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Kansas (1988)

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Toy ...
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Clint Allen ...
George Bayles
Governor's Driver (as James Lovelett)
Army Sergeant
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Patrolman Casson
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A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

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One bad decision can change your life forever! See more »


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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kansas, dos hombres, dos caminos  »

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Did You Know?


Star Matt Dillon one said of his Doyle Kennedy character in this film: "Kids will go for Doyle, he's a guy with so many contradictions. He's a guy after the American Dream. He sees ways of bettering himself; he's spontaneous and an opportunist. Only he pursues the dream in an amoral way". See more »


Kansas license plates are issued by county, with a two-letter code representing each county. Many of the cars of residents of the same area have county license plates from counties far apart. See more »


Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »


Music by Daniel E. Kelley (uncredited)
Performed by The Oskaloosa High School Band
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You meet such interesting people on the railroad
10 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

After watching Kansas I still haven't figured out why Andrew McCarthy just didn't call his friend and tell him my car died in Utah and there ain't no way I can make the wedding, get yourself another best man. Of course there would be no picture if he did that.

Nevertheless McCarthy decided because he was a romantic he'd like to try bumming rides in freight cars on the railroad maybe because you meet such interesting people. In McCarthy's case he meets an amiable Matt Dillon going home to Kansas and the small town he grew up in.

Dillon might seem amiable, but he soon enough gets McCarthy involved in a bank robbery and the two are fleeing. McCarthy has the loot and he buries it in a tree. But then on a heroic impulse he jumps in a river to save a drowning girl and the stranger is now a town hero.

In the meantime Dillon flees far enough and then turns around to get McCarthy and the money.

The tension in Kansas is whether McCarthy will be discovered as a bank robber just when things are going well for him. He's even taken interest in country girl Leslie Hope. Dillon on his return back shows what a truly sociopathic character he is with several acts of brutality.

Watching Kansas put me in mind of I Was A Fugitive From A Chain Gang and how Paul Muni got caught up in something he was really not involved in. McCarthy is a bit less innocent than Muni was. Still it was not an enviable situation.

Kansas is a well constructed film with very good tension buildup and helped by location shooting in the title state. McCarthy and Dillon acquit themselves in roles they are well type cast in.

I'd see this one when broadcast.

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