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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.

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Cast

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Liz
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DCS Tom Howard
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Daisy
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Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
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Mrs. Dunn
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Gillian
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Maria Pastel ...
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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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An exclusive invitation. An excuse to party. But deep in the darkness lie their worst fears. The truth will be buried unless they survive...the hole. 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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20 April 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (United Kingdom), 22 April 2001, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Keira Knightley was actually 15 when this film was shot. See more »

Goofs

When Liz is wailing in the tunnel and a hooded Mike appears, the string pull on her hoodie appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

Martyn: Liz and Frankie are almost the same person. Boring, vain, shallow enough to paddle in.
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Connections

References American Beauty (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Always Remember To Respect And Honour Your Mother (Part1) (Rollo Mix)
Written by Dido (as Dido Armstrong), Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo Armstrong) and Mark Bates
©By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd./BMG Music Publishing Ltd./Cheeky Music
Performed by Dusted
Courtesy of Go!Beat/Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission of The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Not as advertised but a solid little thriller none the less
14 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Liz stumbles towards her boarding school, bloodied and shaken up after being missing for several days. She tells the police psychologist of a party in a hidden bunker planned for her and three friends by her friend Martin. However when Martin doesn't return things turn nasty in the bunker. However when Martin is found by the police he tells a very different story. Slowly the true events are retold in flashback.

I saw the trailers for this and assumed it was another teen slasher – I didn't even know it was set in Britain until someone told me. I think the trailer is an example of a studio unsure of how to sell a product and just plumping for the lowest common denominator. However this film rises above that. Instead of being a slasher or a horror it is a thriller with a horror twist. This makes it better – it may not be as scary as you expect but it is a better story and is creepy rather than schlocky!

The cast are good despite being young. The weaknesses come in with the adult cast – especially the cops who have clearly watched too much Sweeney! However the teens are good and are more than the sort of fodder that is put in teen movies.

Overall this is not what you expect. But it is better than you'd think. The thriller story is gripping because you're not sure what happened in the bunker until the end and I had questions answered as I went. Not great but certainly better than another teen slasher movie.


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