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Holes (Widescreen Edition)
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2003     1hr 57min

The award-winning bestseller comes to life in this phenomenally fun, adventure-filled movie starring Emmy Award-winner Shia LaBeouf (Outstanding Performer In A Children's Series, Disney Channel's EVEN STEVENS, 2000). Dogge...  more »


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Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Family Films, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/23/2003
Original Release Date: 04/18/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 04/18/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 57min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 6/30/2014...
A quirky family friendly adventure from Disney stars a young Shia LaBouef (sp?) as a Texas teen sent to an odd juvenile detention camp in the desert, where the inmates are forced to dig holes all day, every day. Eventually, of course, the boys discover that the mysterious "Warden" (Sigourney Weaver) has an ulterior motive for all that digging. Disney safe for the young'ins but weird/unusual enough to keep grownups interested too. If the Coen Brothers ever directed a kids' movie it would probably look something like this.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Patricia S. (acelestialsoul) from HONOLULU, HI
Reviewed on 7/1/2012...
This is an unusual tale that teaches subtle messages about family, loyalty and bravery. It has funny and sad moments. Shia LeBeouf does a great job portraying a boy wrongly accused. Strong supporting child actors make interesting characters. Sigourney Weaver is beleivable as a nutty, obsessed warden of this correctional camp for boys. I would recommend this movie for kids - especially boys - from 7 on up.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Theresa U. (cowfishpro) from ELGIN, IL
Reviewed on 2/21/2011...
The movie Holes is based on the novel of the same name, written by Louis Sacher. I commend the producers of the movie version for creating a film that very closely resembles the content and sequence of the book. This is unusual for books that have been transformed to the big screen. The story line itself is entertaining. It centers on a young man who is accused of stealing a famous athlete’s shoes. As the audience, we travel through various periods in history to watch the full plot unfold and connect. By the end of the story, pieces of historical puzzle fit together, creating a seamless and surprising connection with the fate of the accused young man. The plot is interesting for its own sake, yet the screen play and acting talents add a comical perspective that makes the movie all the more enjoyable. The casting suits the screen play well. Shay LeBoef is convincing in his role of the accused young man. And the surprising, but convincing roles of Segourney Weaver and John Voight contribute to the acting genius. I highly recommend this movie for some light entertainment that also stimulates the mind. Appropriate for young children to adults of all ages.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rory C.
Reviewed on 10/3/2008...
Excellent family movie!
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

sweetmolly | RICHMOND, VA USA | 04/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For the myriads of fans of the book, Good News! Author Louis Sacher did the screen adaptation, and Director Andrew Davis did an excellent job in creating the mood, leading his fine cast of young actors, and being faithful to the spirit and actuality of the book.Stanley Yelnats IV (Shia LaBouf), is a hard-luck boy, not surprising seeing his great-great grandpa had a curse laid on him for eternity by Madam Zeroni (Eartha Kitt). The Yelnats have had a habit of failure ever since. Stanley's Dad, (Henry Winkler) is working (unsuccessfully, of course) on inventing a perfect shoe-deodorizer. Ironically, Stanley is falsely arrested for stealing a great athlete's shoes. He is given a choice of jail or Camp Green Lake. Stanley innocently notes he's never been to camp before so---you just know This Was Not A Good Choice. Camp Green Lake is on a parched and barren desert. The lake disappeared a century before. Stanley is indoctrinated by down-and-dirty bad Mr. Sir (Jon Voight) who informs Stanley his days will be spent digging 5' x 5' holes to build "character" and any misstep will bring him to the Warden's (Sigourney Weaver) attention, a lady who coats her nails with rattlesnake venom.His fellow inmates who like to be known as X-Ray, Armpit, ZigZag and Magnet greet Stanley with hazing and hard times. His only true ally is tiny little Zero (Khleo Castro) who wants Stanley to teach him to read. The day-in-day-out work is filthy, backbreaking and endless. But Stanley is learning some secrets that might permit him to break the age-old curse of the Yelnats.Mr. Davis tells us Stanley and Camp Green Lake's history via flashbacks, and for the most part does a good job keeping the story moving, though it might be overly complex for younger viewers. Jon Voight is priceless as thoroughly bad, gimlet-eyed, bone stupid Mr. Sir. Sigourney Weaver is just shy of psychotic with her barely repressed rage at her situation. The boys are rightly terrified of her. "Holes" has a magnificent arc of a story and culminates in a manner that will have the audience cheering. There are a few scary scenes that might be too much for the viewer under nine, as well as the flashbacks that could be hard to understand. If you have doubts about suitability, read the book both to yourself and the child. That way you have a win/win situation. This is a don't miss movie.
-sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer"
Remains remarkably faithful to the book!
Laura Bellamy | Greensboro, NC United States | 01/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I read "Holes" several years back for a children's literature course I took in college. I highly enjoyed it! It was one of the best books I read in that class.So when they introduced the movie, I was quite interested. Part of me was hopeful it would turn out well, the other part of me was skeptical that it would be anywhere near as good as the book. However, my fears were dashed. This movie was FABULOUS!The story jumps back and forth a little between three different tales -- the story of Elya Yelnats, the main character's "no good, dirty-rotten, pig-stealing great-great-grandfather"; the story of Stanley Yelnats IV himself; and the story of a legendary outlaw, Kissing Kate Barlow. The three stories are interwoven quite ingeniously. In some cases, you aren't completely sure what the connection will be, but then when you find out, it fits perfectly.The story IS slightly altered, of course, as most books-brought-to-movies tend to be. But it very much keeps the spirit of the original book. The boys are very believable -- I especially love Zero! Sigourney Weaver makes a wonderfully nasty warden. And John Voigt does a wonderful insane portrayal of Mr. Sir.This movie will keep you laughing and curious throughout. And if you enjoyed the book, you'll like this film!"
What's not to like?
L. Quido | Tampa, FL United States | 05/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Popular children's author Louis Sachar converts his most intricate book into a screenplay, and director Andrew Davis, in collaboration, brings it gloriously to the big screen! Although I'm surrounded by a sea of terrific young 11 and 12 year old reviewers, "Holes" is for everyone!A young cast of actors, all talented, couples with Jon Voight as the over-the-top Camp Greenlake superintendent, "Mr. Sir".
Greenlake is a juvenile detention camp in the desert, and while conditions there are pretty oppressive, they are downplayed enough to make the movie safe for 9 and 10 year old viewers, as well. The charm of the book, and also the movie, is to tell the tale of the Yelnats clan, revolving it around young Stanley Yelnats IV's incarceration for something he didn't do. Flashback is used to revisit the era that both Stanley's great-grandfather and grandfather lived in. These flashback scenes, amazingly, focus not on the Yelnats, but more on the women who inflicted the family curse on them, arising in terrific roles for Eartha Kitt (as gypsy Madam Zeroni) and stagecoach robber Kissin' Kate
Barlow (played by the luminous and talented Patricia Arquette).Modern day is not without its own bad girl, with Sigourney Weaver as the Warden, who rules the camp with an iron fist. The Warden has her own agenda for the holes that the boys are forced to dig in the desert, and she's quirky, evil, and larger than life, looming over Voight and "Dr."(Tim Blake Nelson). Weaver's "Ex-c-uuuuuu-se Me?" line, used over and over in the film, is terrifying!The audience is caught up in the action from the opening screen, and given a couple of young anti-heroes that are worth their weight in gold. A cameo by the irresistible Dule Hill from "The West Wing", is also notable."Holes" is perhaps the best family film of the last couple of years, and an outstanding example of what good filmmaking is all about!Highly recommended for sheer enjoyment!"