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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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Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
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Patrolman Burns
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,476, 20 August 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,299,318
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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 »

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Aaron: True or false? Walter Emmins had to go to the hospital because he played with his belly button so much, that it got infected; and they had to operate.
Mrs. Kurlander: Definitely false!
Aaron: It's true! He's gonna be out of school for three weeks.
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A Hundred Years from Today
(1933)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Joe Young (as Joseph Young)
Performed by Jack Teagarden
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sumptuous period coming-of-age melodrama
18 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Beautifully shot and played, this tale of a young boy coping with the depression better than his father (who has left him alone in seek of work) trips along nicely, detailing the superkid's adventures in thirties America in rich colours and lavish period detail. Although it could be accused of overdoing the rose-tinted spectacles, it's a warm and mellow look at a dark and grimy time, and includes enough unpleasantness to keep that fact in the viewer's mind. Although the hotel-dwelling salesman living on the edge of subsistence is not a new theme, any more than that of the capable child flourishing in adversity, Soderberg brings a timeless quality and a steady, gentle mood to this piece, making it more about the hearts of the people than the tragic times which are displayed. Jesse Bradford, as the central child, and Adrien Brody as his older friend, really shine. Nice.


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