King of the Hill (film)
|King of the Hill|
|Directed by||Steven Soderbergh|
|Produced by||Albert Berger
|Written by||A. E. Hotchner
Steven Soderbergh (screenplay)
|Music by||Cliff Martinez
Michael Glenn Williams
|Editing by||Steven Soderbergh|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 20, 1993|
|Running time||109 minutes|
King of the Hill is Steven Soderbergh's third feature film, released in 1993, and the second he directed from his own screenplay following his 1989 Palme d'Or-winning film Sex, Lies, and Videotape. It too was nominated for the Palme d'Or, at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
Plot summary 
Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant and traveling salesman working for the Hamilton Watch Company, is off on long trips from which the boy cannot be certain he will return.
Jesse Bradford, who was 14 at the film's release, plays the protagonist. The supporting cast includes Jeroen Krabbé, Karen Allen, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth McGovern, Katherine Heigl, and Adrien Brody. Lauryn Hill also appears in a small part as an elevator operator, her first screen role.
The music was composed by Cliff Martinez, and includes piano work and cues from classical composer Michael Glenn Williams. Martinez's score is restrained and understated, well suited to the nature of the film. Williams' cue for the graduation scene for solo piano, was notable in that it was the basis for his tone poem for Henry Cowell.
- Jesse Bradford - Aaron
- Jeroen Krabbé - Mr. Kurlander
- Lisa Eichhorn - Mrs. Kurlander
- Karen Allen - Miss Mathey
- Spalding Gray - Mr. Mungo
- Elizabeth McGovern - Lydia
- Cameron Boyd - Sullivan
- Adrien Brody - Lester
- Joe Chrest - Ben
- John McConnell - Patrolman Burns
- Amber Benson - Ella McShane
- Kristin Griffith - Mrs. McShane
- Chris Samples - Billy Thompson
- Peggy Freisen - Mrs. Thompson
- Katherine Heigl - Christina Sebastian
- Lauryn Hill - Elevator Operator
- "Festival de Cannes: King of the Hill". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
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