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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Warden
... Mr. Sir
... Dr. Pendanski
... Stanley
... Zero
... Squid
... Armpit
... X-Ray
... Magnet
... Zigzag
Noah Poletiek ... Twitch
... Barfbag
Steven Kozlowski ... Lump (as Steve Kozlowski)
... Guard
... Bus Driver / Kissed Stage Coach Driver
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Storyline

"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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hole | camp | digging | bad luck | curse | See All (200) »

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Rated PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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18 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis von Green Lake  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$67,406,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,406,573
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Trivia

The townsman in the school room is Brian Peck, the acting coach for the boys. See more »

Goofs

The American Flag is on the wrong side of the judge, as it is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right, or the speaker's right and the audience's left, according to the United States Flag Code. 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 »

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Referenced in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Down to the Valley
Written by Little Axe (as Skip McDonald)
Performed by Little Axe
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records and On-U Sound Records, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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Way beyond a family film.
10 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films of all time. I read the book and liked it, but this movie expands on everything the book made famous. The acting is fantastic, especially from Jon Voight, who plays Mr. Sir, a very evil character. This film has a certain way of storytelling that keeps you hooked throughout, until the end where everything is pulled together for a great ending. I also love the way this is directed, by flashing back and forth between the modern day and Stanley's ancestors' stories. The story was written by Louis Sachar, yes, but it seems that this story is made for film, and Andrew Davis does a great job directing it. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys good movies.


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