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The Hole (2001)

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.

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Nick Hamm

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Guy Burt (novel), Ben Court (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Liz
Desmond Harrington ... Mike
Daniel Brocklebank ... Martin
Laurence Fox ... Geoff
Keira Knightley ... Frankie
Embeth Davidtz ... Dr. Philippa Horwood
Steven Waddington ... DCS Tom Howard
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Daisy
Jemma Powell ... Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
Gemma Craven ... Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ... Gillian
Kelly Hunter ... DI Chapman
Maria Pastel Maria Pastel ... Policewoman
Celia Montague Celia Montague ... Solicitor
Kevin Trainor ... Boy in School
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Storyline

One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... Written by RJDL

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No exit, No key, No food, No heartbeat See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hole See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,158,370 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,819,851
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the shower scene, many of the boys enjoyed being naked while in front of Keira Knightley. And at the end of the scene, when she tells the young boy to go, that was an improvised moment on her part. See more »

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When Dr. Horwood visits Liz at her house, she pulls up in her car, which is quite dirty. When they leave, her car is sparkling clean. See more »

Quotes

Geoff: So what? You're gonna go home to an empty house and fuck the maid like you did last Easter.
Mike: You haven't seen the maid.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD has some deleted scenes including:
  • The cops are looking for the four teenagers in the woods. Then one of the cops stands in front of the hole's door and Liz hears a noise and pretends she doesn't hear anything.
  • A one year later-feature where you see a guy sitting behind a computer. Liz comes to sit next to him en says her name is Beth.
  • A different scene where Phillipa pretends she puts the camera off, after Liz told her story Later, she walks outside. Later, when she watches the tape, she sees Liz saying 'Yeah, it's raining bitch'
  • A different beginning featuring alternate camera angles.
  • An extended morgue scene, where you see Phillipa exaiming both bodies instead of one at the time.
  • A different scene where Liz reveals to Mike why she locked them in.
  • An alternative beginning with Liz sitting in a chair having flashbacks about the hole, at the end the door of the hole closes.
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Ready To Roll
Written by Mark Rae and Steve Christian
Published by Sony Music Publishing
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I'd rather be in the Hole than see this again.
10 May 2001 | by stephen.murtaghSee all my reviews

The first trailer for this film showed to be a gruelling film about humans trapped in a dark, confined space, slowly withering away. The second trailer pitched this movie as some sort of repellent formulaic teen horror film. It was the first trailer that had been touted since last autumn in the UK that intrigued me enough to see it.

Having watched the film I was disappointed as the film failed to deliver what had been promised in either trailer. What I saw was a bland movie that seemingly doesn't know what it's target demographic is. I am assuming that it wanted to be a psychological horror, but the film is so lightweight that it appears to have been written with twelve-year-olds in mind – which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the film is visually aimed at adults, with sex, full frontal nudity, nasty violence and drug use. Thus the film is torn between the two camps; the writing is too simple for adults but the adult material will stop kids seeing it.

Essentially the story is that these toffs at a private boarding school in England would rather spend three days in an old underground World War Two bunker (the titular ‘Hole') than go to Wales on a school trip. Everything is engineered so that the school assumes that they have gone home for the duration whilst their parents think that they have actually gone to Wales. In other words, nobody knows where they are there. Ultimately the events unfold and they end up stuck in the Hole and proceed to go stir crazy.

My biggest hang up is the presence of Thora Birch. Firstly her twee English accent is all over the place. They should have just let her speak with her natural accent, as it would have been less of a distraction. Maybe as an Englishman this is a stick that I can unfairly beat her with and perhaps overseas no one will notice, but for me it was an unwelcome distraction (especially when there are many young British actresses who would've done a better job).

Secondly she brings NOTHING to the movie. The other members of the young cast are relative unknowns and act her off the screen. They all give believable reputations of stuck up self-centred kids and the effects of human physical and mental degradation. I assume that Ms. Birch was brought in to add ‘international appeal' but she stifles and flounders around with her leading role, unable to rise to the challenge of her co-stars.

Before you all assume that I'm bashing her because she's American think again because young American actor Desmond Harrington who plays Mike Steel, is the best thing about this movie.


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