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Holes [2003] (1 disc)

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Director:Andrew Davis
Writer:Louis Sachar
Composer:Joel McNeely
Length:117 minutes
(1 hour 57 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:77%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.


Reaction: A very intriguing story based on a very enjoyable book. Not all authors can do a good film script adaptation of their own novel, but Louis Sachar does a great job keeping to the key parts of his story while adapting it to a visual medium.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Andrew Davis => Director
Louis Sachar => Writer / Mr. Collingwood
Joel McNeely => Composer
Alex Daniels => Texas Ranger #1
Allan Kolman => Stanley The 1st
Allison Smith => Linda
Brenden Jefferson => X-Ray
Byron Cotton => Armpit
Damien Luvara => Elya Yelnats
Dulé Hill => Sam
Eartha Kitt => Madame Zeroni
Eric Pierpoint => Sheriff (as Eric Peirpoint)
Gary Bullock => Prospector
Henry Winkler => Stanley's Father
Jake M. Smith => Squid
Jeff Ricketts => Partner
Jon Voight => Mr. Sir
Ken Davitian => Igor Barkov
Khleo Thomas => Zero
Max Kasch => Zigzag
Melissa Mitchell => Young Linda
Michael Cavanaugh => Judge
Miguel Castro => Magnet
Nathan Davis => Grandfather (as Nate Davis)
Noah Poletiek => Twitch
Patricia Arquette => Kissin' Kate Barlow
Paul Norwood => Doc
Ravil Isyanov => Morris Menke
Ray Baker => Asst. Attorney General
Rick Fox => Clyde 'Sweetfeet' Livingston
Rick Worthy => Male Officer
Sanya Mateyas => Myra Menke
Scott Plank => Trout Walker
Shia LaBeouf => Stanley
Sigourney Weaver => The Warden
Siobhan Fallon Hogan => Stanley's Mother
Steven Kozlowski => Lump (as Steve Kozlowski)
Tim Blake Nelson => Dr. Pendanski
Zane Holtz => Barfbag

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The onions that Stanley and Zero eat towards the end of the movie are actually apples wrapped in an edible cover.
  • Sigourney Weaver wanted to be in this film because "Holes" is her daughter's favorite book.
  • A screenplay was initially written by [?] Richard Kelly, who greatly departed from the source material by writing a dark, violent adaptation of the story set in a post-apocalyptic world. The studio reportedly found the script far too disturbing for a children's movie, rejecting it in favor of the final script written by the novel's author, Louis Sachar.
  • Before shooting the film, Patricia Arquette did not know how to ride a horse. She had to learn for her role as "Kissing Kate" Barlow.
  • Dulé Hill played Sam. He later appeared as Shawn's ([?] James Roday's) co-star, Gus, on the television show [Psych (2006)]. In the episode "65 Million Years Off" when seeing all the holes that the paleontologist dug on the land, Shawn mentions "that this is like that movie with Sigourney Weaver". He also mentions Shia LaBeouf and Jon Voight. Gus keeps guessing movies, but never correctly guesses the movie that he appeared in, Holes (2003).
  • This movie is dedicated in loving memory of Scott Plank. Scott Plank played Trout Walker.
  • Nathan Davis, the actor who played Stanley Yelnats II (Stanley's grandfather), was Director Andrew Davis' father.
  • The poem that Miss Katherine reads to the young Linda and Sam finished is "Annabel Lee" by [?] Edgar Allan Poe.
  • The "yellow spotted lizards" mentioned in the movie do not exist. There are only two venomous lizards in North America: the Gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard, which live in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
  • [?] Frankie Muniz was originally cast as Stanley. Alex D. Linz was also offered the same role.
  • Despite being billed first, Sigourney Weaver does not appear until approximately forty minutes into the film.
  • At the end of the film it is revealed that Mr. Sir's real name is Marion Sevillo, and that he is a former criminal who has violated his parole by carrying a firearm. None of this was in the book, however as the film's screenplay was written by the author of the book it can be assumed that these details are at least semi canonical.