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Holes [DVD] [2003] [US Import] [NTSC]

Shia LaBeouf , Sigourney Weaver , Andrew Davis    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Khleo Thomas
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Writers: Louis Sachar
  • Producers: Andrew Davis, Clark Henderson, Louis Phillips, Lowell D. Blank, Marty P. Ewing
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009XUM5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,633 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Holes is a scrupulously faithful adaptation of Louis Sachar's book Holes and should delight the book's fans. After being wrongly found guilty of stealing a pair of sneakers, Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) gets sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility in the bed of a long-gone dry Texas lake. There--under the watchful eye of overseer Mr Sir (a zesty Jon Voight), sneakily mean therapist Dr Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson), and the cool and cruel Warden (Sigourney Weaver)--Stanley and dozens of other delinquents are forced to dig an endless series of holes that the warden hopes will lead her to a precious secret left behind by a long-dead female outlaw (Patricia Arquette). Sachar's book is beloved for its vivid characters and suspenseful plot; by sticking close to its source, Holes has become a dynamic, exciting and surprisingly touching movie. --Bret Fetzer

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Weaver/Voight/Arquette/Nelson ~ Holes

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Excuse me?' 18 July 2005
By A Customer
I haven't read the book and rented this movie based on the excellent reviews in the national papers when the film was on cinema release. I was a bit wary that it might be a cheesy, Disney kids film but I was very pleasantly surprised.
'Holes' starts off as the story of a boy called Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) who, in the tradition of his family's run of bad luck, is falsely accused of stealing some shoes and is sent to camp in lieu of prison. The camp is a desolate place on the site of a lake which dried up (now just desert) and the camp philosophy is that the boys sent there spend each day digging holes in the sand to 'build character'. The camp staff (Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson) are harsh and the camp atmosphere tough. However, it soon becomes apparent that the camp warden (a feminine but mean Sigourney Weaver) has another intention for the hole digging. Slowly, Stanley uncovers the mystery of the camp while trying to gain respect from his fellow inmates and the story of Stanley's family and the now dry lake is gradually revealed.
The story is quite complicated and much is revealed in flashbacks. You need to keep up with all the connections which are exposed to really appreciate the ending. However, the acting all round is excellent, with the unknown cast of boys really making an impact, particularly LaBeouf and Khleo Thomas who plays Zero. The adult actors provide excellent backup and the supporting stories are nicely told. This story has love, redemption and mystery - stick with it and you will be rewarded!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film for all the family 22 Mar 2004
This adaptation of Louis Sachars book is one of the best efforts that Disney have done in a long time.A great movie following the fortunes of the unlucky Stanley Yelnats who is convicted of stealing a pair of sneakers and is sent to Camp Greenlake which is run by Mr Sirand the Warden(brilliantly played by Jon Voight and Sigourney Weaver) ,the kids at the camp are taken into the desert and have to dig a hole each day ,this brings in the 2nd part of the movie which flashes back 100 years and brings in Stanleys great-great grandfather and intertwines his family with that of the wardens and one of the other kids in the camp Zero who is picked on by the others but forms a friendship with Stanley.
The performances in this movie are great there isnt a duff one in the whole movie and the story zips backwards and forwards in time and will be entertaining enough for the whole family a definite recommendation.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adaptation of the book 6 Nov 2006
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
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This is a brilliant family movie which you will enjoy whether or not you have read the book by Louis Sachar. Stanley Yelnats (spell the surname backwards!) and his family have perpetual bad luck as the result of a curse that was put on his ancestors when they lived in East Europe, before they came to the States. As a result of a typical piece of misfortune, Stanley ends up at the Camp Greenlake correctional facility. But there is no lake - just a desert, in which the boys have to dig holes day after day. Gradually the mystery of the hole-digging is revealed and Stanley is the hero of the day. The camp staff are wonderfully horrible (Sigorney Weaver and Jon Voigt) and the whole thing is so well made it's a joy to watch. Although many parts are extremely funny there are many moving bits too (but not cheesy). It is much quirkier than other Disney movies, and suitable for ages 8 and up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brill Movie 12 May 2007
