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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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3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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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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Can you dig it? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis von Green Lake See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,406,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,406,573
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The onions that Stanley and Zero eat towards the end of the movie are actually apples wrapped in an edible cover. See more »

Goofs

Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake for stealing a pair of shoes, which Zero later reveals that he actually stole and threw over the bridge. That would mean that they would have to have been sent to Green Lake around the same time, or Zero was sent after Stanley. But Zero is already at the camp in the opening scene; and seems well-established in the camp community by the time Stanley arrives, and Stanley is only sent there due to Barf Bag's vacancy (who "got himself out" in the opening scene). 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

Referenced in Psych: 65 Million Years Off (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Give Up
Written & Performed by Eagle Eye Cherry
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd (U.K.)/MCA Records & Eagle-Eye Productions
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12 February 2007 | by BrotherNumpsieSee all my reviews

I recorded this ages ago but only got round to watching it today. I have been ill so had run out of stuff to watch! I am so glad I saw it, and which I could erase my memory and watch i again for the first time. This movie is so wonderful! It reminded me very much of Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe.

The story goes back in time and at the end of the movie we see what the connections are. Some people have said this is a kids movie. I disagree - it may be made by Disney and many characters are children, but I am 23 and I LOVED it! There were moments when my spine tingled. The story is unlike any other film these days, full of adventure. I have just ordered the book from amazon, can't wait!


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