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The Hi-Line [DVD] (1999)

Rachael Leigh Cook , Ryan Alosio , Ron Judkins    Parental Guidance   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Rachael Leigh Cook, Ryan Alosio, Margot Kidder, Tantoo Cardinal, Stuart Margolin
  • Directors: Ron Judkins
  • Writers: Ron Judkins
  • Producers: Barbara Boyle, Collin Phillips, Martin Cohen, Michael Taylor, Molly M. Mayeux
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Disc Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0000505HS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,540 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Vera Johnson (Rachael Leigh Cook) is bored with life in her small Montana town; two years after leaving college, she is still living with her parents. However, when Sam Polvino (Ryan Alosio) walks into her life, all that changes. Sam uses his charm to convince Vera that she has obtained a job in a big Chicago store, but her parents make her see that he is nothing but a con artist. Sam then comes clean; he has in his possession a letter from a man who died in prison, claiming that he was Vera's real father, and that the people she thinks are her parents took her in when she was abandoned as a baby.

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She is definitely all that! Vera Johnson is two years out of high School but still lives with her parents. Wasting time with meaningless jobs, she dreams of life beyond the limits of her small Montana town. When a young stranger walks into her life, bearing a horrible dark secret, it will turn her world upside down forever!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie 6 April 2001
By A Customer
Backed up by a fantastic musical score and an enchanting story, The Hi-Line is a tale about a woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The story contributes to an overall moody feeling along with the conversations which are minimal and notable for their long silences. Ironically, this is drowned out with the compositions by Jon Huck in the emotional scenes. Of course, it ends with the trademark "happy ending" which comes unexpected but is welcome. The real gem though is the Montana countryside; it's as hushed, forbidding and chilly as the characters it cloisters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicate Balance 2 Sep 2002
By Theodore C Nicholas - Published on
Ron Judkins' directorial debut is a deceptively simple story of a naive Montana woman, Vera (Rachael Leigh Cook) who is told she is adopted. She is approached by a sleazy, but sad-eyed man named Sam (Ryan Alosio) who was given the ashes of her recently dead father and told to find his daughter. This is a character driven story, similar to films like "You Can Count on Me," where the screenplay doesn't focus on plot so much as how characters react to what is happening, and the plot follows. In the case of this film, it works nicely. Both Sam and Vera are complex characters in a love story that doesn't work on melodrama. When Vera discovers that she never knew her mother, she decides to go find her. And Sam decides reluctantly to go with her. Few films use such stark dialogue, with such sad undertones, but this is a quiet film. It uses dialogue only when the characters truly mean to talk. The cinematography by Wally Pfister is stunning, showing the hauntingly barren but mysteriously beautiful back drops of Montana. This is a very nice film that deserves viewing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best American Independent Films of 1999 17 Aug 2001
By Fetzer Mills Jr. - Published on
This is one of the best American independent films that I saw in 1999. I saw it at the Austin Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. Filmed in Montana along the old railroad rout known as The Hi-line, this movie's setting gives it a bleak and poetic ambience. The film's setting almost functions as a character itself. It walks the tightrope without falling into the sappiness that so many romances do. This film is an actor's script with outstanding performances by Rachel Lee Cooke, Ryan Alosio, Margot Kidder and Tantoo Cardinal. It's well worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking film about the way it is 21 Aug 2001
By Markai - Published on
In New York, we tend to get arrogant about the 'country life', and I didn't expect to enjoy this film when my wife forced me to watch it --but something about the honesty of the story, the beauty of the filming, and the cool soundtrack won me over. The Hi-Line rocks whether you're from Brooklyn or Bozeman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hi-Line 30 Aug 2001
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This is a delicate and subtle character-driven movie, which makes it a very good showcase for Rachel Leigh Cook. It's great to see her successfully explore a role with a wider and more complex range than Hollywood has allowed her. That's what indies are for, I suppose. It's beautifully shot, and has a tricky and understated plot. No car crashes or nude scenes, but a film well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hi-line sets the line high for others to reach toward. 20 Aug 2001
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I am way past 13 years old.....Like my love for my teenage son, there are reasons I love him as much for what he is not as for what he is. I love this movie for what it is not also. It is not violant, or physically explicit. It is not filled with verbally rude vocabulary. What it is, is completely enjoyable. I was compelled to be envolved in a caring manner with the choices the characters make. In a Robert Redford style of less is more. I am left with the knowledge that there are always choices.
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