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The Hole (2001)

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.

Director:

Nick Hamm

Writers:

Guy Burt (novel), Ben Court (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Liz
Desmond Harrington ... Mike
Daniel Brocklebank ... Martin
Laurence Fox ... Geoff
Keira Knightley ... Frankie
Embeth Davidtz ... Dr. Philippa Horwood
Steven Waddington ... DCS Tom Howard
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Daisy
Jemma Powell ... Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
Gemma Craven ... Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ... Gillian
Kelly Hunter ... DI Chapman
Maria Pastel Maria Pastel ... Policewoman
Celia Montague Celia Montague ... Solicitor
Kevin Trainor ... Boy in School
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Storyline

One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... Written by RJDL

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The hole will not be opened until 2001. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the shower scene, many of the boys enjoyed being naked while in front of the then 15-year old Keira Knightley. And at the end of the scene, when she tells the young boy to go, that was an improvised moment on her part. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Horwood visits Liz at her house, she pulls up in her car, which is quite dirty. When they leave, her car is sparkling clean. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Dunn: Have you ever loved anyone so much you didn't care what happened to yourself? You just had to be with them. If they look at you, your heart stops. If you feel their breath on your skin, you just ache. Have you ever craved anyone so much you didn't exist any more?
Dr. Philippa Horwood: No.
Elizabeth Dunn: I have.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD has some deleted scenes including:
  • The cops are looking for the four teenagers in the woods. Then one of the cops stands in front of the hole's door and Liz hears a noise and pretends she doesn't hear anything.
  • A one year later-feature where you see a guy sitting behind a computer. Liz comes to sit next to him en says her name is Beth.
  • A different scene where Phillipa pretends she puts the camera off, after Liz told her story Later, she walks outside. Later, when she watches the tape, she sees Liz saying 'Yeah, it's raining bitch'
  • A different beginning featuring alternate camera angles.
  • An extended morgue scene, where you see Phillipa exaiming both bodies instead of one at the time.
  • A different scene where Liz reveals to Mike why she locked them in.
  • An alternative beginning with Liz sitting in a chair having flashbacks about the hole, at the end the door of the hole closes.
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Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Insomnia (Monster Mix
Written by Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo Armstrong), Sister Bliss (as Ayalah Bentovim) and Maxi Jazz
Performed by Faithless
Courtesy of Cheeky Records/Arista Records, Inc.
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Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror
11 August 2003 | by roland-sinnSee all my reviews

The Hole begins slowly and very standardly, but unlike most genre films, it picks up pace after 40 minutes then accelerates towards a smashing ending. Well okay, the ending itself wasn't a great surprise, but I found it satisfying in a B-grade kind of way.

The premise of Hole is pretty mundane. The idea of a group of teenagers going into an old abandoned building or structure for a lark is a stock standard story opener for hundreds of B-grade horror flicks. But then Hole becomes interesting by the re-telling of events from different characters' individual points of view in a manner reminiscent of the 1950 British gem ‘The Woman in Question'. Just who is telling the truth?

The final third of Hole rockets along and the film becomes genuinely frightening. I was especially impressed with the way repercussion of actions and in-actions are graphically shown and not glossed over as so many genre films have a habit of doing.

Hole is not a great film. The acting from the five teenagers is a cut above average, but the direction is pretty heavy handed and not very imaginative. Overall I found Hole a nicely satisfying and genuinely frightening B-grade experience which proves the old adage that says the worst monsters are human beings. It also shows that modern thriller/horror genre films doesn't always have to rely on lashings of special effects and supernaturalism to tell a story effectively.

6/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,158,370 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,819,851
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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