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The Hi-Line (1999)

PG | | Drama | 5 May 2000 (USA)
A scam artist convinces a naive young woman in Whitman, Montana, that she is to be given a job by a major Chicago discount store. However, her dad and mom see through the ruse and tries to ... See full summary »

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Ron Judkins

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Ron Judkins
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ryan Alosio ... Sam Polvino
Tantoo Cardinal ... Singing Bird
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Vera Johnson
Tom Hanson Tom Hanson ... Drinker #2
Rainer Judd ... Martha
Albert J. Kalanick Albert J. Kalanick ... Drinker #1
Margot Kidder ... Laura Johnson
Dana Latsch Dana Latsch ... Owl Bartender
Ron Loney Ron Loney ... Clerk
Stuart Margolin ... Clyde Johnson
Peter Walther Peter Walther ... Drake Bartender
Jolene Willson Jolene Willson ... Drinker #3
Philip Winchester ... Cafe Waiter
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A scam artist convinces a naive young woman in Whitman, Montana, that she is to be given a job by a major Chicago discount store. However, her dad and mom see through the ruse and tries to have him run out of town. At this point, the man confesses that he has a letter from a man who recently died in prison. The letter indicates that the young woman was fathered by him and a woman named Estelle and was placed in this couple's care, which they are forced to admit. This leads the young woman into a search for her real mother, who it turns out is a Blackfoot woman living in the "Hi-Line", a desolate area in Montana. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Did you ever want something really bad... but didn't even know what it was?

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Rated PG for a scene of sensuality, language, brief violence and thematic content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas desiertas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Milk River Company See more »
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A big little movie for realists
14 July 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Hi-Line" is an intelligently crafted, austere, minimalistic drama which tells of a 20 year old woman who encounters a somewhat older man who helps her discover secrets of her past. Shot in shiveringly cold, bleak, and wintery Big Sky country with a small cast, "The Hi-Line" focuses on the Alosio and Cook characters as it trudges through its simple tale of a mismatched pair of self-deprecating people who find common ground in their humanness. Sans all the hype and glitz of Hollywood products, this little sleeper will appeal most to realists.


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