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King of the Hill [Blu-ray Boxset] [Criterion Collection]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 3 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • For Steven Soderbergh's third feature film, the acclaimed director adapts A.E. Hotchner's 1972 memoir. Set in 1933 St. Louis, KING OF THE HILL follows 12-year-old Aaron Kurlander (a magnetic Jesse Bradford), a bright, affable boy coming of age during the heart of the American depression. His financially troubled family consists of a salesman father (Jeroen Krabbe) who must leave home to search for employment, a chronically ill mother (Lisa Eichhorn), and a younger brother (Cameron Boyd) who has been sent away to live with relatives. Their home in a poverty-stricken neighborhood is the dank Empire Hotel, where Aaron befriends hotel guests and management, including Lester (Adrien Brody) and Mr. Munco (Spalding Gray). When Aaron's not at school--where he's an honor student and master marble player--he's at the hotel trying to cope with the familial and economic adversities that consume his world and keep his stomach growling. Eventually, the broken family is reunited when Mr. Kurlander secures a job as a clerk, but it is up to Aaron to forgive his father for abandonment if they're to become a family again. Soderbergh films KING OF THE HILL with colorful photography, adding optimism even when things are at their most hopeless.
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  • Credits
    Jesse Bradford, Karen Allen, Jeroen Krabb, Jeroen Krabbe, Lisa Eichhorn, Joseph Chrest, Elizabeth McGovern, Spalding Gray, Katherine Heigl, Amber Benson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Warmth, wit and none of the usual overlay of nostalgia..."
    New York Times

    "...[Soderbergh] has made his best film..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...[Soderbergh] back on track..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...Loving use of period charm..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...KING OF THE HILL has all the rich satisfactions of a fine novel....[A] densely detailed, superbly acted evocation of a resourceful boy's life..."
    Variety

    "...There are real feelings here, and decent performances..."
    Film Comment

    "An almost perfect coming-of-age film, it's based on A.E. Hotchner's memoir of his life as a child during the Depression."
    Wall Street Journal

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