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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.

Director:

Nick Hamm

Writers:

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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Once you get in, you can't get out. 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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Details

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:

£4,158,370 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Guy Burt wrote the novel the film is based upon at the age of 18, not long after he left school. See more »

Goofs

British schools have holidays, not "vacations" as in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Geoff: After you start to feel thirsty, you find yourself feeling impatient, maybe even a little sick. And your pulse starts to go up, then there's the headaches, dizziness... when it gets bad, your vision will blur and you'll find it hard to walk and talk. Your tongue swells up, your skin shrivels, you twitch, you go deaf and then you die.
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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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Connections

References Heavenly Creatures (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Show Me The Money (Jerry Maguire Mix)
Written by Paul Akabah and Ashley Akabah
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Architechs
Courtesy of Go!Beat/Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission of The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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User Reviews

 
There should be more of these.
6 March 2004 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Truly, fresh and new ideas, rarely make it to film. The Hole, based on the novel (after the Hole) by Guy Burt is a good exception to this. It is seldom that we see a top quality thriller, but this movie is well cast, well directed, and works wonderfully. The story is quite simple really, it relies on strong characterisation and good dialogue. All the cast give good performances and Thora Birch is outstanding. This thriller really does keep you on the edge of your seat throughout; it is very dark, very creepy and has a terrifying atmosphere. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes a good thriller. It isn't in the same league as Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, but it is better than most thrillers that are released.

8/10 A great film.


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