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The inspirational sports drama "The Hill," about the poor and disabled son of a preacher who becomes a professional baseball player, feels longer than it is because the characterizations and story don't rise to meet the acting and filmmaking and because almost everyone in the movie (save for a bully and his cronies, briefly glimpsed in two scenes) is so earnest and well-meaning. It's the equivalent of a church service by a pastor who's good at his job but lacks the spark that makes people say amen without prompting. 

Directed by Jeff Celentano from a script by the late  Scott Marshall Smith ("Men of Honor") and Angelo Pizzo (who wrote the classics " Rudy " and " Hoosiers "), "The Hill" retells the true story of Fort Worth, Texas native Rickey Marshall. Like Pizzo's signature screenplays, this tale is in the spirit of the original " Rocky ," where the hero's achievements are far more modest than the Hollywood usual but stirring (arguably more so) because the stakes are small and the obstacles relatable. Hill, a Baptist preacher's son, grew up fantasizing about playing Major League baseball despite a degenerative spinal disease that forced him into leg braces. He also grew up so poor that his family couldn't afford proper equipment: he taught himself to hit using sticks and stones, with his older brother pitching and coaching. Despite all this, Hill developed into a power hitter, played three months for the Montreal Expos at 19, and made it through four seasons in the minor leagues.

The problem isn't that this is a faith-based film aimed at a specific market niche (some of the greatest films ever made focus on spirituality). It's the project's bland vision. Even legitimate, painful conflicts between characters with equally valid but irreconcilable agendas (such as the hero, who is torn between what he believes to be two destinies, playing ball and following in his preacher dad's footsteps) feel programmed even though they're drawn from life. It doesn't help that the hero and a few other major characters (including his love interest) have two-and-a-half dimensions at best and are so altogether pleasant, even when distressed or angry, that it's hard to see how anyone could have rational (or even irrational) objections to anything they do, say, or want. 

Jesse Berry (of "9-1-1: Lone Star") plays Rickey as a boy, and Colin Ford ("Under the Dome") steps in to play the teenage version. The film's minimal edge comes from Rickey's relationship with his dad, James ( Dennis Quaid ). James believes his son's destiny is to succeed him behind the pulpit, opposes his baseball dreams, and even likens his secret baseball card collection to a gallery of false idols. This is reminiscent of both versions of " The Jazz Singer ," the story of a young man who would rather be a secular musical performer than a cantor, except that in this case, the hero loves preaching the word and is great at it. ("I thought I was going to be the best Baptist preacher,"  Hill told Risen magazine . "I was going to be the next Billy Graham.") 

Whenever "The Hill" lets Rickey and James verbally spar about faith and sports, the movie transcends cliche. The screenplay lets opposing forces gently push against each other without resolution. You get a clear sense of how people's conditioning and pathologies impede them from making the right choice. Young Rickey eloquently explains to his father that he can be God's representative on the field as effectively as he can in a church and that the two callings are not in opposition, then gives him a drawing of a baseball diamond in which opposing bases have been connected with straight lines to create a cross shape. You'd think such a display of creative imagination and sincerity would persuade the boy's father to change his mind and support him, but no. He lets Rickey play ball, but six years later, when Rickey is a high school star, he tells visitors to the family's home that he has yet to attend a game. (No bets will be taken on whether Dad eventually shows up in the stands.)

When it's not wrestling (however nicely) with spiritual matters, "The Hill" is a well-meaning but dutiful trudge toward an ordained destination. Nearly every scene extends the expected beats and moments for no apparent reason (this isn't  Slow Cinema ; it's just slow). Despite building nearly every scene around him, it never gives us any sense of Rickey's emotional interior. He's just a polite, talented kid who wants to do a thing but is restrained from doing it by people who mean well. The central relationship's potential is blunted, too. Except in the verbal duets between father and son, James is an emotionally constipated scold who is established as having a good heart beneath it all. The movie allows him to be stubborn and unreasonable, but it doesn't have the nerve to let him cross over into monstrousness or even sustained dislikability. There's a scene where James takes Rickey's older brother Robert (Mason Gillett) behind the house to whip him with a belt as punishment for supporting Rickey's baseball dreams, but during the windup, he chokes back tears and sends him inside unscathed. Brutal physical punishment still happens in American homes, including ones where families attend church together and contemplate the life and teachings of Jesus. But this is not the kind of movie that will show the contradiction and complexity of that life by having a movie star beat a child. 

Most of the characters are a notch or two above "types." Ricky's girlfriend Grace (played by Siena Bjornerud as a teen and Mila Harris as a child) is confident and mature throughout, tossing out snappy patter that suggests that somebody ran the Annie Savoy character from " Bull Durham " through a "Gilmore Girls" filter. Scott Glenn shows up late in the movie as the baseball scout who lets Rickey strut his stuff (a 40-years-later "Right Stuff" reunion for him and Quaid) and manages to convince us that the character had a full and fascinating life before he stepped into the frame. But that's the sort of alchemy that has more to do with the depth of an actor's skills and experience than the story he's helping tell. 

Joelle Carter , so fiery on "Justified," gets one sustained, powerful scene as James' wife Helen, who would like to oppose him but can't summon the strength, but she's otherwise sidelined and sometimes reduced to watching the other characters as if they're on TV. Bonnie Bedelia , who would be a name-above-the-title movie star in a just world, fares slightly better as the hero's salt-of-the-earth grandmother, rocking a silver Ma-Joad-goes-to-the-Oscars hairstyle. (Another issue worth getting into somewhere besides this piece: age-wise, the casting in "The Hill" is retro in a bad way. Carter is almost 20 years younger than Quaid, and Bedelia is only eight years older.) 

According to Rickey Hill's website and pre-release interviews, he now follows in his father's footsteps by spreading the Good Word while also selling  hemp-based wellness kits . Some people believe that a brief taste of success can be more debilitating for a person than never tasting it at all. Hill doesn't feel that way. He also doesn't act as if he was robbed of anything greater than what he got, either by his physical limitations or his upbringing, even though many people who've had that sort of experience might feel that way. A documentary about his whole life journey would likely be more compelling than this recreation of his early years. It would have a better shot at depicting Hill and every other important player in his story as a three-dimensional human being. And it might speak to the realities of most people's lives, which rarely have the perfect dramatic shape (complete with a happy ending) that Hollywood prefers.

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Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor at Large of RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

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The Hill (2023)

Rated PG for thematic content, language, and smoking throughout.

Dennis Quaid as James Hill

Scott Glenn as Red Murff

Bonnie Bedelia as Gram

Joelle Carter as Helen Hill

Colin Ford as Rickey Hill

Adrian Eppley as Mariah

Mila Harris as Young Gracie

Wilbur Fitzgerald as Josh Meyers

Jesse Berry as Young Rickey Hill

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The Hill Movie Poster: Profile of Dennis Quaid above a young White man in a white tank top and jeans holding a baseball bat and standing on a sports car

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Even when the odds are against you, to achieve you

Rickey Hill demonstrates perseverance, integrity,

Main character Rickey (played by non-disabled acto

Fist fight. A person with a disability is hit hard

Romantic subplot with a kiss. An 18-year-old brief

Language includes "crap" and "doing our damnedest.

