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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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Some secrets are too big to keep hidden. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite being billed first, Sigourney Weaver does not appear until approximately forty minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

When Stanley is first introduced to Magnet and Zigzag, Magnet walks away, and says, "What have I told you about putting that thing right there, man?" but his lips don't move. 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

References Varsity Blues (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mighty Fine Blues
Written by Mark Oliver Everett (as E)
Performed by Eels (as eels)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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one of the best book adaptations i have ever seen..
2 November 2008 | by swizzy16See all my reviews

seriously i loved this film..i had started to read the book and i loved it...the way everything was set up and everything had a purpose...i think this film did so well was because Louis Sachar wrote the screenplay..and of course Andrew Davis directed it...Shia Lebouf gives a great performance for his first film...the storyline is very cool and interesting...there's humor, heart and intensity...it is very similar to the book..i find this film to be not the least bit boring...i absolutely loved it...and i encourage anyone to read the book..all in all this film is very well put together and carefully crafted...two thumbs up for me in every single way


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