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Rich Hill

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Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo

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About the Movie

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that hard work will be rewarded and even they can live the American dream. Spending a year with these boys and their families, homegrown Missouri filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo craft a tale that is cinematically rich and exquisitely intimate, and put a human face on rural poverty in a respectful and artistic way. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 45
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An intimately observant look at individual children and the details of their daily lives and personalities. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Jul 31, 2014

Fresh: What makes this elegy worth watching is the unfettered access to Andrew, Appachey and Harley, teenagers who are dealing with a hardscrabble existence in which role models are nowhere in sight. – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 21, 2014

Fresh: "Rich Hill" doesn't analyze or point to conclusions; the only agenda is reminding us that these boys exist - and millions like them and their sisters. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 14, 2014

Fresh: Inside these average American lives are futures far too often passed over or, worse, written off. This terrific film gives the teenagers their due. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Jul 31, 2014

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Customer Reviews

One of the most remarkable films of the decade!

Ever since I saw this film at Sundance, it has stayed in my head and heart. It tells the story of three very different, yet equally complex, charming and funny boys coming of age in rural poverty. But it's so much more than that. In these three boys, you'll see glimpses of the young men you know and love. You will laugh with them, and you will cry with them. It's a film that, while being about poverty, shows the town and people in a completely dignified way. It is complex, heartbreaking, funny, and hopeful. And I dare say it, but that Andrew is a boy band-caliber heartthrob! Do yourself a big favor and take 90 minutes from your night and watch this, absorb it, and share it. And ENJOY it!


Was lucky enough to have seen this at Sundance and was taken aback by the honesty and stark reality present in the lives of the three boys that Rich Hill focuses on. While it may not be a feel-good movie in the literal sense, it does what great cinema does — shines a light on a group of people in a part of this world and makes you feel for their plight with some element of hope & goodwill.

Looking forward to getting to see this again — it’s a solid doc that really should be seen.

Most moving film of the year so far!

Saw this at Sundance - incredibly inspiring. Rare that a film captures the full picture of growing up working-class in rural America with the same empathy and eye for detail that this one does. A must see.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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