Synopsis: "But if you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity." Those were the exact words spoken to young Elya Yelnats the day he forgot to repay Madame Zeroni. From then on his family was cursed with bad luck. One hundred years later Stanley Yelnats IV is accused of stealing a pair of cleats from a major league baseball player and sent to Camp Green Lake (a dry lake bed in the middle of the desert). It never rains at Camp Green Lake, it hasn't for one hundred years. The secretive and mysterious Warden has each inmate spend every day digging one hole to "build character." But when an artifact from the famous "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is found in a hole, the Warden forces the boys to work double time leading Stanley to deduce they're digging because the Warden is looking for something. But what? And how is the mystery of Camp Green Lake connected to Stanley's family curse?
Director(s): Andrew Davis
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  3 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

(SINGING) Dig it, oh-oh-oh, dig it

dig it, oh-oh-oh, yeah

Dig it, oh-oh-oh

Dig it, oh-oh-oh

Dig it, oh-oh-oh, dig it

Dig it, oh-oh-oh, yeah

With broken hands and weathered souls

Emancipated from all you know

You got to go dig those holes

You got to go dig those holes

Dig it, oh-oh-oh, yeah

You got to go dig those holes

Dig it, oh-oh-oh


BOY 1:
Get that straight.

Get that straight.

BOY 2:
Let me tell you, boy,

we're burnin' up back here, man.

This global warmin'.

BOY 3:
Hole in the ozone

is directly above my head.

BOY 1:
The hole's in your head.



BOY 2:
Barf Bag!

-Man, what you doin'?!

-Barf Bag!

It ain't that bad! Come on, man!

Come on, man!

BOY 1:
This ain't funny, Dog.

Get back, Barf Bag, for real!

BOY 4:
Come on!

What are you doin'?!

BOY 2:
Barf Bag, deal with it, baby!

Barf Bag!



All my life, I seemed to be

in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My grandpa, Stanley Yelnats II,

says it's all because

of this 150-year-old curse.

Now, I don't really believe

in the family curse,

but when things go wrong,

it kind of helps if you can

blame it on something.

And for me, things went wrong a lot.


Oh, jeez! Oh!

Grandpa says our destiny is sealed.


Could a pair of shoes falling from the sky

really be part of my destiny?

Come here, boy!

Hold it right there!

Hey, why you runnin'?

Did you steal those shoes?

Officer, I didn't do anything.

Where'd you get those shoes?

What's your name, boy?

St... I'm Stanley. Stanley Yelnats IV.


You see, my father, Stanley Yelnats III,

is an inventor,

and for the last few years,

he's been trying to find a cure...

for foot odor.


I'm glad you're here.

This whole floor smells like stinky feet.


What did you do to my Stanley?

Don't freak out. It's a bruise.

No, it's a bloody mess!

Can I just say right off the bat,

this is a big mistake.

Don't say nothing

until we talk to our lawyer!

You're gonna be sorry

you ever messed with Stanley Yelnats!

Let me see that.

Just don't grab it out of their hands.

-Why not?

-Because you're gonna make 'em angry.

Would you like a piece of cake?

Excuse me.

Do we even have cake?

How about some coffee?

A little cup of coffee?


Now, that is a fine pair of shoes.

Could I just smell your shoe?

How about if you take your shoe off,

and I'll just...


Check the bedroom.

Just a minute!

Where you going?!

This warrant isn't warranted!

This will never hold up in court!


Uh-huh. Here it is.

We got him.

We share the room.

How do you know that's not mine?

-Which bed is yours?

-You don't have to answer that.

We have the right to remain silent.

-Oh, wouldn't that be nice.

-I sleep here.

It's all because of your

no-good, dirty-rotten,

pig-stealing great-great-grandfather.

There is no curse on this family.

There is on the men in this family.

(SINGS) "If only, if only,"

the woodpecker sighs,

Please don't sing that song.

(SINGING) "the bark on the tree

was as soft as the skies."

Please don't sing that song,

not at my table!

Ma, relax.

I don't believe in the curse, anyways.

We're gonna need a damn good lawyer.

We can't afford a lawyer, pop.

We don't need a lawyer, Stanley.

We'll just tell the truth.

Stanley Yelnats, please rise.


Stanley Yelnats IV.

Sit down!


I could send you to jail,

and I would not lose

one bit of sleep over it.


But I don't know what good that would do.

There is currently a vacancy

at Camp Green Lake.

They help troubled youth build character.

The choice is yours.

Camp Green Lake... or jail.


Uh, well,

I never have been to camp before.

Eighteen months, Camp Green Lake, son.

(SINGING) Well, the sun is shinin',

but it don't feel good

Don't smile down on this neighborhood

When I go walkin' through

this stinkin' town

This is why I keep my eyes down

You keep your eyes down

The brotherhood of the misunderstood

Live and die here, in all likelihood

You're livin' in this town,

better pray for sundown

Like all the men, you go downtown

You keep your eyes down

Hey, baby!

You keep your eyes down

You keep your eyes down


You keep your eyes down

Thanks for the ride.

You keep your eyes down


Yo, fresh meat!

So, uh, where's the lake?

Hey, what did I just tell you?

Don't be a wise guy.

Follow me.




Sit down.

What's with the sunflower seeds, man?

I give up smokin'.

Stanley Yelnats...

-...The fourth?


Everyone in my family

names their son Stanley 'cause it's...

Yelnats backwards.

It's like this... it's a little...

It's a...

It's a tradition.


My name is Mr. Sir.

Whenever you speak to me,

you will call me by my name.


Is that clear?

Yes, Mr. Sir.

Do you think that's funny?


No, Mr. Sir.

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Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar ( SAK-ər; born March 20, 1954) is an American young-adult mystery-comedy author. He is best known for the Wayside School series and the award-winner, Holes. Holes won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". In 2013, it was ranked sixth among all children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal. more…

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