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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 »
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Tagline:
Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did.
Plot:
Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, and for some violence and drug use
Runtime:
116 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robert Altman grew up in Kansas City.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: While the music sessions were not strictly done as period pieces, the inclusion of the Gibson electric guitar jumped the gun by a few years. The ES-150 didn't go into production until 1936 and had a blade type pickup.See more »
Quotes:
Seldom Seen:You have to understand Sheepshan. He's a loser. And losers've got to be respected. They're the backbone of my business. They're my customers, and I take good care of my customers.See more »
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Featured in Altman (2014)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Rich Textured Visuals, 12 February 2012
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

A kidnapping and a robbery move the plot forward in a film that's less about plot than about cultural ambiance. "Kansas City" is mostly a cinematic expression of place and time. It's 1934, when gangsters and jazz ruled and Blacks and Whites went their separate ways.

Visuals are very dark. And though the film is in color, tints are muted, which conveys a nostalgic, sentimental mood. The thin plot takes place largely at night. And the plot alternates with dark interior scenes at the Hey Hey Club, a risqué, all-Black speakeasy where an all-Black band jives free-form jazz, and where illegal gambling fills the back rooms.

None of the characters are sympathetic. But I don't think they're supposed to be. They're archetypes, models of desperate people in desperate times. A gun-wielding gangster's girl named Blondie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wants to be like Jean Harlow. Mrs. Stilton (Miranda Richardson) is a wealthy, spaced-out politician's wife. Seldom Seen (based on a real-life person and played by Harry Belafonte) is the cigar smoking godfather who rules the dark, smoky Hey Hey Club with an iron fist and who likes to stand around giving lectures to people.

The script's dialogue is mostly subtext, with message directed less at other characters than at viewers. And, as in other Altman films, then-current politics dance around the edges of the seedy story. The overall tone mixes depression with desperation.

For me this is an easy film to judge. The characters and plot I cared for not at all. Jennifer Jason Leigh was painful to watch. And though the jazz is performed with great competence, its free-form, improvisational style is too contemporary to reflect the 1930s. On the other hand, Miranda Richardson gives a fine performance. Attention to detail in costumes, sets, props, and storefront exteriors make the film come alive with era realism. And lighting is absolutely terrific.

If you go into this movie expecting a deep story and well-constructed plot, you'll be disappointed. Absorb the overall texture of the film's visuals. "Kansas City" is a terrific visual portrait of a specific place at a specific time.

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