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Holes (2003)

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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
1,847 ( 113)
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





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) »


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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 USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both the book and the movie mention that Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston had hit four triples in a baseball game. In fact, the Major League record is three. See more »


When Kate and the children are standing around Sam, the girl in the pink dress with red hair jumps from our right to standing in front of Kate. 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

"In Loving Memory of Scott Plank" appears after the end credits. See more »


References The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »


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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one of the best book adaptations i have ever seen..
2 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

seriously i loved this film..i had started to read the book and i loved it...the way everything was set up and everything had a purpose...i think this film did so well was because Louis Sachar wrote the screenplay..and of course Andrew Davis directed it...Shia Lebouf gives a great performance for his first film...the storyline is very cool and interesting...there's humor, heart and intensity...it is very similar to the book..i find this film to be not the least bit boring...i absolutely loved it...and i encourage anyone to read the book..all in all this film is very well put together and carefully crafted...two thumbs up for me in every single way

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