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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas desiertas See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Milk River Company See more »
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Nice Film, Not Great
29 April 2005 | by CedesSee all my reviews

This is a very nice film, there are much better films, and there are much worse films. There's nothing edgy here, nothing remarkable, just a very solid slightly unusual film. If this had been a Hollywood film, everyone would hate it. But given the Indie look, feel, and budget it seems like a better film. Not a bad first effort for the director.

Rachel Leigh Cook really does carry this movie, she is an amazing actress. Ryan Alosio seems to be acting like Mark Ruffalo too much. In fact Ruffalo would have been a better casting choice. The small homages here and there are nice touches. Sadly Rachel's character seems much older than she is, and Alosio seems much younger. The idea that he is an older man from the big city, just doesn't play here at all.

Two other things carry this film - Montana filming and the music. The outdoor cinematography is very good, Montana looks great here. The music is fantastic. I wish Ron Judkins, sound man on so many other films, had gotten the mix right - the music is so much louder and bass heavy compared to the dialog. Sad miss on his part.

Finally - this is no family film. PG is a total misnomer. I'm not sure I'd show this to anyone under 13, the subject matter, some of the language. I wish Mr. Judkins had just given in and made a better film at PG-13 or R rated.


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