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Writers (WGA):
Robert Altman (written by) &
Frank Barhydt (written by)
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Release Date:
16 August 1996 (USA) See more »
Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did.
Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Blondie O'Hara

Miranda Richardson ... Carolyn Stilton

Harry Belafonte ... Seldom Seen

Michael Murphy ... Henry Stilton

Dermot Mulroney ... Johnny O'Hara

Steve Buscemi ... Johnny Flynn

Brooke Smith ... Babe Flynn

Jane Adams ... Nettie Bolt
Jeff Feringa ... Addie Parker
A.C. Tony Smith ... Sheepshan Red (as A.C. Smith)
Martin Martin ... 'Blue' Green
Albert J. Burnes ... Charlie Parker
Ajia Mignon Johnson ... Pearl Cummings

Tim Snay ... Rally Speaker
Tawanna Benbow ... Rose
Cal Pritner ... Governor Park
Jerry Fornelli ... Tom Pendergast

Michael Ornstein ... Jackie Ciro
Michael Garozzo ... Charlie Gargotta
Joe Digirolamo ... John Lazia
John Durbin ... Gas Station Attendant
Gina Belafonte ... Hey-Hey Club Hostess
Nancy Marcy ... Telegraph Operator

Buck Baker ... Train Station Agent
Dorothy Kemp-Clark ... Mrs. Bruce
Edward Pennington ... Governor Park's Butler
Robert Elliott ... Lazia Man

Marlon Hoffman ... Lazia Man
Patrick Oldani ... Lazia Man
Philip Trovato ... Lazia Man
James Carter ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Craig Handy ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
David Murray ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone

Joshua Redman ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Davis ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Alto Saxophone
David 'Fathead' Newman Jr. ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Alto Saxophone
Don Byron ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Clarinet / Baritone Saxophone
Olu Dara ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
Nicholas Payton ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
James Zollar ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trombone
Clark Gayton ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trombone
Victor Lewis ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Drums
Geri Allen ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Piano
Cyrus Chestnut ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Piano
Ron Carter ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Tyrone Clark ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass

Christian McBride ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Russell Malone ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Guitar
Mark Whitfield ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Guitar
Kevin Mahogany ... Hey-Hey Club Musician: Vocalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Anselmo ... Gangster (uncredited)
Glenn Bartlett ... Union Station Man in Derby (uncredited)

Cameron DeVictor ... Gangster (uncredited)

Ron Licari ... Bar drunk (uncredited)
David McKay ... Hey-Hey Club Musician - Baritone Saxophone (uncredited)

John Pritchett ... Phone Clerk (uncredited)

Andrew Patrick Ralston ... Flynn's Man (uncredited)
Jason Ray ... Businessman (uncredited)

