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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 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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The book is now the movie. See more »


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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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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 car the warden drives is a 1958 Chrysler Saratoga. This car did not have a gear shift to change gears. Instead, it had push buttons to change from drive, reverse, park, etc. See more »

Goofs

During the group discussion with Pandanski, when they're talking about animals, one of the kids is facing the camera, and talking, and his mouth continues moving even when he stops speaking. 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

"In Loving Memory of Scott Plank" appears after the end credits. See more »

Connections

References The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »

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I Will Survive
Written by Stephanie Bentley, George Teren (as George Gustav Teren III) & Nancy Lee Baxter
Performed by Stephanie Bentley
Courtesy of Groundstar Records
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So much cooler and more interesting than the usual live-action Disney junk.
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

HOLES is not your average Disney stuff- it's very, very fun, even for adults who usually cringe at the cutesy, focus-group designed "family entertainment" that Uncle Walt's studio passes off as live-action. Perhaps the secret of this film's success is in its faithfulness to the original book, which is a little bit darker than your average kid stuff. The action begins when Stanley Yelnats is sent to a boys' prison camp, where all the inmates are forced to dig holes under the desert sun as a form of rehibilitation. But as the story progresses, Stanley's tale becomes interwoven with that of a legendary treasure, and this adventure becomes ten times more fun than any Disney movie about an all-boy prison camp has any right to be. Jon Voight is especially nasty and colorful, and Sigourney Weaver is beautiful, as always.


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