Holes (film)

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Holes
Holesposter03.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Davis
Produced by Andrew Davis
Lowell D. Blank
Mike Medavoy
Teresa Tucker-Davies
Screenplay by Louis Sachar
Based on Holes 
by Louis Sachar
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Jon Voight
Patricia Arquette
Tim Blake Nelson
and Shia LaBeouf
Music by Joel McNeely
Cinematography Stephen St. John
Edited by Thomas J. Nordberg
Jeffrey Wolf
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Walden Media
Phoenix Pictures
Chicago Pacific Entertainment
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (US)
Release dates
  • April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18) (US)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $71,406,573[1]

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.

Plot[edit]

Stanley Yelnats IV is a good-hearted teenager born to a family who have been cursed to be unlucky - a misfortune they blame on an ancestor's 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 spend each day digging holes in the desert to "build character." The inmates are told that they may earn a day off, if they find anything interesting. After finding a golden lipstick tube initialed K.B. and a fossil, Stanley is accepted into the group. After taking the blame for Magnet's stealing of Mr. Sir's sunflower seeds, Stanley is taken to the warden's 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, whom Kate rejected, and onion seller named Sam, whom Kate loved. After much turmoil, Walker kills Sam. Kate kills the local sheriff in retaliation and becomes an outlaw. Sam's death causes the Green Lake to turn into an arid wasteland. Years later the now bankrupt Walkers 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. Kate dies from a lizard bite, and the Walker 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. Stanley goes searching for Hector. Stanley and Hector survive in the arid wasteland. Eventually Stanley carries the now ill Hector up the mountain, where they find a wild field of onions and a spring, helping them regain strength and at the same time unknowingly fulfilling his ancestor's promise to the fortune teller, breaking the curse, and restoring his family's 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 Trout's granddaughter and using the inmates to search for treasure. The next morning, the attorney general and Stanley's lawyer arrive, the chest Stanley found is revealed to have belonged to his great-grandfather before being stolen by "Kissin' Kate." The warden, Mr. Sir, and Pendanski are arrested for perverting the laws of justice, Stanley and Hector are released from the now-under-investigation camp. With justice finally being served, rain returns to Green Lake. The Stanley family claims ownership of the chest, which contains jewels, deeds, and promissory notes, which they share with Hector, who reunites with his missing mother. Both families live a life of financial ease as neighbors.

Cast[edit]

Camp Green Lake

Yelnats' Home

Latvia

Old Green Lake

Musical Soundtrack[edit]

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.

Holes
Soundtrack album by Various
Released April 15, 2003
Label Walt Disney Records
  1. "Dig It" - D-Tent Boys
  2. "Keep'n It Real" - Shaggy
  3. "Mighty Fine Blues" - Eels
  4. "Honey" - Moby
  5. "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" - Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
  6. "Just Like You" - Keb' Mo'
  7. "Everybody Pass Me By" - Pepe Deluxé
  8. "I Will Survive" - Stephanie Bentley
  9. "Shake 'Em On Down" - North Mississippi Allstars
  10. "Don't Give Up" - Eagle Eye Cherry
  11. "Happy Dayz" - Devin Thompson
  12. "Let's Make A Better World" - Dr. John
  13. "If Only" - Fiction Plane
  14. "Eyes Down" - Eels
  15. "Down To The Valley" - Little Axe

Reception[edit]

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."[2] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has a 71/100 rating, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3]

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."[4]

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