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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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At approximately 21 minutes, Aaron is having a soda at Billy's house. There is a plate with bread and a cherry pie on the counter behind him. They disappear and reappear from scene to scene for the next minute or so. See more »

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Mr. Mungo: Perhaps you could spare one or two bites for young Aaron.
Aaron: Oh, no. Really, I couldn't.
Lydia: When Aaron here works for his meal the way I did, he can have some.
Mr. Mungo: That wouldn't be feasible.
Lydia: [Sarcastic] With you, who knows?
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Tiger Rag
(1918)
Written by Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Larry Shields, Edwin B. Edwards and Tony Sbarbaro (collectively as The Original Dixieland Jazz Band)
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Soderbergh's usual technical mastery, but more heart
21 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

As Soderbergh has risen to the stratosphere of Hollywood enablers, he seems to have replaced character with something else -- odd collections of in-jokes, hand ringing and Oscar-worthy speeches. If he's connected with the pulse of America, he has done so by losing the pulse of his stories. Even his small anti-commercial films seem to have lost their human touch. Oh, they're fun, and technically masterful all -- but looking back only this one suggests the small Satyajit Ray style humanist Soderburgh might have become if he didn't have the mega-hit touch. A part of me mourns the loss, though another part of me imagines how horribly treakly Erin Brockovich would have been with any other helmer. I've spent a lot of good hours watching his works, but only a couple great hours, and this 1 hour and 43 minutes of greatness


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