Holes

Holes

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Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Andrew Davis, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette

     
 

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Andrew Davis' surprise hit family film Holes makes its way to DVD for the first time with this release. The film is presented in a full-screen transfer that has been formatted to fit a standard television screen (a widescreen edition with the same features was released simultaneously) and features an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and dubbed French and

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Andrew Davis' surprise hit family film Holes makes its way to DVD for the first time with this release. The film is presented in a full-screen transfer that has been formatted to fit a standard television screen (a widescreen edition with the same features was released simultaneously) and features an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and dubbed French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks. The bonus features include a gag reel, deleted scenes, a music video, a making-of featurette, and two feature-length audio commentary tracks, one by cast members Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Jake M. Smith, and Max Kasch, and another by director Davis and screenwriter Louis Sachar.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A publishing phenomenon, Louis Sachar's multi-award-winning book Holes enjoys a fervent fan base that, like Harry Potter devotees, would not respond kindly to a film that took liberties with the source material. Outside of the slimming-down of the screen incarnation of hapless, cursed Stanley Yelnats IV (Shia LaBeouf), this film remains faithful to Sachar's complex, time-shifting story (thanks, no doubt, to Sachar’s authoring of the screenplay). Stanley, like all Yelnats men, has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After being wrongly convicted of stealing a pair of sneakers, he is sent to Camp Green Lake. There is no lake. There is nothing green about it. Instead, the camp is located in the desert, hundreds of miles from water. "You want to run away?" he is asked by the menacing caretaker Mr. Sir (Jon Voight, sporting a Jimmy Neutron-like pompadour). "You'll be buzzard food in three days." The residents, a ragtag group of delinquents, are charged with digging holes each day in the hot sun, risking encounters with rattlesnakes and the dread yellow-spotted lizard. Stanley begins to suspect that the warden (Sigourney Weaver, in a deliciously nasty turn) is actually looking for something beneath the parched desert sands. Director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) deftly grounds the fantastic tale, which also involves a vengeful fortune teller and a frontier schoolteacher turned notorious bandit (Patricia Arquette). Holes is one of the 2003's family treasures.
All Movie Guide
An intricate balancing act of subplots and flashbacks, author Louis Sachar's Newberry Award-winning novel Holes translates fairly well onscreen, despite occasionally falling off-kilter. Unerringly faithful to the book, Holes takes on issues ranging from racial discrimination to what constitutes true character rehabilitation without a trace of heavy-handedness. Sachar, who also wrote the screenplay for Holes, has a clear and touching respect for the ability of children to grasp a message without the aide of an adult-wielded hammer. Newcomer Shia LaBeouf communicates the palindrome-named Stanley Yelnats' quiet bravery surprisingly well, and the supporting cast -- particularly Jon Voight as Texas tough-guy Mr. Sir, and Eartha Kitt's mysterious Madame Zeroni -- adds a non-saccharine richness to this already deeply interwoven story. Without the help of chapters or narration, however, the multi-leveled plots of Holes are sometimes hard to follow, if beautifully shot, particularly for anyone who hasn't read the book beforehand. The roots of the Yelnats family curse and the future involvement of schoolteacher-turned-outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow (Patricia Arquette) are explained in flashbacks which often appear frenzied and occur with a frequency that deters from the development of the present-day characters. Still, though some of the subtleties of Holes are lost in translation, the symbolism that connects Stanley to Madame Zeroni's descendant, Kissin' Kate's buried loot, and the camp warden's (Sigourney Weaver) mysterious goal (not to mention cure-all onions, spiced peaches, stinky feet, and deadly yellow-spotted lizards) comes together in an excellent coming-of-age story that both children and adults would do well with viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
UPC:
0786936225495
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
11,817

Special Features

Closed Caption; Gag reel; Six deleted scenes; Cast commentary with Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Jake M. Smith and Max Kasch; "Dig It" music video performed by the cast; "On the set with Louis Sachar"; "The Making of Holes" featurette; Filmmakers' commentary with director Andrew Davis and author/screenwriter Louis Sachar

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver The Warden
Jon Voight Mr. Sir
Patricia Arquette Kissin' Kate Barlow
Tim Blake Nelson Dr. Pendanski
Dulé Hill Sam
Shia LaBeouf Stanley Yelnats
Henry Winkler Stanley's Father
Nate Davis Stanley's Grandfather
Rick Fox Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston
Scott Plank Trout Walker
Roma Maffia Carla Morengo
Eartha Kitt Madame Zeroni
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan Stanley's Mother
Khleo Thomas Zero
Brenden Jefferson X-Ray
Jake M. Smith Squid
Byron Cotton Armpit
Miguel Castro Magnet
Max Kasch ZigZag
Noah Poletiek Twitch
Allison Smith Actor
Damien Luvara Actor

Technical Credits
Andrew Davis Director,Producer
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Lowell D. Blank Producer
Andrew Cahn Art Director
Marty P. Ewing Executive Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Clark Henderson Associate Producer
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Mike Medavoy Producer
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas J. Nordberg Editor
Louise Phillips Executive Producer
Karyn Rachtman Musical Direction/Supervision
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Sachar Screenwriter
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Stephen St. John Cinematographer
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Teresa Tucker-Davies Producer
Jeffery Wolf Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/The Family Curse
2. Welcome to Camp Green Lake
3. Boys of D-Tent
4. The Legend of Kissin' Kate Barlow
5. Digging the First Hole
6. Stanley Yelnats the First
7. Yellow Spotted Lizards
8. A Letter to Mom
9. Onion Sam and Miss Katherine
10. Don't Mess With Caveman
11. Finding Something Special
12. The Deal
13. Miss Katherine's Revenge
14. Mr. Sir's Sunflower Seeds
15. The Warden's Recipe
16. Stanley Teaches Zero to Read
17. Zero Runs Away
18. Stanley Goes After Zero
19. Stanley and Zero Climb "God's Thumb"
20. A Cure for Stinky Feet
21. Zero Confesses
22. Kissin' Kate's Last Stand
23. One More Hole
24. Opening the Chest/End Credits

