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Hungry Hills (2009)

It's the mid-twentieth century in rural Saskatchewan. The Mandolin family is considered different and thus unwanted in their community. After young teenager Snit Mandolin's father commits ... See full summary »

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Rob W. King

Writers:

Gary Fisher, George Ryga (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Keir Gilchrist ... Snit Mandolin
Alexander De Jordy ... Johnny Swift
Alexia Fast ... Robin
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Ray Kane
Gabrielle Rose ... Aunt Matilda
Cavan Cunningham ... Lewis Whittles
Leo Fafard ... Bootlegger
Lyndon Bray Lyndon Bray ... Mr. Swift
Graham Chabot Graham Chabot ... Donny
Shawn C. Orr ... Shift Supervisor
Sam Acton King ... Orderly (as Sam Acton)
Troy Skog Troy Skog ... Man #1
Ron Anderson Ron Anderson ... Man #2 (as Ron James Anderson)
Ian Brodland Ian Brodland ... Man (as Ian Broadland)
Shauna Gingras Shauna Gingras ... Woman
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It's the mid-twentieth century in rural Saskatchewan. The Mandolin family is considered different and thus unwanted in their community. After young teenager Snit Mandolin's father commits suicide, some in the community, led by grocery store owner Lewis Whittles, feel their beliefs about the Mandolins are strengthened, and thus make arrangement through their paid help, Ray Kane, who acts as the sole law enforcement person in the area, to take Snit away forcibly to a group home, where he is abused. Snit is eventually able to escape from the group home, he knowing that they will not come after him in that he is seen as only one in many faceless boys in the home. Snit makes his way back to the family farm, where his Aunt Matilda still lives. Partly because she has been continually taunted as a crazy woman, she has been unable to maintain the farm which requires much work to make it once again productive. Initially declining the offer, Snit ultimately agrees to go into business on a fifty/... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Western

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George Ryga's Hungry Hills See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Budget:

CAD1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The last scene was shot over the period of a single night in which cast and crew were treated to classically unpredictable Saskatchewan weather. In no particular order, they experienced rain, hail, sleet, snow, and strong winds. See more »

Connections

References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta
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Could have been a great film, but fails terribly
16 September 2014 | by rioplaydrumSee all my reviews

20 minutes in and I was bored to tears. This film was released in 2009, and has only garnered for itself TWO other reviews, and those were written be professional hacks no doubt connected to the film virtually begging for other people to 'Go! Go see it!'. Please.

I say it could have been a great film because the sets, landscapes, and cinematography are excellent. Just one problem (two or three actually), the script is terrible and about as believable as Dan Quayle showing up on your TV late at night asking for money to help support the G.O.P..

The dialog between characters holds no water, scenes are jammed together about as seamless as a car accident, and no one in their right mind gives a damn what happens to anybody by the end of the film.

I can't know for sure, but I strongly suspect this film went financially bust 6 months in, leaving all the Galley Slaves to present a glorious turkey to the movie going public, pieced together by scraps carelessly dropped on the floor.

Well, it was a turkey...

I only hope the young Keir Gilchrist's acting career isn't completely disabled by this total bomb of a movie. I did see quite a bit of potential for this young man, but it didn't (couldn't) come out here.

Just awful.


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