King of the Hill

King of the Hill

Directed by Steven Soderbergh • 1993 • United States
Starring Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Eichhorn

For his first Hollywood studio production, Steven Soderbergh (whose independent debut, SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, had won the Palme d’Or at Cannes a few years earlier) crafted this small jewel of a growing-up story. Set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, KING OF THE HILL follows the daily struggles of a resourceful and imaginative adolescent who, after his younger brother is sent to live with a relative and his tubercular mother to a sanitarium, must survive on his own in a run-down hotel during his salesman father’s long business trips. This evocative period piece, faithfully adapted from the A. E. Hotchner memoir, is among the versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films.

King of the Hill
  • King of the Hill

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh • 1993 • United States
    Starring Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Eichhorn

    For his first Hollywood studio production, Steven Soderbergh (whose independent debut, SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, had won the Palme d’Or at Cannes a few years earlier) crafted this small jew...

Extras

  • Steven Soderbergh on KING OF THE HILL

    This interview with director Steven Soderbergh was conducted in October 2013.

  • A.E. Hotchner on KING OF THE HILL

    KING OF THE HILL is an adaptation of the first of novelist and playwright A. E. Hotchner’s memoirs, published in 1972. In this interview, conducted in September 2013, Hotchner, ninety-three, reflects on his years growing up in St. Louis just after the Depression.

  • Against Tyranny

    In this visual essay on Steven Soderbergh’s early works, filmmaker : : kogonada looks at the director’s distinct approach to the representation of mental states—an approach that he would continue to refine over his twenty-five year career in film.

  • KING OF THE HILL Deleted Scenes

    The six scenes featured here include alternate takes and material cut in the final stages of editing.

  • Steven Soderbergh on THE UNDERNEATH

    In this interview, conducted in October 2013, director Steven Soderbergh offers a surprising perspective on THE UNDERNEATH, his fourth feature.