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Smoking throughout. Chewing and spitting tobacco,

Parents need to know that The Hill is a Christian sports drama based on the true story of Rickey Hill (Colin Ford), who defied the odds to play baseball professionally. Faith is central to the story: Rickey's father, Pastor Hill (Dennis Quaid), is a Southern Baptist pastor in small-town Texas in the 1960s,…

Positive Messages

Even when the odds are against you, to achieve your dream, you've got to keep swinging. Also several scripture-based messages, including "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Positive Role Models

Rickey Hill demonstrates perseverance, integrity, and humility, as well as strong faith in God and in himself. He overcomes significant physical, financial, and family adversity to pursue his dream of playing baseball. He and his brother and sister are loving, learned, responsible, and are willing to speak truth to power, no matter the consequences. Faith-based audiences may be impressed by the fact that 10-year-old Rickey has an extensive amount of Biblical Scripture memorized and can quote it at will, with understanding of its meaning. Pastor Hill is a loving father and community leader; he becomes too rigid in his own beliefs, but he's able to recognize his own faults/flaws in time.

Diverse Representations

Main character Rickey (played by non-disabled actor Colin Ford) has an unspecified physical disability that requires him to use leg braces to walk. Some people assume that means he's incapable, and he's constantly over performing to prove differently. He's later diagnosed with another condition. According to the movie he is, at least temporarily, cured by miracles. Rickey's family is lives in poverty in rural Texas, and the challenges that come with economic disparity are reflected through the story. Most characters (including all main characters) are White. The exceptions are a kind Black boy who befriends Rickey on the baseball field (and later connects with him as an adult athlete) and a baseball scout. Female depictions fall in line with a 1963 patriarchal point of view: Gram advocates for her nutritionally deficient daughter and grandchildren, and Pastor Hill labels her as a complainer, comparing her to his wife Helen who "never complains" and is therefore a "good wife." Another woman explains that her bruised eye was the result of her sharing her opinion with her surly husband.

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Fist fight. A person with a disability is hit hard with a baseball. Corporal punishment is threatened with a belt, but the action isn't completed. Spousal abuse indicated via a woman's black eye. Bullying behavior includes taunting and name-calling; the person who does this is scolded on more than one occasion.

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Language includes "crap" and "doing our damnedest." A tween says, "oh shiiii---" then changes to "shoot" when he realizes he's in earshot of an adult. "Cripple" is used by Rickey, his father, and others to describe Rickey's difficulty in mobility. Ableist insults directed at Rickey, who wears leg braces to walk, include "gimp," "jelly legs," and "robot boy."

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Parents need to know that The Hill is a Christian sports drama based on the true story of Rickey Hill ( Colin Ford ), who defied the odds to play baseball professionally. Faith is central to the story: Rickey's father, Pastor Hill ( Dennis Quaid ), is a Southern Baptist pastor in small-town Texas in the 1960s, and the Bible is frequently quoted, interpreted, and discussed. Characters frequently smoke and spit tobacco, and someone who's drunk gets into a fist fight when he's stopped from driving. Infrequent language includes words like "crap" and "damnedest," as well as ableist insults ("gimp"). Ricky is the target of bullying and gets hit hard with a baseball. Corporal punishment is threatened, and spousal abuse is indicated via a woman's black eye. The main characters' portrayals offer food for thought/discussion: Rickey demonstrates that while you may "only need faith the size of a mustard seed" to do the impossible, achievement requires perseverance. And Pastor Hill may be a good man and loving father, but his arc also shows that parents need to be open to listening to their kids about the ways they'd like to be supported. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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What's the story.

Based on a true story, THE HILL follows Rickey Hill ( Colin Ford ), who dreams of being a professional baseball player. Rickey is a natural-born slugger, but an unspecified physical disability means that he can't walk without leg braces. His preacher father, Pastor Hill ( Dennis Quaid ), wants Rickey to put childhood fantasies away, but Rickey has faith that God wouldn't have given him talent if he wasn't intended to use it.

Is It Any Good?

Warm up the apple pie for your movie nibbles, the ingredients of this sports drama are God, baseball, and "old-fashioned American values." Thick with earnestness and devout Christian perspectives, the script -- from the screenwriter of Rudy and Hoosiers -- has a solid structure but is heavy-handed. This is not Christian-lite: It's the faithiest faith film about faith for the faithful. In many ways, The Hill plays into stereotypes and even somewhat perpetuates the attitudes of the era it's set in. And yet by making a "villain" (of sorts) out of Pastor Hill -- a good man who's doing his best to support and guide his family and his community but simultaneously refusing to let his son follow his dream to try to protect him -- it delivers thoughtful nuance. It's not a grand slam, but The Hill is rich with conversation starters. And faith-based audiences will be thrilled to see a thoughtful exploration of scripture.

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Families can talk about how Rickey demonstrates perseverance , integrity , and gratitude in The Hill . Why are these important character strengths? Do you consider him a role model?

What's the point of showing Pastor Hill allow parishoners to smoke in church, even though he doesn't agree with it? Is tobacco use glamorized?

What skills or talent do you have? What purpose do you think it could serve as you grow up?

Do you think this movie is intended solely for Christian audiences? Why, or why not?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : October 17, 2023
  • Cast : Dennis Quaid , Joelle Carter , Colin Ford
  • Director : Jeff Celentano
  • Studio : Briarcliff Entertainment
  • Genre : Drama
  • Topics : Brothers and Sisters , Great Boy Role Models , High School , History , Middle School
  • Character Strengths : Communication , Humility , Integrity , Perseverance
  • Run time : 126 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG
  • MPAA explanation : thematic content, language, and smoking throughout
  • Last updated : January 31, 2024

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This inspirational film tells the real-life story of Rickey Hill, who overcame a debilitating condition to pursue his dream of playing major-league baseball.

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Not that his father would purchase it for him anyway, since he believes that Rickey is too physically fragile to play baseball and should instead follow in his footsteps as a pastor. Not to mention that he has no use for such ungodly pursuits; when he catches Rickey and his older brother in possession of some baseball cards, he angrily seizes them, telling his children that the cards “sell the worship of false idols.”

If that makes the film sound painfully melodramatic, it’s not. Screenwriters Angelo Pizzo and the late Scott Marshall Smith inject plenty of warmth and humor into the tale, never letting the characters overly succumb to stereotypes. It’s not surprising that the writers know exactly how to (forgive the pun) cover all the bases, since Pizzo wrote such sports films classic as Hoosiers and Rudy and Smith the 2014 inspirational football drama When the Game Stands Tall .

