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Home from the Hill (2007)

Robert Mitchum , Eleanor Parker , Vincente Minnelli  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTR9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home from the Hill" on IMDb

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Home from the Hill is among the underrated titles in the careers of Robert Mitchum and Vincente Minnelli, two disparate talents who create a potent familial saga here. The setting is East Texas, where Mitchum's philandering patriarch rules the local area. His wife (Eleanor Parker) has raised their son (George Hamilton) as a momma's boy, the kind of soft kid who gets bamboozled into going on a "snipe hunt" with the pranking locals. His opposite number is a manly farmhand (George Peppard) with his own bond with Mitchum. Southern melodrama thrives in such a setting, and the film doesn't avoid all the traps, but Minnelli suffuses the movie with the same emotional effects of color and movement that he brought to his direction of musicals. Minnelli's sensitivity and Mitchum's strength carry the movie, but the secret weapon is the unexpectedly good work from the two Georges, both of whom were at the beginning of their careers. (You can see from this film that Peppard is a dead-cert to become a major movie star, which he almost did--but then didn't, for a variety of reasons.) The film was shot on location around Paris, Texas, and although this is far from Minnelli's An American in Paris, the exciting hunting sequences are solid proof that you can't pigeonhole a talented director. You can't pigeonhole Mitchum, either, and this is one of his best roles. --Robert Horton

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Un portrait de famille à l’intensité dramatique incomparable Dans l’un de ses plus beaux rôles, Robert Mitchum interprète le « Capitaine » Wade Hunnicutt, un influent chef de famille dont la passion commune pour la chasse et les femmes aura des conséquences dramatiques pour toute sa famille. Adaptation du roman best seller de William Humphrey, cette grande saga se focalise sur une riche famille d’une petite ville du Texas : le mari bourru et coureur de jupons (Mitchum) ; sa femme amère et distante (Eleanor Parker) ; le fils faible et introverti, Theron (George Hamilton) ; le viril fils illégitime de Hunnicutt, Rafe (George Peppard) ; et la femme magnifique (Luna Patten) dont les deux garçons sont amoureux. Quand la jeune et influençable Theron apprend l’inavouable vérité sur son père, les sentiments refoulés de la famille explosent, déclenchant un cercle vicieux qui conduira à l’apogée dramatique du film. Salué par la critique, Celui par Qui le Scandale Arrive bénéficie de la réalisation impeccable de Vincente Minnelli et des performances mémorables de jeunes acteurs comme George Hamilton et George Peppard qui font leurs premiers pas sur grand écran.

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earthy melodrama July 10, 2003
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Robert Mitchum stars as Wade, a pompous and powerful good ol' boy who runs his small Texas town. Things aren't so good on the home front, though; his wife (Eleanor Parker) has held a grudge against him for years since he fathered a child out of wedlock. Their legitimate son (George Hamilton) has turned out to be a weakling and a disappointment to old Dad. Add to this mix the young and pretty Libby (Luana Patton), who likes both sons, and you have a great story.

Although Mitchum is wonderful, it is charismatic George Peppard, who plays the illegitimate son, who is the real star. He is handsome and appealing as a rugged man with a wise and tender heart and the camera loves him. George Hamilton is too old to play a 17-year old mama's boy, and he's stiff and awkward. Beautiful Eleanor Parker is excellent as Wade's long-suffering wife and Mitchum is, well, Mitchum, which in this case is just perfect.

This film is long and melodramatic, but it has a juicy script, likable and attractive actors, a lovely score, and all the loose ends are tied up in the end. Heartily recommended.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Movie March 13, 2003
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This is a movie that reaches to everyone. It deals with pride and a misunderstanding of people. It deals with love, heartache, sadness, and loss. Robert Mitchum is the man who lives with a wife who could not be with him because of his bastard son, played by George Peppard. Their own son, played by George Hamilton, is weak and soon has a hatred for marriage because of his parents. The only one with a heart is George Peppard. Everyone soon comes to understand one another, but sadly it is too late. This movie is an excellent one for people who would just like an old story about the reality of life.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great American film reminiscent of a Greek tragedy August 7, 1999
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Years ago this film was featured on HBO, for several months, and I loved it immediately. In fact, I have borrowed the name Raph(spelled by us as Raphe) as my son's middle name. Not as he can be a little bastard, but because Raph was the most endearing, faithful, courageous, trustworthy charactor in the movie, despite having suffered more than any other. Since I have bought "Home from the Hill" thru amazon.com. I was suprised to find that my 5 yr old son and my wife also enjoyed "Home" the first time they saw it.
The story is based on a novel by William Humphrey, under the same title. I have not read the book, but once you see the movie you will understand why I would want to.
This book is for many audiences, including romance seekers, fans of classic greek tragedy, and outdoors sportsmen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore July 6, 2003
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This wonderfully acted movie, is a must see. George Hamilton gives an outstanding performance. I never realized what a talented actor he is, until I saw this movie. Robt. Mitchum always the best.
This is the story of a Texas family torn apart by bitterness, adultery.
After watching the movie, now I want to read the novel.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITES July 17, 2006
By RBI
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I SAW HOME FROM THE HILL WHEN I WAS IN 9TH GRADE AND IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS HAVE SEEN IT MAYBE 10 MORE TIMES. IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES, NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK, BUT WHAT MOVIE IS. AFTER READING THE OTHER REVIEWS I AGREE PRETTY MUCH WITH ALL OF THEM BUT THINK BOB MITCHUM MOST CERTAINLY WAS AS STRONG IF NOT A STRONGER CHARACTER THAN GEORGE PEPPARD. WHAT IS SAD IS THAT LUANA PATTON, A FORMER DISNEY CHILD STAR AND A VERY SWEET PERSON IN REAL LIFE NEVER MADE MANY MORE MOVIES AND DIED ENTIRELY TOO YOUNG. SHE WAS WONDERFUL. ANYWAY, THE MOVIE IS WORTH WATCHING, THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANYMORE
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the South ala Tennessee Williams! November 14, 2006
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I love this movie! I loved it so much, I bought the book -- believe me, the movie is better! This is the first time I remember seeing George Peppard in anything. He played Rafe, the illegitimate son, and for me, he was the best! George Hamilton was good as the brooding, mixed-up Theron. If you like steamy dramas, this is the movie for you.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this movie!!!! May 14, 2003
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And I disagree with JT Boyd's review, partly because it is inaccurate. Robert Mitchum's character had an affair with a tramp, producing illegitimate son, George Peppard, which caused his estrangement from his wife, Eleanor Parker, who was the mother of his legitimate son, George Hamilton. I do think that Hamilton's part was way overplayed, but liked the movie, regardless, and George Peppard surely got my attention.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOME FROM THE HILL - A TREASURE OF A MOVIE March 8, 2007
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Home from the Hill is a story of how one secret can ruin your life and the lives of everyone whom it touches. The lead roles are wonderfully acted by Robert Mitchum and Eleanor Parker. Robert Mitchum has two sons,one played by George Peppard is illegitimate and the other played by George Hamilton is the naive son from his marriage. The story could have been a complete tragedy but kindness for the most unexpected person can sometimes be what is needed to turn the wrongs in life to rights. Beautifully filmed and beautifully acted, Home from the Hill is a treasure not to be missed.
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