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The Hillz (2004)

R | | Crime, Drama | Video 25 June 2004
A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.

Director:

Saran Barnun (as Saran)

Writer:

Saran Barnun (as Saran)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Heger ... Duff
Jesse Woodrow ... Steve 5
Paris Hilton ... Heather Smith
Jason Shaw Jason Shaw ... Todd
Eric Priestley ... Seb
James DeBello ... Craig
Vince Rimoldi ... T
Silas Gaither ... JJ
Ara Apcar Ara Apcar ... Ahkmel the Cashier
Mike Travis ... Fratboy
Johnny Clark ... Fratboy
Seth McClellan Seth McClellan ... Fratboy
Bob Sattler ... Officer King
Jason Radeck Jason Radeck ... Martin
Shawna Batesole Shawna Batesole ... Liz
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The Hillz is a surreal look at four teenage boys coming of age. This slice-of-life comedic drama is set in an affluent neighborhood of present-day America. The story chronicles these teenagers' pursuit of respect, friends, girls, and the almighty dollar (aka status). After a year away at college, our hero, Steve returns home to find his friends haven't changed, but his old neighborhood is remarkably different. A stellar athlete, Steve is on a high from recently winning the College World Series. He's got his future and he knows it: girls, money and a sure top-ten pick in the Major League draft. The only thing missing is the only thing he can't have: the gorgeous Heather Smith. On a mission to win Heather over, Steve finds himself up against Heather's seemingly perfect boyfriend, Todd. To make matters worse, Steve discovers his beautiful suburban hills have been turned into an ultra-violent drug zone, controlled by his own high school friends. The ruthless gang is led by the sadistic ... Written by anonymous

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All is not quiet up in the suburbs.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$62,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Trivia

The shirt and blue bracelet that Jesse Woodrow's character wears through much of the movie is for the now broken up Los Angeles band, Deadsy. In the commentary, Woodrow and others involved in the movie state this was because they were freinds and/or fans of the band. Also Paris Hilton made some headlines around the early 2000's for at one point having a very brief relationship with the band's lead singer, Elijah Blue Allman (son of Cher and Gregg Allman). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve 5: They say your life flashes before your eyes when faced with death. When it happened to me, nothing came up, 'cause my life was pretty good.
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Connections

References Menace II Society (1993) See more »

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The Shallow People
Written by Stefan Podell, Paul Schicke, Kevin Glasner
Performed by Captain Hawaii and the Shallow People
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Good acting, directing, writing with a low budget
14 March 2005 | by RandallT4See all my reviews

I did not expect a lot out of this film but came away with a strong impression. Rene Heger tackles the role of "Duff" with a fury, showing some fine rage. His intensity builds as the film progresses, the stakes become higher and his interactions with Steve 5 are the finer moments in the film. Kudos to the casting director here. Duff, JJ, T, Steve 5, Seb-I liked what I saw. Paris Hilton.....well, she's basically playing Paris Hilton-lovely to look at. I've watched this flick three times now and it's showing me just what can be done well with am extremely low budget and actors willing to take a chance-evidently many of them working without pay or for nominal amounts. It's rough and a bit cheesy in parts, but it made an impression that is sticking.


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