Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Davis|
|Produced by||Andrew Davis
Lowell D. Blank
|Screenplay by||Louis Sachar|
by Louis Sachar
Tim Blake Nelson
and Shia LaBeouf
|Music by||Joel McNeely|
|Cinematography||Stephen St. John|
|Edited by||Thomas J. Nordberg
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (US)|
|Running time||117 minutes|
Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar (who also wrote the screenplay), with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo Thomas, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Eartha Kitt, Patricia Arquette, Dulé Hill, Rick Fox, and Henry Winkler. The film was produced by Walden Media and distributed on many markets by Disney's distribution company Buena Vista.
Holes was Scott Plank's final film; he died October 24, 2002.
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Stanley Yelnats IV is a good-hearted teenager born to an family who have been cursed to be unlucky - a misfortune they blame on an ancestors failure to keep a promise to a fortune teller decades ago in Latvia. One day, Stanley is falsely arrested for stealing a pair of sneakers that were donated to charity by a famous baseball player. Upon conviction Stanley decides to attend Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, in lieu of serving his time in jail.
He arrives to find that the camp is a dried-up lake run by the Warden, Louise Walker, her assistant Mr. Sir, and camp counselor Dr. Pendanski. Prisoners who are known by their nicknames including Zero, Armpit, Zig-Zag, Squid, X-Ray, and Magnet spend each day digging holes in the desert to "build character." The inmates are told that if they find anything interesting, they may earn a day off and after finding a golden lipstick tube initialed K.B. and a fossil Stanley is accepted into the group and is given the nickname Caveman. After taking the blame for Magnet's stealing of Mr. Sir's sunflower seeds, Stanley is taken to the wardens house where old wanted posters and newspapers leads him to suspect that "KB" stands for Kate Barlow.
In a series of flashbacks the history of Camp Green Lake is revealed. The town was a lake town, thriving with water and life until Katherine Barlow, a local teacher, is involved in a love triangle with the wealthy Trout Walker, who Kate rejected, and onion seller named Sam, who Kate loved. After much turmoil, Walker kills Sam and in retaliation Kate kills the local sheriff and becomes and outlaw. Sam's death causes the lake to dry up, eventually turning Green Lake into an arid wasteland. Years later the now bankrupt Trout approach the outlaw Kate and demand she hand over her buried treasure, but Kate responds that they could "dig for a hundred years" and not find it, after which Kate dies from a lizard bite and the Trout family sets about digging for the treasure.
While digging one day, Pendaski insults Hector, who responds by hitting Pendaski with a shovel and running into the desert. After some deliberation, Stanley sets out to find Hector, which he does and the challenge turns to surviving in the desert without water. Eventually Stanley carries the now ill Hector up the mountain where they find a wild field of onions and a source of water, helping them regain strength and at the same time unknowingly fulfilling his ancestors promise to the fortune teller and breaking the curse and restoring his families luck
Suddenly feeling lucky, Stanley and Hector decide to return to the camp and investigate the hole where Stanley found the lipstick, where they dig deeper and uncover a chest just as they are discovered by the warden, Mr. Sir, and Pendanski.After escaping the warden with the help of some lizards, it is revealed that Louise is Trouth's granddaughter who is using the inmates to search for treasure. The next morning, the attorney general and Stanley's lawyer arrive, the chest Stanley found is discovered to belong to his great-grandfather before being stolen by "Kissin' Kate." The warden, mr. Sir, and Pendanski are all arrested for perverting the laws of justice, Stanley and Hector are released from the now-under-investigation camp, and with justice finally being served rain returns to Green Lake. The Stanley's family claim rightful ownership of the chest which contains jewels, deeds, and promissory notes, which they share with Hector who reunites with his missing mother, and both families live a life of financial ease as neighbors.
Camp Green Lake
- Shia LaBeouf as Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV
- Khleo Thomas as Hector "Zero" Zeroni
- Sigourney Weaver as Warden Walker
- Jon Voight as Mr. Sir
- Tim Blake Nelson as Dr. Pendanski
- Jake M. Smith as Alan "Squid"
- Byron Cotton as Theodore "Armpit"
- Brenden Jefferson as Rex "X-Ray"
- Miguel Castro as José "Magnet"
- Max Kasch as Ricky "Zigzag"
- Noah Poletiek as Brian "Twitch"
- Zane Holtz as Lewis "Barfbag"
- Steve Koslowski as Lump
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Mrs. Yelnats
- Henry Winkler as Stanley Yelnats III
- Nathan Davis as Stanley Yelnats II
- Shelley Malil as Landlord
- Rick Fox as Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston
- Eartha Kitt as Madame Zeroni
- Damien Luvara as Elya Yelnats
- Sanya Mateyas as Myra Menke
- Ravil Isyanov as Morris Menke
- Ken Davitian as Igor Barkov
Old Green Lake
- Patricia Arquette as Kissin' Kate Barlow
- Scott Plank as Charles "Trout" Walker
- Dulé Hill as Sam
- Allan Kolman as Stanley Yelnats I
- Louis Sachar as Mr. Collingwood
One of the most appealing facets to the movie (particularly to the kid audiences) was the film's music which included the Grammy winning single " by Keb Mo', and "Dig It" by The D Tent Boys (the actors portraying the D Tent group inmates), which was exceptionally popular with child viewers and had a music video which played regularly on Disney Channel. The soundtrack also included contributions by Eels, Devin Thompson, Dr. John, Eagle Eye Cherry, Fiction Plane, Little Axe, Moby, North Mississippi Allstars, Pepe Deluxé, Shaggy, Stephanie Bentley, and Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps.
The movie's score was written by the famous Hollywood composer, Joel McNeely.
|Soundtrack album by Various|
|Released||April 15, 2003|
|Label||Walt Disney Records|
- "Dig It" - D-Tent Boys
- "Keep'n It Real" - Shaggy
- "Mighty Fine Blues" - Eels
- "Honey" - Moby
- "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" - Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
- "Just Like You" - Keb' Mo'
- "Everybody Pass Me By" - Pepe Deluxé
- "I Will Survive" - Stephanie Bentley
- "Shake 'Em On Down" - North Mississippi Allstars
- "Don't Give Up" - Eagle Eye Cherry
- "Happy Dayz" - Devin Thompson
- "Let's Make A Better World" - Dr. John
- "If Only" - Fiction Plane
- "Eyes Down" - Eels
- "Down To The Valley" - Little Axe
The movie made a modest US$ 67 million at the box office.
The film received generally positive reviews; it currently holds a 77% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus: "Faithful to its literary source, this is imaginative, intelligent family entertainment." On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has a 71/100 rating, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote "Davis has always been a director with a strong visual sense, and the look of "Holes" has a noble, dusty loneliness. We feel we are actually in a limitless desert. The cinematographer, Stephen St. John, thinks big, and frames his shots for an epic feel that adds weight to the story. I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied. Curious, how much more grown up and sophisticated "Holes" is than "Anger Management."