Tim Wrobel ... Pendergast Voter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Robert Altman (written by) &
Frank Barhydt (written by)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... executive producer
James McLindon .... associate producer
Matthew Seig .... co-producer
David C. Thomas .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
Film Editing by
Geraldine Peroni 
Casting by
Elisabeth Leustig 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Susan Emshwiller  (as Susan J. Emshwiller)
Costume Design by
Dona Granata 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... assistant hair stylist
Laurie Foglia .... assistant makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... assistant hair stylist
Vonda K. Morris .... assistant makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti .... key hair stylist
Micheline Trépanier .... key makeup artist (as Micheline Trepanier)
Cheryl Eckert .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
David C. Thomas .... unit production manager
John A. Amicarella .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Ascher .... dga trainee (as D. Laemmle Ascher)
David Bryant .... additional second assistant director
Stephen P. Dunn .... first assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
Alexandra E. Perce .... second assistant director
Christina Stauffer .... second second assistant director (as Tina Stauffer)
Art Department
Matthew R. Altman .... lead man
Dawn Brown .... set designer
John Bucklin .... construction coordinator
Molly Click .... art department coordinator
David D. Connolly .... construction foreman
Jason Davis .... on-set dresser
Loretta Dungan .... sign painter
Jeni Edwards .... set dresser
Rick Evans .... property restoration
Stephen Goldblatt .... lead scenic
Ted Haigh .... assistant art director
Jane Harlow .... construction accountant
Phil Irwin .... set dresser
Geri Lamer .... draper
Ron Licari .... assistant property master
Anthony Maccario .... property master
Lisa Maria Miller .... on-set dresser
Shawna Mull .... sign painter
Jeff Owens .... construction coordinator (as Jeff T. Owens)
Daniel C. Rothenberg .... lead man
Robin L. Schillaci .... set dresser
Ken Smith .... second assistant property
Wayne Springfield .... construction foreman
Thomas R. Stiller .... set designer
Donna Leigh Tatum .... set dresser
Aaron Ali Tichenor .... set dresser
Naython Vane .... set dresser
Chandler Vinar .... set dresser
Jason Davis .... on set dresser (uncredited)
Allan B. Holt .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Catherine Calleson .... first assistant sound
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Patricio A. Libenson .... sound effects editor (as Patricio Libenson)
James Matheny .... dialogue editor (as Jim Matheny)
John Pritchett .... production sound
Rocky Quiroz .... cable person
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Joel Shryack .... assistant sound
Special Effects by
Sam Barkan .... special effects coordinator
Bruce A. Strong .... special effects foreman
Michael Adams .... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Mark Fulks .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunt driver
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Grady Walker .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Reed Altman .... camera operator
Eric D. Andersen .... additional camera operator
Mark Bracewell .... best boy electric
Roger Branit .... second assistant camera
Scotty Childers .... key rigging grip
Kevin Fahey .... grip (as Kevin J. Fahey)
Michael James Fahey .... best boy grip (as Michael J. Fahey)
Patrick C. Huerter .... film loader
Tommy Lohmann .... focus puller
Joseph Mandacina .... additional camera operator
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip
Michael A. McFadden .... grip (as Mike McFadden)
David A. Parks .... electrician
Larry S. Prinz .... chief lighting technician (as Larry Prinz)
Eli Reed .... still photographer
Herbert A. Rook .... swing rigger
Roycee Schlotzhauer .... electrician
Ed Seaman .... electrician
Richard Speed .... electrician
Wayne Stroud .... dolly grip
James B. Walsh .... best boy rigging grip
Kevin Welsh .... electrician
Steven G. Fracol .... steadicam operator: fx shots (uncredited)
Edward Stencel .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Linda Baska .... casting assistant
William Sell .... casting assistant (as William J. Sell)
Peter Slowey .... casting assistant
Heather Laird .... casting: Kansas City (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Emmrich-Selby .... wardrobe production assistant
Mitzi Haralson .... set costumer
Tom Houchins .... costumer
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko .... assistant costume designer
Denise Martinez .... costume supervisor (as Denise L. Martinez)
Eleanor Patton .... costumer
Robin Roberts .... costumer
Barbara Ann Altman .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Keiko Deguchi .... first assistant editor
Sheila MacDowell .... first assistant editor
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Pablo Prietto .... apprentice editor
William Yeh .... second assistant editor
John Marston .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Steven Bernstein .... associate music producer
Charlie Bouis .... assistant music recording engineer
Eimear Bradbury .... music coordinator
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor (as Sue Jacobs)
Eric Johnston .... music recording crew
Eric Liljestrand .... music mixer
Eric Liljestrand .... music recordist
Butch Morris .... conductor
George Edward Regis .... legal: music
Hal Willner .... music producer
Transportation Department
Dana Altman .... picture car coordinator
Oscar Beguiristain .... transportation captain
Patty Blake .... assistant coordinator office: transportation
Aneikit Bonnel .... driver
Ashley Fierman .... driver
Lance Hruza .... driver
Mark Hutman .... driver: art department
Gracie Klein .... driver
Sherry Koftan .... driver (as Sherry L. Koftan)
John McLaughlin .... driver (as John H. McLaughlin)
Kristi A. Medley .... picture car assistant
James L. Morris .... driver
Jan Overson .... driver
Terry R. Owens .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Taggert .... driver
Harry Taylor .... driver (as Harry C. Taylor)
Bubba Thrift .... driver
Other crew
Carol Barta .... production liaison
Brandy Bauman .... lead scenic assistant
C. Jeanenne Bell .... jewelry consultant
Elizabeth A. Bergman .... third accountant
Rick Brainin .... caterer
Shawna Bridgman .... labor coordinator
Shawna Bridgman .... material coordinator
Shannon Broderick .... set production assistant
Bonnie Cagle .... milliner/crafts
Julie Clark .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Cole .... stitcher
Signe Corriere .... assistant: Robert Altman
Rick Cowan .... location manager
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Martin L. Diggs .... set production assistant
John J. Drees .... set medic
Leon Ericksen .... set detailer
Gwen Everman .... production accountant (as Gwendolyn Everman)
John 'Fletch' Fletcher .... location assistant
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Christopher Godfrey .... office production assistant
Leslie Godfrey .... production coordinator (as Leslie D. Godfrey)
Wendy Gray .... location manager
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialogue coach
Laurene Hirschberg .... researcher
Frank Inn .... doberman supplier
Heather Jameson .... set production assistant
Shellie Jeffrey .... stitcher
Nancy Jones Wetmore .... milliner/crafts
Lorie Jones .... production secretary
Karl Knief .... set production assistant
Olivia Lewis .... stitcher
Jeff Maynard .... office production assistant
Jennifer Melching .... location assistant
Carla Meyer .... dialogue coach
Cindy Miles .... stitcher
Karen Naser .... shop head
Greg Ovard .... location manager
Joe Reif .... set production assistant
Scott Schudy .... assistant location manager
George Sheanshang .... legal: production
Karen S. Smith .... craft service
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Mary Traylor .... stitcher
Dale Wibben .... custom made clothing: women
Whitney J. Willard .... assistant accountant
Robert Wojewodski .... milliner/crafts
Scott Zipp .... location assistant
Michael Altman .... projectionist (uncredited)
Julie Hansen .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Annjela Hynes-Porter .... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Marston .... location projectionist: replacement (uncredited)
Benjamin Meade .... production assistant (uncredited)
Leslie Jean Porter .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Dylan Tichenor .... technical coordinator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language, and for some violence and drug use
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Kim Basinger was originally cast as Carolyn.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Carolyn Stilton:[after being forced to reveal the pet names she and her husband use] What a terrible invasion of privacy!
Blondie O'Hara:Yeah, ain't it?
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A Fantastic Film with a Bonus of Great Music, 27 April 2005
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