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Holes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic movie. To be quite honest there was a second there where i didnt want to see it, but when i finally went to see it i found it was exactly the opposite of what i thought. You see what i thought was that the movie was going to stray from the whole point of the book, BUT surprisingly it didn't! I was amazed about how the movie stayed so close to the book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A MUST SEE! GO! GO! BUY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom and I read the book together and thought the book was worth getting the Newberry Award. After reading the book, we thought that since we were finished with the book, we might as well watch the movie. Unlike most movies based on books, I discovered the movie was so close to the book. I learned that nothing is a coincidence, but every single thing in life happens because of destiny. If you are searching for a terrific movie that teaches you moral value, I strongly suggest Holes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book with my fourth grade class last year and after two chapters I had to buy a copy myself so I could read ahead. After I finished the book I rented the movie and I thought it was almost as outstanding as the book. I put this movie #1 on my favorite movies list.
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superheroGJ More than 1 year ago
Its about a boy sent out to the camp were they dig for treasure. it is based on a book and it is good.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Holes fanatic I know Holes is the best movie ever because it is alot like the book and I was dying to know who will be playing the charters I also enjoyed seeing the actors really into the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is totally and unbelievably awesome!!!! it's the coolest and most creative story ever! I wuv the boys (the characters as well as the actors). it was amazing how they chose all the best actors for the characters. they're all so crazy-cute it makes my eyes burn right out of their sockets! I saw this movie six times in the theaters and it never lost its thrill at all. I still got chills at the scary parts and there were a lot of moments where I just want to jump up and scream at the screen. like when mr. sir grabbed squid I was SO close to jumping up and screaming ''LET GO OF HIM YOU MEANIE!'' and every time it ends, it leaves me begging for more. I just sit there shaking, overwhelmed at how the movie made it way past my expectatiions and portrayed the book so well that it was unbelievable. if you enjoyed the book you'll definetly love the movie. it's far better than any other disney movie--and that qualifies as the understatement of the century! yea, I know I'm totally in love with Holes to an unhealthy level....and I'm freakin' proud of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i saw the movie holes i was in awe, man the charactors where great especially Khleo Thomas, he couldn't have done a better job, and also Shia Labeouf! I just couldn't have loved zero more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was really good! It was even better because I'm a big Shia LaBeouf fan so that was great. The way they presented the story with the flashbacks was really great and it was really interesting to watch. This movie isn't good for anyone under 12 or 13 because they probably wouldn't understand most of it. It's a more mature Disney movie so just because it's rated PG doesn't mean that little kids should go to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is seriously the best ever. It's exciting, creative, facinating, heartwarming, hilarious, everything! It also teaches the values of friendship, determination, hard work, persistance, etc. and it has the cutest, most lovable characters ever. And the character development is awesome. It shows how the main character goes from wimpy and timid to strong, assertive and confident. It also proves that anyone who feels weak or inferior can accomplish anything once they put their mind to it. Although it's rather violent and has some bad language, I think it has a wonderful message for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I decided to see this movie, I hadn't read the book yet, so I wasn't sure how it would be. But this movie was excellent. Even my 18 year old sister enjoyed it. It had many good parts and it was also suspenseful. I highly recommend this movie to anyone. I can't wait for this movie to come on dvd, and I keep asking everyone if they've seen it, and to see it because it's just so good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest movies of all time! People of all ages can relate to and love this story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Holes is a great movie and a great book. Whats great about the movie is that it is just like the book unlike many movies. The film is just so terrific!! It's a must see for kids and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Followed the book exactly, except stanley was slim in the beginning
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all I want to say this movie was so awesome I really enjoyed it.I wish it could be a part two.the little boy who played as zero he is going to be the bestest actor there is.I really hope he makes it to the top.He has my suport 100%.I would like to say to the director who wrote the movie script.You done a wonderful job.I only wish I could act in movies and on t.v shows also commercials.I am going to work my way up to the top and be just like him.good luck to all of you dreamers and actors remember dreams only come true if you make it.ONLY if you make it.My dream has not come true but I am not gonna stop untill it happens. Eric Levines age 16 waynesboro,Ga
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie Holes. I especially loved it because it was so close to the book and so filed with excitement and adventure. It was about a boy named Stanley Yelnats that goes to Camp Green Lake and has the adventure of your life. I would reccomend reading the book first. I hope you enjoy this title as much as me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never herd about the book, but when i saw the previews it looked good. So I wnet to see the movie. The movie was so good, I read the book too! the book was also excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS MY FAVORIE SHIA LABEUF DID AN AMAZING JOB IN THIS MOVIE AND SO DID THE REST OF THE CAST THIS MOVIE GETS 2 THUMBS UP I WATCHED THIS MOVIE ALMOST 10 TIMES AND I WILL KEEP WATCHING .... DIG UP AH DIG IT DIG IT UP AHHHHHHHHH
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is great for people of all ages. It combines comedy and an amazing story line that will leave you in awe! The cast also did a great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
holes is a cool movie to watch.everyone need to watch this even grow ups.