I read the book of Hole's at school and my teacher said if you got the movie you would understand every thing more. I got the Movie and put it on and soon all my family came in! They loved it, it's a great family film and I would tell you to buy it and see what you think.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff 29 Feb 2008
By b.lops
Didn't know what to expect which was probably a blessing as on paper I wouldn't have chosen it. Watched it with my 7 year old and was surprised that he followed the story as I thought it was quite complicated for someone of that age. Just goes to show what I know and that children are capable of more than we adults give them credit for! He enjoyed it so much that he watched it again the following day and the day after that! It came out of it's case again at Christmas for a group of boys and everyone of them loved it. From an adult perspective I thought it was great, not your predictable children's fodder that you can have a nap half way through and not miss anything. This is a clever, well acted film particularly for boys.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie! 11 Mar 2004
When Stanley Yelnats IV (played by Shia LaBeouf of "Even Stevens") is struck in the head by a pair of dropped shoes, and is subsequently tried for stealing them, his family is not surprised. The family has been cursed by bad luck, since Stanley's great grandfather (Stanley Yelnats I) failed to fulfill his end of an agreement with a gypsy (Eartha Kitt!). And so, Stanley finds himself whisked off to a juvenile corrections camp, where the young inmates spend their days digging holes - 5' diameter, 5' deep holes.
There's something awfully strange going on here. The warden (Sigourney Weaver) and her goons are looking for something, something that they dare not reveal. But, what is it? Ah, destiny is at work here and curses upon curses, and only one Stanley Yelnats can set things right! [Color, released in 2003, with a running time of 1 hour, 57 minutes.]
I must admit that when my kids wanted to see this movie in the theatre, I was more than happy to send them off with a cousin, as the movie did not look interesting to me. Well, I sure am kicking myself now! This is a great movie!
I loved the story of this movie, which seemed complicated at first, involving as it does so many flashbacks, but quickly sorted itself into a pattern which brought the story along quite nicely. Also, the anti-racism subplot was very well designed. I enjoyed the acting ability demonstrated in the movie (and now think that Shia LaBeouf has quite a future ahead of him!). And, I enjoyed the scenery. Overall, I must say that this is one fine movie, mainly designed for youngsters, but a great movie for adults, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
The kids watched this over and over again, loved it.
Published 5 days ago by Elite One :0)
5.0 out of 5 stars ... with my 9 year old son and we both loved it, the film did not...
I read the book with my 9 year old son and we both loved it, the film did not disappoint us. The film was true to the book and very enjoyable.
Published 8 days ago by Elaine R.
4.0 out of 5 stars We dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig…
Disney produce and Andrew Davis directs this wonderful adaptation of Louis Sachar’s Holes. Miscreant youths are sent to Camp Green Lake for character building, the bulk of which... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
A fantastic product, exactly what you wish for. Its defiantly worth all the money you buy it for, you couldn't find it cheaper anywhere else!
Published 22 days ago by mrs m j selsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
My son said about reading the book at school so I bought the DVD for him.

He loved it and has watched it many times.

Really great price too.
Published 29 days ago by C. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation
My 10 year old loved the book and we thought the film wouldn't come close but the film didn't stray far from the book apart from a couple of disneyisms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by boverton
4.0 out of 5 stars Film I've always enjoyed.
Always been a fan of Holes and went my Nans and she was watching it and it brought back memories. I had to buy it for the price I paid for and I still like this film now.
Published 2 months ago by kallumsmart
5.0 out of 5 stars brill !
I bought this for my twin daughters as they love this film I think they have watched it about a dozen times already
Published 2 months ago by LNDA
5.0 out of 5 stars A great dramatisation of the book
The book is fantastic and this film did it justice; a good adaptation and cast. A great one for all of the family,
Published 2 months ago by A Mum on the Run
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the list.
This film is way at the top of my go to list for my favourite movies!
I watch it alone, with friends or family. I watch it when I'm bored, or when I want a laugh. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KJSR
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