Nonetheless, it’s a heartwarming tale of perseverance. Rickey overcomes all obstacles, including an ankle fracture that results in his doctor telling him he’s never going to play again (the doc has obviously never seen movies such as this one) and then surgery that barely leaves him with enough time to recover for a major league tryout supervised by legendary scout Red Murff (Scott Glenn, who’s only gotten more terrifically flinty with age, here reuniting with Quaid 40 years after The Right Stuff ). Of course, his family can’t afford the operation, so the whole town pitches in (sorry, another baseball pun) to raise the necessary funds. And in a scene guaranteed to drain tear ducts, Rickey’s plucky grandmother (screen veteran Bonnie Bedelia) assures him on her deathbed that “I’ll be watching” when he plays.

The Hill proves hard to resist in its warm portrait of the sort of small-town America filled with people rooting for each other (with the exception of the drunken redneck who insists on smoking in church and whom Pastor Mike manages to subdue in a fight despite being considerably older). The film would have benefited from director Jeff Celentano perhaps picking up the pace a little, and the deletion of some extraneous subplots. But the climactic sequence, in which Rickey bats through the pain while encountering the toughest pitchers he’s ever faced, provides the perfect stirring conclusion.

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  • August 18, 2023
  • Dennis Quaid as James Hill; Scott Glenn as Red Murff; Joelle Carter as Helen Hill; Colin Ford as Rickey Hill; Bonnie Bedelia as Gram; Wilbur Fitzgerald as Josh Meyers; Siena Bjornerud as Gracie Shantz; Mila Harris as Young Gracie; James Devoti as Earl Shantz; Justin Miles as Ned; Adrian Eppley as Mariah; Mark Rowe as Chuck Calhoun; Monica Louwerens as Patsy Shantz; Jesse Berry as Young Rickey Hill; Taylor St. Clair as Mrs. Babbitt; Carina Worm as Connie Hill; Tyrik Johnson as Young Jason; Pilot Bunch as Young Quinn

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  • October 17, 2023
  • Jeff Celentano

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Movie Review

David and Goliath tales aren’t hard to come by. But The Hill, based on a true story, is one that hits a home run (in more ways than one).  

In this case, Rickey Hill’s obstacle is not a seven-foot giant. Instead, he faces a degenerative spine disease that threatens both his dreams of playing Major League Baseball and his ability to walk.

To his father, James, Rickey’s disability is God’s sign to pursue “a higher calling.” As James sees it, baseball was a distraction from meaningfully serving God, anyway. But even as a small child, Rickey disagrees. What if he can serve God through his passion?

As much as The Hill is a story about baseball, it’s also a story about family. A poor Baptist preacher, James Hill does everything he can to provide for his wife, children and mother-in-law. Although he allows his feelings about baseball and his son’s calling to become a somewhat adversarial a spiritual stance, James truly has his family’s best interest in mind.

In the end, both James and Rickey have a lot to learn about God’s will.

Positive Elements

In good and bad times, the Hill family rallies to support one another. Even when an entire town unites against them, Helen boldly (and publicly) stands up for her husband. And although she may disagree with some of James’ decisions, Helen faithfully backs his leadership in their family and church.

The Hill kids also exemplify healthy relationships. For the most part, Rickey and his siblings, Robert and Connie, respect their father’s wishes even when they disagree with him. When the kids do make mistakes, they take ownership of their mistakes and respectfully accept the consequences. The kids display positive relationships with one another, as well. Robert, the oldest sibling, supports Rickey by helping him practice baseball and standing up to bullies.

One character also goes on a spiritual journey, moving from pride to humility and repenting in front of an entire congregation.

Spiritual Elements

Early on, James preaches a sermon on David and Goliath, and it’s clear that The Hill is loosely framed as a metaphorical take on that story. Characters make several other biblical references as well.

James constantly instructs his kids to meditate on Scripture, and Rickey displays an impressive understanding and knowledge of the Bible. The Hill family prays together. And they remind one another of biblical truth and hope. We also see characters desperately beg God for His help in dire situations.

James steadfastly holds to his beliefs. For instance, when his mother-in-law suggests he ignore certain behaviors in church, he responds that he cannot apologize for doing what’s right. James also claims that baseball cards “sell the worship of false idols” and that baseball could damage Rickey’s soul.

In a particularly tense moment of the movie, James tells Rickey he must choose between God’s will and his own will (which, to James, is playing baseball). Rickey argues that he feels God’s presence when he plays baseball.

[ Spoiler Warning : In the end, James realizes that the convictions he’s held regarding his faith and baseball have been proud and arrogant, and he admits those failings to his congregation.]

Cross decorations are seen in the Hill’s home, and Rickey draws a cross with his bat in a baseball game. At one point, Rickey says he believes his girlfriend, Gracie, is an angel. And he claims that saying, “Cross your heart and hope to die” is a heathen vow. Someone also uses the popular Christian cliché, “When the good Lord shuts a door, He opens a window.” Someone describes a place as “Satan’s saloon.”

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When they are kids, Gracie claims that Rickey is her boyfriend, and she sends him letters reiterating this idea. When Rickey is in high school, one character mentions breaking up with her boyfriend. Later, two high school characters begin a romantic relationship in which they hold hands and lean on each other’s shoulders. This couple also kisses.

Violent Content

It is implied that Gracie’s mother experiences marital abuse, and we see her face covered with bruises. There’s also a moment in which a character is on her death bed. We watch as she peacefully passes away, and characters attend her funeral.

Throughout the film, several people vent their anger by kicking or throwing objects. (Later, they usually resolve their feelings in healthier ways.) In one moment of anger, Helen throws a ceramic plate on the floor next to James.

In an attempt to prevent someone from driving drunk, James starts a tussle with a man. This man also attempts to push one of James’ children. In a particularly tense moment in the film, James discovers that his children have disobeyed him. He plans to discipline one of them with his belt.

Kids bully Ricky for his disability when he’s younger. When Robert tries to stand up for him, the bully pushes him. And throughout the film, Rickey’s disability causes him immense pain. Several times, his condition causes him to collapse in agony. We also hear medical descriptions of Rickey’s troubling condition.

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[ Note: Plugged In received an early review screener of The Hill that included some profanity that was edited in the final cut. We were alerted to this discrepency and have re-watched the final cut of the film, which has fewer language concerns. Those that remain in the final cut are noted below. ]

Little Rickey says, “Daddy’s a bada–.” In a moment of deep frustration after a car runs out of gas, James Hill repeatedly kicks the vehicle and screams either “god” or “gah” six times. He also says “oh my god!” in another scene. Two characters exclaim, “Lord!” We hear one use each of “d–n” and “d–nedest.” There are three uses each of “heck” and “crap,” as well as single uses each of “dang” and “darn.” Characters use the phrase “don’t know spit” three times, and one person nearly says the s-word before changing it to “shoot.”

There are a couple of uses of “butt” and one of “hind ends.” A professional baseball scout says admirably of Rickey’s determination, “The boy’s got himself some cajones.” Someone says “jack squat.”

