• King of the Hill (1993)

King of the Hill

Release Date: August 20th, 1993

PG-13 |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Aaron (Jesse Bradford), a young boy living in St. Louis during the 1930s, has a deep attachment to his younger brother. After his father (Jeroen Krabbé) leaves them and his mother (Lisa Eichhorn) departs for an asylum, he promises to retrieve his brother from their uncle's custody. In the meantime, he must fend for himself among townspeople and the tenants in the hotel where he lives. Forced to come of age alone, Aaron shifts between the harsh real world and the dream world he creates to cope.

Cast: Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Eichhorn, Karen Allen, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Chrest, Adrien Brody

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Underdog, Hotel, 1930s, Growing up, Mother, Emotional, Charming, Brother, Love, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The narrative is presented in a straightforward manner; Soderbergh doesn't employ any unusual chronologies. His style is frank, not quirky, and lends itself to a number of powerful images. show more

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Fury, I Am a Fugitive, Wild Boys of the Road and Emperor of the North come immediately to mind as definitive Depression movies. This little gem, which may get overlooked, deserves to be on the same list. [20 August 1993, p.5D]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    King of the Hill could have been a family picture, or a heartwarming TV docudrama, or a comedy. Soderbergh must have seen more deeply into the Hotchner memoir, however, because his movie is not simply about what happens to the kid. It's about how the kid learns and grows through his experiences. show more

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