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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

Taglines:

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

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
(1932)
Music by George Bassman
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by The Dorsey Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Adrien Brody is a great actor. Soderburg must see this film in order to reinvent his old style.
14 June 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

The good and unique thing about "King of the hill" is that it cannot be pigeonholed. It is neither the run of the mill, hippie dippy graced by the box office Hollywood flick not it is a sensible sample of the American independent movement. It is a film which is rarely made these days. This is because such films are made through a stroke of luck. A must for all the young kids who have ever had a bold direct personal encounter with poverty. Jesse Bradford is a joy to behold. So are Jeroen Krabbe, Splading Gray and Elisabeth Mcgovern. However the crowd puller is the great performance by Adrien Brody. He plays his role with tremendous dedication. Anyone could have easily predicted that he is a star in the making. As far as captain soderburg is concerned. Just a word of advice : kindly reinvent your lost style by watching some of your old films. May be the world might surely benefit due to your watching your own films.


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