Several people meanly call Rickey a “gimp” because of his disability. Rickey and Gracie both playfully label themselves as “dorks.”

Drug and Alcohol Content

In church scenes, characters are seen smoking and spitting tobacco. James quickly calls out these characters’ behaviors. A man walks out of a bar, drunk, and attempts to drive home. Another character references his drinking, smoking and gambling habits. Before a game, someone promises Rickey a six-pack of alcohol.

Other Negative Elements

Although the Hill family generally has healthy relational interactions, we see a few moments of dysfunction. James’ mother-in-law vocally contradicts many of his decisions, and her dissention can spark arguments.

The kids play baseball against their father’s will, even forging his signature to get on a team. One day, Helen gives the kids her permission to play on the Sabbath against her husband’s wishes.

Once Rickey does begin playing baseball, James refuses to attend any of his games out of personal conviction.

At times, Christian movies can feel formulaic and forced, sometimes preferring sermonizing to storytelling. The Hill generally avoids that approach, allowing the story to speak for itself.

Where the movie succeeds is also where it might stumble slightly for some families and Christian movie fans. In its efforts to keep things as authentic as possible, The Hill includes a bit of profanity as well as tobacco references, content that might be incrementally grittier than some would expect.

That said, Rickey’s story is powerful. Not only does the movie communicate an inspiring message about overcoming obstacles, it also demonstrates what it looks like to keep your faith despite discouragement from other believers.

Although James Hill is a Baptist preacher, and his career is a central part of the story, The Hill avoids preaching. Instead, we see how God’s power and faithfulness are more effectively illustrated by a movie that focuses on this narrative rather than trying to preach a sermon.

And you know what? God’s hand is testimony enough.

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August 25, 2023 by Robert Kojder

The Hill , 2023.

Directed by Jeff Celenntano. Starring Dennis Quaid, Scott Glenn, Bonnie Bedelia, Joelle Carter, Colin Ford, Adrian Eppley, Mila Harris, Wilbur Fitzgerald, James Devoti, Mark Rowe, Monica Louwerens, Jesse Berry, Mason Gillett, Ryan Dinning, Siena Bjornerud, Justin Miles, Taylor St. Clair, Carina Worm, David Silverman, Randy Houser, Tracie Frank, Mustapha J. Slack, Hailey Bithell, and Matthew Dwyer.

The remarkable true-life story of Rickey Hill’s improbable journey to play Major League Baseball.

This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, The Hill wouldn’t exist.

Coming from director Jeff Celentano and the screenwriting team of Angelo Pizzo and Scott Marshall Smith (based on the previous script – something that shows in the sloppy construction – by Aric Hornig and Stephen Hintz), The Hill leaves no cliché unturned when driving home the “inspired” part of the description “inspired by a true story.”

Ostensibly about Rickey Hill, a disabled baseball prodigy suffering from degenerative spinal disease and leg braces disallowing him from fully rotating when swinging a baseball bat (played by Jesse Berry and Mason Gillett as a child and Colin Ford as a high school senior, all of whom are serviceable in the role), The Hill can’t help itself from often leaning into faith-based territory focusing on the boy’s pastor father James (Dennis Quaid). While he doesn’t mind Rickey successfully and enthusiastically tossing rocks into the air and smacking them with a stick, he has no interest in allowing his son to pursue his lofty ambitions of joining Major League Baseball, choosing to believe that God’s will is that he will follow in the same preaching path.

Giving a shred of credit where it is due, the filmmakers do seem aware that James and his unfounded dream-crushing doesn’t come from an initiative to do what the best for the boy medically, but rather selfishness, often ignoring miracles that happen right before his eyes. This also means that scenes where a young Rickey gets fed up and frustrated by the leg braces, smashing them and removing them to more easily swing a baseball bat, only to be able to walk around fine inexplicably, comes across as siding with higher powers over science, which is always a tough pill to swallow in modern times. The script is willing to portray James as a flawed religious individual slightly, but also quick to tap right back into the faith-based miracle well in other areas, because, at the end of the day, that’s what this film is about more than baseball.

The tonal imbalance between religious fare and baseball is just one of many issues here, though, as The Hill pushes itself from one ham-fisted, corny, saccharine, phony sequence to the next. There are childhood girlfriends that come back into the picture not even five minutes after a flash forward to high school, childhood bullies playing for opposing teams during high school games, illnesses worsening at the most convenient plotting times, deaths in the family to provide one last motivational push chasing those dreams, and a legendary scout that is comically portrayed as a villainous obstacle rather than a believable human being. And those are just the things that come to mind off-hand.

There is something to the idea and presumable truth that, despite these medical setbacks, Rickey remained resilient and continued to prove everyone wrong, which somehow wasn’t enough of a miracle to his father. There’s a brief line of dialogue where James, who refuses to watch his son play baseball, is implied to be ashamed that his son is crippled and worries the rest of the world will laugh at him even if he does find professional success. However, the filmmakers never explore that, considering that would involve portraying James a bit too much of an antagonist when ultimately, the good book on making movies of this ilk forbids doing anything that might upset the religious target demographic.

That’s one way of saying there are nuggets of compelling dynamics here, and the performances themselves are solid, but the filmmakers are too cowardly even to attempt going near that strike soon. Equally insulting is the portrayal of baseball itself, which comes across as dishonest and fake to anyone familiar with the sport. The Hill eventually reaches a high-stakes scouting game where Rickey gets to prove his worth once and for all, but his performance in that game is so unrealistically, absurdly phenomenal that it’s impossible to take seriously. Although, at least for about 30 minutes, the film is actually about baseball. 

Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★  / Movie: ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also the Flickering Myth Reviews Editor. Check  here  for new reviews, follow my  Twitter  or  Letterboxd , or email me at [email protected]

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Like most underdog sports films, the story is predictable, but it also tells a meaningful story about family ties, reconciliation, and overcoming adversity..

Theaters: Based on the real life story of Ricky Hill's journey of overcoming a disability to play Major League Baseball. (Also released as "Eleven for Eleven".)

Release date August 25, 2023

Run Time: 126 minutes

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Rickey Hill (played as an adult by Colin Ford) couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate surname. Born with a degenerative spinal disease, a young Rickey (Jesse Berry) is told his chances of walking are insurmountable, but he beats the odds by wearing leg braces. Falling in love with baseball, the boy spends many hours using a stick as a bat and rocks as balls. Yet despite how amazingly hard and far Rickey hits those rocks, everyone knows that a disabled kid could never really face the pitcher’s mound. Or could they?

Rickey’s physical limitations are only one of the mountains he will need to move if he wants to participate in the sport. The bigger problem looming over his fantasy is his father (Dennis Quaid). A poor preacher barely able to provide food for his family, James Hill is simultaneously tenderly protective of his frail son and harshly strict about him dedicating his life to God. Believing the boy has a gift, James wants Rickey to pursue a higher purpose rather than put his body at risk chasing a pointless pastime.

