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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
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Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A hegyek ura  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$1,299,318 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Aaron's father's car's plate number is 415138. Though his father was out of town with his car for a very long time we saw the same car/plate just outside the house where the party is given after the graduation ceremony. That car can't be there at that moment. 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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Music and Lyrics by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon and, Ray Henderson
Performed by Rudy Vallee
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Great Film
24 January 2004 | by (Bay Area, California) – See all my reviews

I first rented King Of The Hill (1993) back in 1994 and was delightfully surprised at the great quality of the film. First off I am not a fan of Steven Soderbergh and only slightly liked Sex Lies and Videotope. I always seem to rent and see his movies though, hoping that he could return to the form of moviemaking that made this movie. But apparently that is not the case. I don't know how he did it but this is a great film and should be seen by a large audiance. The acting, Writing, direction, and cinemetography are all top notch in this story about a boy making his way through the depression era 1930's. Jessie Bradford turns in an excellent performance as Aaron Kurlander the kid who has to keep his wits at all times. The casting of this film was excellent and even includes a great early performance by Adrien Brody who plays young Aaron's suregate big brother that lives down the hall. A true can't miss for anyone that likes fine cinema.

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