Bottom line, whether you love or hate "Kansas City" will depend on your reaction to Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance. Leigh's character Blondie anchors the story as a desperate wife trying to save her husband from the gangsters he tried to rob. Leigh looks great in this role, she is fit and trim which makes her face cuter and her character more fragile looking. The contrast between her almost angelic appearance and her tough persona is intentional because the toughness is an affectation, qualities she has adopted because she loves her husband and they are a turn-on for him.

Her's is the key performance of the film, the twist is her emulation of Kansas City native Jean Harlow ("The Public Enemy" and "Girl from Missoui"). Watch Harlow in "Red Headed Woman" and you will see the incredible physical resemblance between the two actresses. Personally I found it both touching and humorous; her character worthy of the brave heroine hall of fame. But it is almost a caricature and some viewer will be put off by this tiny woman talking so tough.

As in "Nashville", there are great songs (but jazz rather than country) throughout the film. It is important to realize that "Blondie's" behavior is intended to mirror the "cutting contests" between the jazz musicians on-stage at the club. Just as the musicians borrow from one another and weave each others stuff into what they are improvising, "Blondie" borrows from the movies and weaves Harlow's tough girl phrases and expressions into her conversation.

Leigh and Miranda Richardson spend most of the film in each other's company. Although Richardson's character is doped up on laudanum (tincture of opium) most of the time, you get the idea that she is taking in a lot more of the situation than she is letting on. There is almost a "Thelma and Louise" quality to their relationship, in part because Leigh doing Harlow ends up sounding a lot like Geena Davis doing Geena Davis. The two women are polar opposites in the way they react to the desperation in their lives; one has lost all restraint, the other has lost everything but restraint.

Richardson's character is unexpectedly touching. An emotional bond is subtly forged between the two women as the film proceeds, with Richarson gradually becoming totally protective of her kidnapper. The ending is shocking but you understand the motivation, then looking back you pick up on the various foreshadowing devices that Altman placed throughout the film. He goes out with a bass duet of Duke Ellington's "Solitude" performed by Ron Carter and Christian McBride.

Like many films with downbeat endings, "Kansas City" is destined to be more appreciated 25 years after its release.

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