King of the Hill
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.
- Genre: Drama, History
- Studio: Gramercy Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Bona Fide Productions
- Keyword: hotel, great depression, canary, based on memoir or autobiography, tuberculosis, traveling salesman, marbles, elevator operator, bellboy, lock child, living alone, st. louis, against the odds, epileptic seizure, understanding, children home alone
- Cast: Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Eichhorn, Karen Allen, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth McGovern