As trials continue to plague both Rickey and James, their hope and faith are tested. Some of these challenges are depicted in the film, including childhood bullying, threats between adults, family strife and implied domestic abuse. In one scene a dad gets his belt ready with a firm belief if he spares the rod, he will spoil the child. In others, characters defy authority figures and make difficult personal sacrifices, and still have their dreams dashed. Occasionally, they respond with a few muttered profanities, more often with prayerful pleas.

Although the screenplay suffers from predictability, it offers some beautiful moments of familial love, even when characters are torn between their roles as supportive wife or caring mother (played by Joelle Carter), observant mother-in-law or interfering grandmother (Bonnie Bedelia), and obedient children or loyal siblings (Mason Gillett/Ryan Dinning and Hailey Bithell/Carina Worm). Still, the film hits it out of the park is with the portrayal of this father and son seeking reconciliation with each other and with God. Audiences interested in guidance for climbing their own hills will find much to ponder from watching this divided team learning to navigate the game of life.

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Why is The Hill rated PG? The Hill is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic content, language, and smoking throughout.

Violence: A father’s rigid adherence to piety causes stress between himself and his spouse, children, and mother-in-law. An angry character throws things and drives recklessly. A confrontation between a minister and his congregation over tobacco use ignites a war of words and hard feelings. Angry parishioners tell their preacher to leave town and threaten violence if he doesn’t comply. Characters spit at others as a sign of disrespect. A drunken man gets into a fight. A woman is shown with a black eye and domestic violence is implied. Children endure bullying, teasing and physical threats. Young characters lie to authority figures. A father takes his belt off so he can give his son a lashing for disobedience. Youngsters consider running away rather than face the consequences of breaking a windshield. Tense words are frequently exchanged. A leg injury is shown (no blood is seen). Sexual Content: Teenaged characters kiss. Profanity: A scatological curse is heard. Other profanities are muffled during scenes of frustration and anger. Mild profanity, crude slang and terms of deity are uttered infrequently. Alcohol / Drug Use: Smoking is depicted throughout the movie. Chewing tobacco is also shown. A drunken character is portrayed. Other: Terms of deity are used in prayer.

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Learn more about the real Rickey Hill (who was an executive producer for the movie) and compare his true story with the movie’s depiction.

Rickey Hill’s motto seems to be, “Never say never”. How does his persistence help him overcome incredible odds? What situations appear to crush his soul? What things happen to help him renew his hope? Can you relate to any of his challenges and disappointments? Where do you find the strength to carry on or try again?

James Hill challenges his son to decide if he is choosing to follow God’s will or his own. What conclusion does Rickey reach? Both father and son are depicted as religious men who want to do the right thing. Both use Bible scriptures to support their decisions. Why do you think they get different answers to the question? How would you go about resolving a situation like the one they face? How do you seek guidance for tough choices in your life?

The script makes some comparisons between Rickey and the world of professional baseball with the Biblical story of David and Goliath . Have you ever felt small like David? How do you face giant problems?

If you want to know how accurate the film is, you can read: History vs Hollywood: The Hill .

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Rickey Hill’s seemingly impossible desire to play baseball is like the passion to play football shown in the movie Rudy (also based on a true story). A religious man feels that participating in his sport demonstrates his love of God in Chariots Of Fire . Dennis Quaid takes on the role of another father who stands in the way of his son’s dreams in I Can Only Imagine . A devoutly religious man believes that the best way he can serve God is through the political battle to end slavery in the British Empire, as told in Amazing Grace .

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THE HILL is a new biographical sports drama based on the true story of Rickey Hill. It stars Dennis Quaid and Colin Ford.

The movie opens with a young Rickey hitting stones with a stick in his backyard. His father, a local pastor in a rural Texas town, and his siblings watch Rickey hit rock after rock with unique accuracy.

Rickey loves his family, God and has a dream to play baseball. However, he was born with a degenerative spinal disease that results in him having to wear leg braces. This makes it hard for him to run and walk.

As he grows up, his family can barely afford new leg braces. Moreover, after Rickey’s father calls out his Baptist congregation for smoking and drinking during church, he is excommunicated. So, they are forced to pack what little belongings they have into their station wagon and find a new home. Rickey and his family face obstacle after obstacle, but Rickey’s love for the game and courage to never quit leads him to start playing real baseball. His father disapproves and would rather Rickey protect his health and become a pastor. As a result, his father never attends his games. If it were up to his father, Rickey would have to choose baseball or God. However, Rickey believes he can honor God by playing baseball.

THE HILL is an inspiring, uplifting, and biblical movie about the miracle God works on Rickey Hill. It champions faith, and never quitting despite our circumstances. It also shows a compelling, authentic family dynamic between Rickey and the rest of his family. Through forgiveness and humility, the Hill family learns to love one another and trust God’s plan above their own.

Despite some brief moments of violence, a scene where congregants in a church are smoking and drinking, and some brief, mild language, THE HILL is a classic sports drama akin to other movies in the genre like RUDY and HOOSIERS, which were also written by THE HILL’s c-writer, Angelo Pizzo. However, THE HILL has a strong, more overt Christian worldview. Colin Ford and Dennis Quaid deliver superb performances as Rickey and his father. The movie moves along at a pace that will captivate audiences of many different ages. THE HILL is a hope-filled movie with an unashamed emphasis on God’s ability to work miracles in anyone. MOVIEGUIDE® does advise caution for younger children due to brief foul language, smoking and two scenes of drunkenness.

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The Hill Review: A Good Movie About Baseball and Faith with a Weak Script

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  • The Hill is an inspirational film based on a true story, but it feels familiar and lacks originality.
  • The first half of the film focuses on the push-pull dynamic between the main character and his father, which could have benefited from some editing.
  • Despite its length and weaknesses in the script, The Hill manages to be uplifting and inspiring, thanks to solid performances from the cast.

Based on a true story, The Hill comes from director Jeff Celentano ( Breaking Point ), who attempts to strike a home run with this baseball tale . Creatively, the bases never feel fully loaded here and there’s never a sense that things won’t get resolved. That the film goes into overtime — literally — is another story. Despite all that, if you can have a little patience, when all is said and done, Celentano does justice to the real-life story of a celebrated baseball player, beginning with his childhood in the 1970s and moving through young adulthood where he was further confronted with his physical injuries and filial strife.

The film, which arrives from Briarcliff Entertainment, stars Dennis Quaid, Joelle Carter, country music singer and songwriter Randy Houser, Bonnie Bedelia, Scott Glen, and Jesse Berry and Colin Ford as Rickey Hill at various ages. It's your typical inspirational fare.

The Hill Uses a Familiar Inspiring Story

The Hill has a lot going for it, but there comes a point about 20 minutes in when the déjà vu hits. Haven’t we been here before? Maybe in a streaming series? Maybe in another film? Even another Dennis Quaid film ? You wish that sensation away as The Hill moves through its first hour, but it’s an unavoidable feeling until the film’s second half, which, despite being based on a true story, somehow holds the same kind of creative rhythm of other stories.

