Trivia / Holes

  • Actor Allusion: In the movie, a bluesy version of "Down To The River To Pray" from O Brother, Where Art Thou? is heard after we're introduced to the "counselor", who was a member of O Brother's Power Trio.
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to Scott Plank (Trout Walker's actor), who died in a car crash in October 2002.
  • Permanent Placeholder: When Louis Sachar was writing the book, he used Stanley Yelnats as a filler name, planning to replace it later with a more normal name. He never did, and the weird name even ended up becoming a plot point.
  • Self-Adaptation: Louis Sachar's draft of Holes almost wasn't used, but ultimately retained, and skewed far closer to the book than the other optioned draft with minimal edits.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Sigourney Weaver's daughter begged her to play the Warden.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Richard Kelly was offered the chance to do this movie. He was replaced when they saw his screenplay, which was set in a post-apocalyptic Crapsack World. It had nothing to do with the book. Just to describe the tip of the iceberg, one of the major changes was that Stanley's crime was Mercy Killing his plague-infected sister instead of stealing a pair of shoes.
    • Kissin' Kate's signature Kiss of Death was originally going to be to wear lipstick made from rattlesnake venom. This was later changed to be the Warden's nail polish.