Briarcliff Acquires Sports Drama “The Hill”

Dennis Quaid is returning to the mound, or at least trying to keep his son away from it, in the new baseball drama The Hill.

Briarcliff has acquired the real-life sports story, and set the film for a summer release.

Quaid plays Pastor James Hill, the overly protective father of Rickey Hill (Colin Ford). Destined for baseball greatness in spite of his physical limitation, Rickey strives to achieve his dream of making it to the big leagues. The script is sure to be a favorite of dads and grandpas everywhere, as the script comes from Angelo Pizzo, who wrote Hoosiers and Rudy. He also penned the more faith-based My All American, which this film more closely resembles. The cast also includes Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard) and Scott Glenn (Greenland).

The Hill arrives in theaters on August 18.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.