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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

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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A wonderful film!
9 July 2005 | by JimC-7See all my reviews

What a wonderful film. So evocative of the 1930s.

Jesse Bradford was terrific as the main character. I had the opportunity in 2004 while working as an extra on Oceans 12 in Chicago to tell the director of "King of the Hill", Steven Soderbergh, what a great film he made (He said "thank you"). How did he ever find such a beautiful story and get the job to direct the film? An overlooked classic! I was glad to see recently that Jesse Bradford has been making a career as an adult actor now, appearing in several recent films, and he will be one of the lead characters in Clint Eastwoods's upcoming production, "Flags of our Fathers", due out in 2006. Also, with Jesse's training in film studies in college, I predict that he will turn to directing movies as he gets more experience, and what better mentor than Clint Eastwood! Be sure to see "king of the Hill", i believe you will love it.


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