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Kansas City (1996)

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Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Stilton
Johnny O'Hara
Johnny Flynn
Babe Flynn
Nettie Bolt
Jeff Feringa ...
Addie Parker
A.C. Tony Smith ...
Sheepshan Red (as A.C. Smith)
Martin Martin ...
'Blue' Green
Albert J. Burnes ...
Ajia Mignon Johnson ...
Pearl Cummings
Rally Speaker
Tawanna Benbow ...


Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held at the Hey Hey Club, she launches a desperate plan to release him. She kidnaps the wife of a powerful local politician in an attempt to blackmail him into using his connections to free Johnny. Despite this being election time, he risks exposure by putting the political machine into action to free Johnny and thereby save his wife. Mrs. Stilton, meanwhile, has befriended Blondie and is impressed by her love and devotion to Johnny, especially in contrast to her own loveless marriage. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did.


Crime | Drama | Music | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some violence and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Канзас Сити  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$432,183 (USA) (16 August 1996)


AUD 61,051 (Australia) (1 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Altman grew up in Kansas City. See more »


When Governor Guy Park is telephoned about the kidnapping, he suggests notifying the state police. Missouri has no state police (only Highway Patrol). See more »


Seldom Seen: If my mother was alive, she'd cut your balls off. Woman went right to the point. She never, ever missed a beat.
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References Hold Your Man (1933) See more »

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I found the movie very interesting
6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie was obviously a musical satire of the political and social conditions in Americain that era (and to some degree today. Even if Altman did experience it first hand, he it he obviously did research and wrote as well as directed a movie that was right on the money. I found everyone's performance to be excellent and if you could not understand some of Belafontes lines it didn't detract from his role, nor did the performances of the rest of the cast as the movie was meant to make you well as be entertained. As for a story line..........unless you know nothing of the was right in your face.

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