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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.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

A.E. Hotchner (memoir), Steven Soderbergh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Bradford ... Aaron
Jeroen Krabbé ... Mr. Kurlander
Lisa Eichhorn ... Mrs. Kurlander
Karen Allen ... Miss Mathey
Spalding Gray ... Mr. Mungo
Elizabeth McGovern ... Lydia
Cameron Boyd ... Sullivan
Adrien Brody ... Lester
Joe Chrest ... Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
John McConnell ... Patrolman Burns
Amber Benson ... Ella McShane
Kristin Griffith ... Mrs. McShane
Chris Samples ... Billy Thompson
Peggy Freisen Peggy Freisen ... Mrs. Thompson
Katherine Heigl ... Christina Sebastian
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When the world turns upside down, the trick is coming out on top.

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hegyek ura See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,476, 20 August 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,299,318
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the author A.E. Hotchner's book " Paul and Me" ( about his lifetime friendship and business partnership with Paul Newman) he says that "King of the Hill" is his own autobiography. Newman asked him to write a screenplay from it, so they could produce the film, but Hotchner said he just couldn't do it, implying he was too close to it... the story of his parents, and himself as a child. Paul Newman replied... "A Pity". Then Hotchner goes on to mention that this film, Steven Soderbergh's version, produced by Robert Redford, was excellent, named one of the top ten films of the year, and praised the remarkable performance of 14 yr old Jesse Bradford. See more »

Goofs

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

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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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Mario Party 8 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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
18 June 2001 | by thehumanduvetSee 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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