King of the Hill

King of the Hill

Jesse Bradford
Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Jesse Bradford
Jesse Bradford
, Jeroen Krabbé
Jeroen Krabbé
, Lisa Eichhorn
Lisa Eichhorn
Steven Soderbergh

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Steven Soderbergh, after the success of sex, lies, and videotape and the commercial failure of Kafka, pulls a rabbit out of his hat with this quiet and evocative recollection of a childhood lived in the Depression, based on A. E. Hotchner's memoir. Twelve-year-old Aaron Kurlander (Jesse Bradford) is coming of age in a rotting working class section of St. Louis in 1933. As the film begins, Aaron's family is coming apart at the seams due to the increasingly bleak economy. His father (Jeroen Krabbe) ekes out a living with a series of failed sales jobs as the family lives in the dilapidated Empire Hotel in a seamy section of town. When his younger brother (Cameron Boyd) is sent to live with relatives to save expenses, his consumptive mother (Lisa Eichhorn) goes away to a sanitarium and his father abandons him to sell watches in Iowa. At first Aaron retreats into a concocted fantasy world but he gradually becomes drawn into the shattered lives of the tenants of the hotel. Aaron sees the rotting social fabric laid bare and discovers he must temper his childhood dreams with the hard-hitting realities of adult existence.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
UPC: 0715515114110
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG-13
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1A
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:43:00

Special Features

New interviews with Soderbergh and source memoir author A. E. Hotchner Against Tyranny, an new visual essay by filmmker :: kogonada exploring Soderbergh's unique approach to narrative The Underneath (1995), Soderbergh's follow-up feature to King of the Hill, with a new interview with the director Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Bradford Aaron Kurlander
Jeroen Krabbé Mr. Kurlander
Lisa Eichhorn Mrs. Kurlander
Karen Allen Miss Mathey
Spalding Gray Mr. Mungo
Elizabeth McGovern Lydia
Joseph Chrest Ben
Adrien Brody Lester
Cameron Boyd Sullivan
Chris Samples Billy Thompson
Katherine Heigl Christina Sebastian
Amber Benson Ella McShane
John McConnell Patrolman Burns
Ron Vawter Mr. Desot
John Durbin Mr. Sandoz
Lauryn Hill Arletta
David Jensen Front Desk Clerk
Deborah Aquila Actor
Timothy Bottoms Actor
Geraldine Fitzgerald Actor
Kristin Griffith Mrs. McShane
Remak Ramsay Principal Stellwater
Don Richard Mr. Farley
Mak Takano Mr. Yano
Jesse Zeigler Jealous Kid

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Albert Berger Producer
Lynn D'Angona Asst. Director
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
John Hardy Executive Producer
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director
Allen Kupetsky Asst. Director
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Maltby Producer
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Elaine Offers Makeup
Bill Rea Art Director
J.D. Street Special Effects
Ron Yerxa Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King of the Hill
1. Charles Lindbergh: American Hero [4:40]
2. Lessons For Sullivan [4:22]
3. Sacrifices [5:53]
4. "True Or False?" [1:27]
5. Marbles And Canaries [5:48]
6. Opportunities [4:19]
7. A Concerned Teacher [3:16]
8. Mom's Illness [3:49]
9. A Bad Day Of Caddying [2:08]
10. Ella [4:02]
11. Dinner With Dad [2:44]
12. First-Time Driver [4:17]
13. Dad's New Job [4:18]
14. Necessary Resourcefulness [4:53]
15. Graduation [8:43]
16. Billy's Party [3:20]
17. Eviction Notice [1:17]
18. Mr. Mungo [7:25]
19. Darkest Days [6:42]
20. Reunited [5:14]
21. Family [5:48]
22. Chapter 22 [8:40]
1. Color Bars
1. Chapter 1 [18:56]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
1. Chapter 1 [20:41]
2. Chapter 2 [:27]
Disc #2 -- The Underneath
1. Chapter 1 [22:04]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
1. Returning Home [4:48]
2. Family Reunion [4:00]
3. Rachel [3:32]
4. Catching Up [5:52]
5. Perennial Armored Car [3:32]
6. Money Problems [1:19]
7. New Job [1:07]
8. Tough Times At Home [1:36]
9. Mom's Wedding [2:00]
10. Impulse Purchases [3:57]
11. Second Chance? [4:09]
12. The Girl From The Bus [4:34]
13. Office Intrigue [2:06]
14. A Message For Rachel [3:30]
15. A Plan To Meet [2:04]
16. Bad Bet [3:06]
17. Unlikely Partnership [8:22]
18. Heist Details [4:22]
19. The Plan Proceeds [4:51]
20. Questions Emerge [7:26]
21. Mr. Rodman [8:53]
22. Double Cross [7:52]
23. Out Of Luck [5:54]
1. Color Bars [:20]

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