Young Rickey Hill ( Jesse Berry from Good Trouble ) is moving through childhood in an impoverished small-town Texas setting. Rickey has a knack for hitting a baseball, surprising perhaps to some people because he’s riddled with leg braces he has to wear due to a degenerative spinal disease. If that’s not enough challenge, his father (Dennis Quaid) is a stern pastor whose constant discouragement to pursue baseball leaves Rickey feeling befuddled if not restless.

The first hour of the film captures the push-pull dynamic between father and son. Rickey’s mom (Joelle Carter) can’t do all that much to ease the dilemma, and the pressure to become a preacher like his father is omnipresent for Rickey. These scenes could use some editing, as they tend to overstay their welcome. In 2023, when audiences are used to stories that are told beyond traditional linear formats, you wonder if employing more fluidity, moving back and forth through time, would have helped the overall endeavor.

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Quaid seems to be in a rinse-and-repeat role. Or, at least in yet another film where he plays a stalwart figure at the forefront of a family dilemma. The story really takes off once Colin Ford enters the picture, playing Rickey as a young man. The Walker and Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story star is captivating on screen. He holds a rare on-screen élan, and his acting chops seem to keep being refined. This is especially evident as Rickey begins heading down the road to becoming the phenom that he was. Like in real life, he’s paired with a major league scout, Red Murff (Scott Glenn playing Scott Glenn) in the film — Rickey must impress Murff to get into professional baseball, but Murff’s presence divides the family.

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  • The Hill benefits from an inspiring true story as its source.
  • It's no Field of Dreams, but the themes and message of The Hill is strong.
  • Dennis Quaid, Colin Ford, and Joelle Carter give good performances.
  • The Hill is overlong and runs out of steam.
  • The dialogue and script is relatively weak.

To be sure, the tale of Rickey Hill is a heart-tugging, encompassing real-life drama that touches on themes some audiences could relate to or strive for: faith, unwavering perseverance, and honing one’s talents. Toss in some childhood hardship and intense physical ailments emerging from a life of physical pain, and mix it in with living in the shadow of a loving yet stern father, and it all seemed to look good on paper.

It did. But there’s something amiss in the execution of this tale. For starters, the film is bloated, running just over two hours. That’s a lot to take in for a movie that may not require so much time to tell an effective story. Ideally, The Hill could have worked at 90 minutes.

Related: Best Sports Biopics of All Time, Ranked

Director Jeff Celentano ( Glass Jaw, Breaking Point ) reportedly began the project some 15 years ago when a bit of serendipity came his way. His brother had been sitting in a hotel lobby and the stranger next to him happened to be Rickey Hill. The man was chatting on the phone, discussing how plans for a film about his life had collapsed. Well, who wouldn’t take that as a “sign” to consider making a movie about the man after hearing his story.

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Celentano ventured to Texas to meet Michael A. Blubaugh, who owned the rights to Hill’s tale, and the journey to the screen began in a new way. Angelo Pizzo came on board as screenwriter; Pizzo was the mastermind behind the David Anspaugh-directed phenom that was Hoosiers in 1986. The story about an Indiana high school basketball team in the 1950s starred Gene Hackman and became one of the most popular sports-related films in history.

The Hill doesn’t capture the magic Hoosiers held, but most of its cast does a fine job with the material it has been given. It would have been nice to shine the spotlight a bit more on Hill after childhood. The front half of the film tends to weigh things down. Still, this faith-based offering manages to uplift and be traditionally inspiring, despite some of its setbacks. To that end, hallelujah.

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  • The Hill, a new sports biopic, lacks the depth needed to truly sell the inspiring story of minor league baseball player Rickey Hill.
  • The movie's heavy-handed religious message clashes with Rickey's journey, leaving his character underdeveloped and the story repetitive.
  • The Hill's focus on faith overshadows its role as a sports movie, resulting in missed opportunities for impactful moments and erasing much of the tension and emotion.

This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie being covered here wouldn't exist.

Prior to watching The Hill , the new inspirational sports biopic from director Jeff Celentano , I didn't know anything about minor league baseball player Rickey Hill, an athlete whose story is set up to be as soaring and epic as any of the best sports movies. As the tale goes, Rickey overcomes health problems and the disapproval of his father to make it to the world of professional baseball, a pretty straightforward, most likely crowd-pleasing underdog arc. Unfortunately, though, The Hill lacks the depth needed to really sell Rickey's journey. Heavy-handed religious message aside, the movie doesn't properly sell the obstacles that lie in his way, and its refusal to deepen its central figure leaves the whole affair feeling hollow.

Young Rickey Hill (Jesse Berry), the son of gruff pastor James (Dennis Quaid), has big dreams of playing professional baseball, and he's been gifted with incredible talent when it comes to swinging a bat. It seems like his path is clearly marked, but there's a problem. Diagnosed with a degenerative spinal disease, he wears leg braces that hinder his movement and prevent him from getting that full-body rotation often employed by baseball players. James wants Rickey to abandon his dreams of being an athlete, but Rickey's faith gives him enough hope to keep pursuing it, especially as he grows up (with actor Colin Ford taking over) and shows signs of healing. However, right when Rickey's biggest opportunity yet arrives, his health takes a turn for the worse, plunging the aspiring player into his fiercest fight yet.

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The effectiveness of The Hill 's faith-based story will vary for each audience member. For me, I struggled with how it clashed with Rickey's journey. Outside of his love of baseball and his strong sense of belief, he has no real character to speak of. In the early scenes, James' struggles as a pastor take up more space than Rickey's initial development, and even when The Hill finally turns its attention back to its young protagonist and his journey, it settles into a rather repetitive rhythm. Rickey's strength as a player lies within his impressive ability to hit consistent home-runs, so The Hill only ever shows him batting and being successful at it. Celentano stages each moment Rickey steps up to bat in the same exact way, taking the intrigue and tension out of the moment.

It's clear the movie, written by Angelo Pizzo and Scott Marshall Smith (and based on a screenplay by Aric Hornig and Stephen Hintz), has no interest in genuinely exploring Rickey's skills and growth as a player. He's brilliant from the start, as an apparent stranger tells him early on, and he stays brilliant. It's very one-note. The Hill 's conflict comes from James' objections and Rickey's health problems, but even then, those issues are not sold as being particularly devastating. James capitulates to Rickey's repeated insistence that it was his God-given destiny to play baseball multiple times, and even the detail that James has never attended one of his son's games lacks emotional weight because, outside of that, he seems decently supportive. Meanwhile, Rickey's degenerative spinal disease resurfaces when he's a young adult, but outside of people directly saying he can't play or walk, there's little indication this is a serious impediment to his abilities since Ford, who does his best to play a character with little depth, can't properly convey his physical disabilities.

