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King of the Hill (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 20 August 1993 (USA)
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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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)
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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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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)

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$1,299,318 (USA)
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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 »

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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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This film was re-recorded in a Swelltone theater See more »


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If I Had a Girl Like You
(1925)
Music and Lyrics by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon and, Ray Henderson
Performed by Rudy Vallee
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Sumptuous period coming-of-age melodrama

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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