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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.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Louis Sachar (novel), Louis Sachar (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... The Warden
Jon Voight ... Mr. Sir
Tim Blake Nelson ... Dr. Pendanski
Shia LaBeouf ... Stanley
Khleo Thomas ... Zero
Jake M. Smith ... Squid
Byron Cotton ... Armpit
Brenden Jefferson ... X-Ray
Miguel Castro ... Magnet
Max Kasch ... Zigzag
Noah Poletiek Noah Poletiek ... Twitch
Zane Holtz ... Barfbag
Steven Kozlowski Steven Kozlowski ... Lump (as Steve Kozlowski)
Ski Carr ... Guard
Jim Wilkey ... Bus Driver / Kissed Stage Coach Driver
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"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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Rated PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brendan Jefferson and Shia LaBeouf appeared on Even Stevens (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Sam is pursued on the lake, a plastic buoy can be seen behind him and his rowboat in one shot. 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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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 »

Connections

References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Everybody Pass Me By
Written by Robert Johnson, Jari Salo & DJ Slow (as Vellu Maurola)
Performed by Pepe Deluxé (as Pepe Deluxe)
Courtesy of Emperor Norton Records and Sine Dance, a Division of
Sony Music Entertainment (U.K.) Limited
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A daily comment from Midget Emma: Holes (2003)

A very unexpected Disney gem about friendship. This is basically about a group of kids digging holes. Sounds boring right? well luckily we get a western side story to keep the movie rolling. It may start off slow but in the end you can't help but feel like you have spent your time very nicely.

This is the first movie i saw with Shia Labeouf in it and i must say that he is turning into a excellent actor. He was great in this movie along with Khleo Thomas. Rounding off the great performances was Sigourney Weaver and Patricia Arquette.

I recommend it. It was a pleasure to watch but it did get boring at times but comes out good in the end.

7/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,300,155, 20 April 2003

Gross USA:

$67,406,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,406,573
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