Dennis Quaid, Joelle Carter, and Colin Ford in The Hill

Perhaps one of the biggest issues with The Hill is that it skips events that, one would think, would be the most impactful ones to see. Rickey taking off his braces for the first time isn't shown, but the audience is treated to the moment James realizes it in an awkwardly staged scene. Rickey's first baseball tryouts and early practices are ignored in favor of extended moments where he argues with James about God's will. Faith is important to these characters, and that's nothing to be scoffed at. However, The Hill 's interest in being a faith-based movie is at odds with its position as a sports biopic and general character study. By the end of the film, Rickey is still a bit of a mystery, as there's so much we don't know about him. Both Ford and Berry play Rickey with a respectable earnestness, but that isn't enough to make up for the story's shortcomings. Of the rest of the cast, Quaid makes the strongest impression with a somewhat contradictory character, though Bonnie Bedelia gets the next showiest role as Rickey's opinionated grandmother.

Overall, The Hill is lacking many of the hallmarks one would expect from a sports movie, pushing aside major events in favor of returning to its religious messaging. This leads to some baffling choices in its character development and storytelling, and those in turn erase much of the tension and emotion from the movie. Rickey certainly has an interesting journey, and there are moments when its power can be felt. Unfortunately, they don't make up the majority of The Hill 's runtime.

The Hill releases in theaters Friday, August 25. It is 126 minutes long and rated PG for thematic content, language, and smoking throughout.

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Character Profile: A Texas pastor. He is a Christian man who feels unlucky. Pastor Hill speaks frequently about his religious ideals but refuses to watch his son play baseball.

Quaid’s Resume: Gordon Cooper in The Right Stuff (1983), Frank Sullivan in Frequency (2000), Frank Whitaker in Far from Heaven (2002), Jack Hall in The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Sherrill Lynn in Lawmen: Bass Reeves (2023-)

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The Hill Cast: Colin Ford as Rickey Hill

The Hill Cast on Netflix - Colin Ford as Rickey Hill

Character Profile: Pastor Hill’s son. He suffers from a degenerative spinal disease. Rickey experiences another physical setback while pursuing his baseball goals.

Ford’s Resume: Young Nick in Push (2009), Dylan Mee in We Bought a Zoo (2011), Joe McAlister in Under the Dome (2013-15), Josh Wheeler in Daybreak (2019), Corporal Cordell Walker in Walker (2022-23)

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The Hill Cast: Joelle Carter as Helen Hill

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Character Profile: Pastor Hill’s wife. She supports her kids’ personal goals. Helen admires Rickey for his miraculous achievements.

Carter’s Resume: Penny Hardwick in High Fidelity (2000), Natalie in American Pie 2 (2001), Ava Crowder in Justified (2010-15), Laura Nagel in Chicago Justice (2017), Principal Kim Collins in Home Before Dark (2020-21)

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The Hill Cast: Scott Glenn as Red Murff

The Hill Cast on Netflix - Scott Glenn as Red Murff

Character Profile: A Major league Baseball scout. He is known for discovering Nolan Ryan. Red reluctantly allows Rickey to properly display his hitting skills despite not being able to run.

Glenn’s Resume: Bart Mancuso in The Hunt for Red October (1990), Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), John Adcox in Backdraft (1991), Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Legacy (2012), Kevin Garvey, Sr. in The Leftovers (2014-17)

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The Hill Cast: Siena Bjornerud as Gracie Shanz

The Hill Cast on Netflix - Siena Bjornerud as Gracie Shanz

Character Profile: Rickey’s girlfriend. She reunites with him years after bonding during their childhood. Gracie helps Rickey raise money for medical bills.

Bjornerud’s Resume: A Musician Known as Siena Bjørn — Also, Julie in Underdog (2019)

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Sister Act 2 celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and the bonds among its cast are stronger than ever. On the latest episode of The View , Whoopi Goldberg reunited with the original choir from the film for a special celebratory performance of “Oh Happy Day” and “Joyful, Joyful.”

Ryan Toby, the actor who played Ahmal in the 1993 film, returned for the performance, as did Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Monica Calhoun, Alex Martin, David Kater, Frank Odell Howard, Dionna Nichelle, Jermaine Montell, Tanya Trotter, DeeDee Magno Hall, Ashley Thompson, and Deondray Gossfield.

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And while some cast members were unable to attend the reunion, they sent their love and appreciation through recorded video segments. “I was very young, a teenager in fact. I got to work with the queen, Whoopi Goldberg. She was the kindest, coolest person to me ever,” Jennifer Love Hewitt shared. “I got to hear Lauryn Hill sing every day, just right outside the trailer or right in front of my face. All of you are the best and I’m just sending lots and lots of love. I wish that I could be with you. If you guys need me in No. 3, just call me up!”

Last year, Jennifer Hudson paid homage to the film during a special Halloween episode of The Jennifer Hudson Show while dressed as Goldberg’s character, Sister Mary Clarence. “That’s the power of an icon like Whoopi Goldberg,” Hudson said. “It helped me create my dreams. One, I wanted to be in the movie. And if nothing else, I would go to school and be like, maybe I could sit at my desk and sing a song like that. Or, maybe somebody will hand me the microphone so I can get up and sing like that. You think, you know, maybe I could be in a musical one day and sing a song. That would have been a dream for me to be able to do that.”

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Immediately after a jam-packed PlayStation State of Play, Konami aired a Silent Hill Transmission livestream, where the publisher shared a slew of details on the multiple Silent Hills projects currently in development.

Although we did not get any details on Silent Hill f and Silent Hill: Townfall , fans were treated to new gameplay and pre-ordering details for Silent Hill 2 Remake, in addition to a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming horror film Return to Silent Hill.

Read below to learn more about everything Konami revealed during the Silent Hill Transmission livestream.

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Following an intro message from Silent Hill producer Motoi Okamoto, the digital showcase started with 13 minutes of gameplay for Silent Hill 2 Remake .

The gameplay showed off some of the early moments of Silent Hill 2, with protagonist James Sunderland walking around in the iconic, fog-ridden town. There is another glimpse of combat, with James shown fending off a Lying Figure in one snippet and killing a Bubble Head Nurse after he enters the eerie and poorly-lit hospital.

Konami also shared pre-order details for Silent Hill 2 Remake, including confirmation that those who order the Deluxe Edition can play the game as early as October 6. In addition to 48-hour early access, Silent Hill 2 Remake Deluxe Edition owners will receive the game's digital artbook, soundtrack, and some in-game cosmetics.

The Silent Hill Transmission also included a developer diary from Bloober Team, the studio taking point on the remake, in addition to some words from the Silent Hill 2 Remake cast, including Luke Roberts, who plays James Sunderland in the remake, Salome Gunnarsdottir, who plays James' deceased wife, Mary Shepherd-Sunderland, and Silent Hill 2 antagonist Maria.

As announced during Thursday's State of Play , Silent Hill 2 Remake is out on October 8 for PC and PS5 .

