when my spine tingled. The story is unlike any other film these days, full of adventure. I have just ordered the book from amazon, can't wait!


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