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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:
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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 ...
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Lester
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Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
John McConnell ...
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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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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Drama | History

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

20 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Kurlander: Must you wear that filthy thing on your head?
Aaron: Ma, it's a hat. You wear it on your head.
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Soundtracks

Cuban Love Song
(1931)
Music by Jimmy McHugh and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Period piano song Arranged and Performed by Nathan Birnbaum
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Soderbergh's usual technical mastery, but more heart
21 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Soderbergh has risen to the stratosphere of Hollywood enablers, he seems to have replaced character with something else -- odd collections of in-jokes, hand ringing and Oscar-worthy speeches. If he's connected with the pulse of America, he has done so by losing the pulse of his stories. Even his small anti-commercial films seem to have lost their human touch. Oh, they're fun, and technically masterful all -- but looking back only this one suggests the small Satyajit Ray style humanist Soderburgh might have become if he didn't have the mega-hit touch. A part of me mourns the loss, though another part of me imagines how horribly treakly Erin Brockovich would have been with any other helmer. I've spent a lot of good hours watching his works, but only a couple great hours, and this 1 hour and 43 minutes of greatness


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