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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.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Louis Sachar (novel), Louis Sachar (screenplay)
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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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Rated PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Towards the end of the film, all of the boys at Camp Greenlake run to greet Stanley and Zero after they've returned to the camp and X-Ray shares a few emotional words with Stanley just before he and Zero leave. However, in the novel, only the boys from D tent come to greet them, except for X-Ray. He lingers behind the others and then quickly returns to the Rec Room. See more »

Goofs

During the rain scene you can clearly see that it is sunny out by the shadows on the ground. 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 Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/My Morning Jacket (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Dig It
Written by Mickey Petralia, Michael Fitzpatrick, Doug E. Fresh, Byron Cotton,
Brenden Jefferson, Max Kasch, Shia LaBeouf & Khleo Thomas
Produced by Mickey Petralia
Performed by Byron Cotton, Brenden Jefferson, Max Kasch, Shia LaBeouf & Khleo Thomas
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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If you have not seen this movie you have been DEPRIVED!
29 April 2005 | by firetop14See all my reviews

And I'm serious! Truly one of the most fantastic films I have ever had the pleasure of watching. What's so wonderful is that very rarely does a good book turn into a movie that is not only good, but if possible better than the novel it was based on. Perhaps in the case of Lord of the Rings and Trainspotting, but it is a rare occurrence indeed. But I think that the fact that Louis Sachar was involved from the beginning helped masses, so that the film sticks close to the story but takes it even further. This film has many elements that make it what it is:

1. A unique, original story with a good mix of fun and humour, but a mature edge. 2. Brilliant actors. Adults and kids alike, these actors know how to bring the story to life and deliver their lines with enthusiasm and style without going overboard, as sometimes happen with kids movies. 3. Breathtaking scenery. And it doesn't matter if it's real or CGI, the setting in itself is a masterpiece. I especially love the image of the holes from a birds eye view. 4. A talented director who breathes life into the book and turns it into technicolour genius. The transitions in time work well and capture the steady climax from the book, leading up to the twists throughout the film. 5. Louis Sachar! The guy who had me reading a book nonstop from start to finish so that I couldn't put it down. He makes sure that the script sticks to the book, with new bits added in to make it even better. 6. And speaking of the script! The one-liners in this are smart, funny and unpatronising. But there are also parts to make you smile, make you cry, and tug at your heartstrings to make you love this story all the more. 7. Beautiful soundtrack. There's not a song in this film that I haven't fallen for, and that's something considering I'm supposed to be a punk-rocker. The songs link to the story well and add extra jazz to the overall style of the film. If you're going to buy the film, I recommend you buy the soundtrack too, especially for "If Only", which centres around the story and contains the chorus from the book.

I do not work for the people who made Holes, by the way, I'm just a fan, plugging my favourite film and giving it the review it deserves. If you haven't seen it, do it. Now. This very instant. Go!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holes 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

Gross USA:

$67,406,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,406,573
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1.85 : 1
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