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The Hi-Line (1999)

PG | | Drama | 5 May 2000 (USA)
A scam artist convinces a naive young woman in Whitman, Montana, that she is to be given a job by a major Chicago discount store. However, her dad and mom see through the ruse and tries to ... See full summary »

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Ron Judkins

Writer:

Ron Judkins
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ryan Alosio ... Sam Polvino
Tantoo Cardinal ... Singing Bird
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Vera Johnson
Tom Hanson Tom Hanson ... Drinker #2
Rainer Judd ... Martha
Albert J. Kalanick Albert J. Kalanick ... Drinker #1
Margot Kidder ... Laura Johnson
Dana Latsch Dana Latsch ... Owl Bartender
Ron Loney Ron Loney ... Clerk
Stuart Margolin ... Clyde Johnson
Peter Walther Peter Walther ... Drake Bartender
Jolene Willson Jolene Willson ... Drinker #3
Philip Winchester ... Cafe Waiter
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A scam artist convinces a naive young woman in Whitman, Montana, that she is to be given a job by a major Chicago discount store. However, her dad and mom see through the ruse and tries to have him run out of town. At this point, the man confesses that he has a letter from a man who recently died in prison. The letter indicates that the young woman was fathered by him and a woman named Estelle and was placed in this couple's care, which they are forced to admit. This leads the young woman into a search for her real mother, who it turns out is a Blackfoot woman living in the "Hi-Line", a desolate area in Montana. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Did you ever want something really bad... but didn't even know what it was?

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a scene of sensuality, language, brief violence and thematic content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas desiertas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Milk River Company See more »
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Color
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saw it at Sundance, loved it-
6 April 1999 | by dpersonSee all my reviews

the Hi-Line is a small simple narrative of two damaged souls caught up in a delicate dance of approach and avoidance in an original love story. Set against the bleak, wintry backdrop of a small town in northern Montana, this story is tender and truthful and completely unpredictable. The closing scene in the ballroom of Chicago's Drake Hotel is memorable, poetic and touching, a magic movie moment Rachel Leigh Cook and Ryan Alosio are wonderful.


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