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Going to Kansas City (1998)

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Mikko, an exchange student from Finland, arrives in Kansas City. He is expecting to spend a year in the centre of the big city but the plans have already changed. He has a new host family, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikko Vihavainen
Melissa Galianos ...
Carly Malone
Susan Almgren ...
Bonnie Bruckner (as Susie Almgren)
Daniel Pilon ...
Jack Bruckner
Charlie Bruckner (as Kristen Holdenreid)
Billy Ossining
Karine Dion ...
Karen Olsen
Shawn Potter ...
Floyd Weaver
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...
Minor Mustain ...
Sheriff Creed
Belinda Hum ...
Chip Chuipka ...
Alex Taggert


Mikko, an exchange student from Finland, arrives in Kansas City. He is expecting to spend a year in the centre of the big city but the plans have already changed. He has a new host family, who live on a farm far outside the city. The life in the countryside becomes much more exciting when he gets to know the sheriff's daughter and falls in love. Too bad that the father doesn't allow it. When the harmless trip to the out-of-town bar goes terribly wrong, Mikko has to face a very serious reality. The concealed hatred between certain characters doesn't make the situation any easier. Written by T.J.A.

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31 July 1998 (Finland)  »

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Going Back to Kansas City  »

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FIM 14,278,968 (estimated)

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Kari Sohlberg was attached to work as an cinematographer. See more »


Carly: Can I get you something?
Mikko: Sure, anything.
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Referenced in A-studio: Episode dated 11 January 2010 (2010) See more »

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Forgotten gem
7 April 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie way back when it first came out and I found it really good back then (well, what can I say, I was younger). Now I happened to see this again and decided to come in here IMDb to drop a few lines about it.

First of all this movie looks a bit like all Finnish movies did back in the 90s. I don't know if the director is Finnish or how is this movie Finnish influenced, but I have to say its definitely way above the average Finnish movie made in the 90s.

This movie has its faults. From time to time it looks quite amateur made, acting is a bit bad in some scenes and the plot could be far more twisted. Anyways, Going to Kansas city had me hooked on the 2nd viewing as it did on first over 10 years ago. Well this is a test that only a truly good movie will pass.

I watch about 200 movies a year and Going to Kansas city was ones that really kept me interested from beginning till the end.

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