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In late 2022, it was confirmed that Christophe Gans, the director of the 2006 film Silent Hill, would once again bring the survival horror franchise back to the big screens. Return to Silent Hill. Today's livestream gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Return to Silent Hill production.

Based on Silent Hill 2, Gans' explained that he wanted to adapt Silent Hill 2 "as an act of passion," claiming that the first four games in the Silent Hill franchises are "masterpieces" in his eyes. At times, Gans' interview cuts to a VO as the stream shows a few comparisons of the original Silent Hill 2 and Return to Silent Hill, recreating the same scenes.

Before today's announcement, news on the film was slim, beyond confirmation that War Horse actor Jeremy Irvine and Jogsaw actress Hannah Emily Anderson were cast as the co-leads , portraying James Sunderland and Mary, in addition to our first glimpse of Pyramid Head.

Return to Silent Hill has yet to set a release date.

Silent Hill: The Short Message Surpasses 2.5 million downloads on PS5

As the final Silent Hill Transmission event announcement, Koanmi revealed that Silent Hill: The Short Message has surpassed over 2.5 million downloads.

Released on January 31, 2024, Silent Hill: The Short Message is a Silent Hill spin-off released as a free-to-play horror game exclusively for the PS5. Set in modern-day Germany in an abandoned apartment complex called the "Villa," players control Anita, a teenager who is looking to uncover a mystery after she receives texts from her deceased friend Maya.

Roughly a week after its release, Konami revealed that it hit 1 million downloads .

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Lange is so good that she gives this therapy-corn version of The Show Must Go On a worldly center you can roll with and almost believe in.

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Her symptoms do cause some drama in the rehearsal process. She flubs her lines, screws up the blocking, forgets what act she’s in, and at one point literally falls on her face. Her most dramatic symptom, however, remains offstage: She keeps hallucinating that she’s seeing her beloved late husband (Michael Rose), a theater director who for some reason looks like an elegant European drug trafficker. David (Jesse Williams), the director of “The Cherry Orchard,” is a downtown star making his move to Broadway, and he hasn’t lost his faith in Lillian. But his tough-nut producer (Cindy Hogan) has. She keeps talking about bringing in the understudy to replace her.

The movie, written by Elisabeth Seldes Annacone and directed by Michael Cristofer, is a contraption that (mostly) works. It’s stitched together out of devices, like having Lillian’s neighbor, whom she flirts with on their stately adjoining Central Park South balconies, be a cornball Lothario played with jaded affection by Pierce Brosnan, or Lillian’s daughter saying a line like, “You never really wanted to be my mother. You just wanted to play the part!,” or the black-and-white faux-documentary-interview snippets that are like Bob Fosse Gone Cable Lite. The whole suspense about whether Lillian will make it through the rehearsal process and succeed on opening night — she’s the play’s box-office draw — carries you along, even as you realize it’s built around a major tinge of unreality. Is someone who’s struggling the way Lillian is really going to be able to perform this show all week long, for months on end?  

Yet Lange’s performance is so good that she gives this therapy-corn version of The Show Must Go On a worldly center you can roll with and almost believe in. Lillian relies on her long-time personal assistant, Edith ( Kathy Bates ), for just about everything, and these two actors have a cruelly intimate and feisty interplay you could listen to for hours. There are a couple of scenes that tap into the agony of dementia (and Lange, at those moments, is powerful), but “The Great Lillian Hall” is mostly a feel-good movie about using acting to turn the lemons life hands you into a grand illusion of lemonade.

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A behind-the-scenes preview has been released for the feature film Return to Silent Hill . As made clear by the video, the film takes heavy inspiration from Silent Hill 2 , one of the most popular titles of the video game series.

As part of a special stream for the franchise that debuted on May 30, brief snippets of footage from Return to Silent Hill had been unveiled, revealing a first look at Jeremy Irvine as James Sunderland . It included a BTS sneak peek preview for the movie, showcasing footage from the video game adaptation. Fans of Silent Hill 2 will recognize the characters and locations featured in the video, as Return to Silent Hill looks to be a very faithful adaptation of the iconic game . The preview can be watched below.

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"This film adds an emotional level to the horror, and certainly because of that, the horror is even more disturbing, even more unsettling," director Chrisophe Gans teased about how this new film differs from the 2006 film he previously helmed. "I consider that the first film was like an epic journey of horror. This one is much more like a deep dive into some psychological horror."

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Gans co-wrote the screenplay with Sandra Vo-Anh and Will Schneider. The film also stars Hannah Emily Anderson as Mary, whom James is seeking in Silent Hill. This is a fresh new take on the movie series with no direct connections to the previous films. Gans directed the 2006 film, but he did not return for the 2012 sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation . There have not been any other feature film adaptations made, though the video game series has released several installments since the original title from 1999, and a Silent Hill 2 remake is coming later this year .

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Video game adaptations have been finding more success as of late, and a key part of the strategy seems to be making them as faithful as possible. While fans originally criticized the Sonic the Hedgehog film after its first trailer unveiled a bizarre design for the titular character, a redesign was made that was more reminiscent of the games, and the result was embraced by fans. Other recent adaptations, like The Super Mario Bros. Movie , The Last of Us , and Fallout , have also been highly praised as very faithful.

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Whoopi Goldberg was overcome with emotion while reuniting with her Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit co-stars on this morning’s episode of The View , where she broke down in tears during the cast’s live performance of “Joyful, Joyful.”

Goldberg welcomed co-stars Kathy Najimy ,  Sheryl Lee Ralph , and  Wendy Makkena to the hit daytime talk show to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary and reminisce on their time working together. The now-grown-up Catholic school students in the film, including Goldberg’s real-life daughter Alex Martin , also joined in on the fun.

At the end of the episode, the cast, along with students from the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, graced the audience with a powerful performance of “Joyful, Joyful.” As Tanya Trotter took over the solo part from a missing Lauryn Hill , Goldberg danced and sang along while wearing a nun’s habit much like the one her character Sister Mary Clarence wore in the film.

By the end of the song, Goldberg was very clearly sobbing as she embraced her co-stars.

“Don’t forget, Sister Act 3 is in the works,” she reminded the audience. “The script is in and I can’t wait for the day I can say, ‘Come along for the ride,’ because we got that green light!”

Meanwhile, fans of the movie were absolutely living for this reunion on social media, with some declaring today’s broadcast the “ best episode of The View in years. “

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A third fan said , “It’s a beautiful moment to see Whoopi humbled and emotional by each of the actors memories of her,” while someone else chimed in , “I cried too! It was absolutely joyful!! Thank you.”

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  14. The Hill (2023 film)

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  16. THE HILL (2023)

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  20. The Hill Movie Review (Opening in Theaters on August 25th!)

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  21. The Hill (2023) Movie Reviews

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  22. The Hill Cast: Every Actor and Character in the 2023 Movie

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  23. The Hill Trailer #1 (2023)

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