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 »
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 »
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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This film was re-recorded in a Swelltone theater See more »
Adrien Brody is a great actor. Soderburg must see this film in order to reinvent his old style.
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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