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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
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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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Billy 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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When Aaron and Lester break into the hotel room to find a dress for Aaron to wear in graduation, Lester picks the door lock with a single pocket knife. However no locks can be opened with a single instrument, he should have had at least a wrench too. 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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This film was re-recorded in a Swelltone theater See more »

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Referenced in And Everything Is Going Fine (2010) See more »

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Tiger Rag
(1918)
Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Neglected Little Gem
11 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful movie about an enterprising young man who survives various hardships during the depression. It has a bitter edge but isn't excessive and brings back tales of my grandmother's of how her family coped during the depression. My grandmother's parents were far more functional than the frail ill mother and the traveling salesman father who basically abandons his child to work out of state. I agree with other comments it hardly seems American because it is so deep without smashing the hammer down on our heads. Even though it is harsh I think it is suitable for older children if nothing more than an abject lesson about how real and difficult life really was. The irony is that America still exists to a lesser degree we just don't see it in the movies or on TV.


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