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King of the Hill (1993)

 -  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

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Aaron
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Mr. Kurlander
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Mrs. Kurlander
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Miss Mathey
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Mr. Mungo
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Lydia
Cameron Boyd ...
Sullivan
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Lester
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Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
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Patrolman Burns
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Ella McShane
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Mrs. McShane
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Billy Thompson
Peggy Freisen ...
Mrs. Thompson
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Christina Sebastian
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Storyline

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 <allyn@netcom.com>

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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 »
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20 August 1993 (USA)  »

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King of the Hill  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,299,318 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Mr. Mungo: Perhaps you could spare one or two bites for young Aaron.
Aaron: Oh, no. Really, I couldn't.
Lydia: When Aaron here works for his meal the way I did, he can have some.
Mr. Mungo: That wouldn't be feasible.
Lydia: [Sarcastic] With you, who knows?
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This film was re-recorded in a Swelltone theater See more »


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Rain
(1927)
Written by Eugene Ford
Period piano song Arranged and Performed by Nathan Birnbaum
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A wonderful film!
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful film. So evocative of the 1930s.

Jesse Bradford was terrific as the main character. I had the opportunity in 2004 while working as an extra on Oceans 12 in Chicago to tell the director of "King of the Hill", Steven Soderbergh, what a great film he made (He said "thank you"). How did he ever find such a beautiful story and get the job to direct the film? An overlooked classic! I was glad to see recently that Jesse Bradford has been making a career as an adult actor now, appearing in several recent films, and he will be one of the lead characters in Clint Eastwoods's upcoming production, "Flags of our Fathers", due out in 2006. Also, with Jesse's training in film studies in college, I predict that he will turn to directing movies as he gets more experience, and what better mentor than Clint Eastwood! Be sure to see "king of the Hill", i believe you will love it.


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