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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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The hole will not be opened until 2001. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (United Kingdom), 22 April 2001, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, Liz, Alex, Frankie and Jeff were trapped in an abandoned cellar. In the film, Liz, Mike, Geoff and Frankie are trapped in an abandoned underground nuclear fallout shelter. See more »

Goofs

In the downward shot as the four enter the shelter, two legs of the cameras tripod can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[Frankie fakes being sick after Liz holds up her cue card]
Elizabeth Dunn: I'm really worried about her. She needs a doctor.
Mike: Well, that's obvious. I thought you were supposed to be smart.
[Liz holds up the 'Toilet' cue card]
Geoff: I bet it's that dirty toilet water that's making her ill.
Elizabeth Dunn: It's not my fault.
Geoff: Yes. It. Is.
[everyone restrains laughter]
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Connections

References American Beauty (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready To Roll
Written by Mark Rae and Steve Christian
Published by Sony Music Publishing
Performed by Rae and Christian
Licensed courtesy of Grand Central Records Ltd.
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Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror
11 August 2003 | by roland-sinnSee all my reviews

The Hole begins slowly and very standardly, but unlike most genre films, it picks up pace after 40 minutes then accelerates towards a smashing ending. Well okay, the ending itself wasn't a great surprise, but I found it satisfying in a B-grade kind of way.

The premise of Hole is pretty mundane. The idea of a group of teenagers going into an old abandoned building or structure for a lark is a stock standard story opener for hundreds of B-grade horror flicks. But then Hole becomes interesting by the re-telling of events from different characters' individual points of view in a manner reminiscent of the 1950 British gem ‘The Woman in Question'. Just who is telling the truth?

The final third of Hole rockets along and the film becomes genuinely frightening. I was especially impressed with the way repercussion of actions and in-actions are graphically shown and not glossed over as so many genre films have a habit of doing.

Hole is not a great film. The acting from the five teenagers is a cut above average, but the direction is pretty heavy handed and not very imaginative. Overall I found Hole a nicely satisfying and genuinely frightening B-grade experience which proves the old adage that says the worst monsters are human beings. It also shows that modern thriller/horror genre films doesn't always have to rely on lashings of special effects and supernaturalism to tell a story effectively.

6/10


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