King of the Hill (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History  |  20 August 1993 (USA)
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A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Kurlander
Mrs. Kurlander
Miss Mathey
Mr. Mungo
Cameron Boyd ...
Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
John McConnell ...
Patrolman Burns
Ella McShane
Mrs. McShane
Billy Thompson
Peggy Freisen ...
Mrs. Thompson
Christina Sebastian


A boy whose mother is forced into a sanitarium and father gets a job as a traveling salesman. The boy fends for himself in a seedy SRO hotel. Written by Mark Allyn <>

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When the world turns upside down, the trick is coming out on top.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$1,299,318 (USA)

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In 1933 Aaron gets the letter for his father marked as from "Works Progress Administration". Works Progress Administration was only established in 1935. See more »


Mr. Kurlander: [sighs] Listen to me, Aaron. You're going to be okay, huh? You're a smart boy. You're very smart. I tell you how smart you are. Once, when you were less than a year old, your mother was in the sanitarium with consumption; and you would cry every night. So, the first few times, I picked you up and you stopped crying. So, I realized you just wanted attention. So, the next time you cried, I got a glass of cold water, and I stood over the crib and I said, 'You see this? This is a glass of cold water...
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Written by Eugene Ford
Period piano song Arranged and Performed by Nathan Birnbaum
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Really enjoyable
24 March 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Everything works with this one. Really interesting and heart-rending story, great characters, fine sets, lighting, costumes, music, excellent acting.

Someone compared this to The Pianist and I see what he means. It reminds me of a movie like Paper Moon, but whereas I disliked the Tatum O'Neal character (stealing from those who could not afford to lose the money), I really like this boy. I also think the pangs of missing family, what it's like to be a child, are more realistically done in this movie than in Paper Moon.

I really can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like this - it's very mainstream, very good - and in contrast to those who say this reminds them of some European movie, I would say it's as American as apple pie.

I highly recommend it. (It also helps that Lisa Eichorn is my favorite living actress - and Karen Allen would be in the top ten).

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