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Poor Stanley Yelnats VI. As a result of a family curse, he's just been convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to a juvenile facility in the middle of the Texas desert. While there, he's met with a nasty overseer, Mr. Sir (Voight, at his best), a proverb-spouting counselor (Nelson), and scariest of all, the Warden (Weaver) an intimidating figure who makes the kids dig holes in the desert to "build character." She's really looking for an Old West outlaw's treasure, and her ancestors' past may be connected to Stanley's family. Faithfully adapted by Sachar, from his own award-winning children's book, the movie keeps all the elements that make the book so popular with the early adolescent crowd: it doesn't talk down to the audience, it has an involving, complex plot, the characters are not caricatures, and it handles real issues with honesty. You won't find that in many movies aimed at any age nowadays.

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Available on Running time 111 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Childhood Visions, Juvenile Delinquents, Deserts, Treasure Hunt, Flashback
Screenplay
Louis Sachar
Cast
Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Shia LaBeouf, Tim Blake Nelson, Dule Hill, Henry Winkler, Nathan Davis, Khleo Thomas, Jake M. Smith, Byron Cotton, Brendan Jefferson, Miguel Castro, Max Kasch, Noah Poletiek, Rick Fox, Scott Plank, Roma Maffia, Eartha Kitt, Siobhan Fallon
Cinematography
Stephen St. John
Director
Andrew Davis
Music
Joel McNeely
Other
Steve Nelson, Karyn Rachtman, Tom Nordberg, Jeffrey Wolf, Andrew Max Cahn, Aggie Guerard Rodgers, Maher Ahmad
Producer
Mike Medavoy, Andrew Davis, Teresa Tucker-Davies, Lowell Blank, Chicago Pacific Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures, Walden Media, Walt Disney Pictures

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Nicholle

When I was in fifth grade, our teacher read this book to us, and I really liked it. I was excited when the movie came out because of how much I liked the book. The movie pretty much takes place at a juvenile camp that has a lot of bad boys there. They have to do nothing but dig holes all day and give up what they find. Stanley got sent there from an old family curse. He and Zig-Zag have an adventure getting out and getting rid of the curse. This is a really good movie for all ages.