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Kansas City Bomber (1972)

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Roller-derby skater K. C. Carr tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.

Director:

Jerrold Freedman

Writers:

Thomas Rickman (screenplay by), Calvin Clements Sr. (screenplay by) (as Calvin Clements) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raquel Welch ... K.C. Carr
Kevin McCarthy ... Burt Henry
Helena Kallianiotes ... Jackie Burdette
Norman Alden ... Horrible Hank Hopkins
Jeanne Cooper ... Vivien
Katherine Pass Katherine Pass ... Lovey (as Mary Kay Pass)
Martine Bartlett ... Mrs. Carr
Cornelia Sharpe ... Tammy O'Brien
William Gray Espy William Gray Espy ... Randy
Richard Lane ... Len (as Dick Lane)
Russ Marin Russ Marin ... Dick Wicks
Stephen Manley ... Walt
Jodie Foster ... Rita
Georgia Schmidt Georgia Schmidt ... Old Woman
Shelly Novack Shelly Novack ... Fan
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Roller-derby skater K. C. Carr tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.

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Taglines:

The Hottest Thing On Wheels

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Drama | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Round Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Barry Sandler got Raquel Welch interested in this project by showing up on her doorstep and leaving a script with her personal assistant. He was attending UCLA film school at the time. See more »

Goofs

KC makes two separate trips to see her children and mother in the movie, but in the second sequence all the actors are wearing the same clothes they had on previously. What's more, when KC makes her first visit, she drives to the location, yet her daughter is seen waiting to say goodbye next to a taxi cab. When KC makes her second trip, that's when she takes the taxi. See more »

Quotes

Randy: You bunch of female jock-strappers!
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Referenced in Really, Raquel (1974) See more »

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All Night Market
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Music by Don Ellis
Lyrics by Howard Liebling
Sung by Jeff Thomas
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One of my greatest guilty pleasures
21 November 2001 | by raykellerSee all my reviews

OK, so before Raquel became a "serious" actress, she did a number of fluffy, inconsequential films which displayed far more of her physical attributes than any heavy-duty acting chops. This film (while keeping la Raquel covered, for the most part) pretty much falls into "fluffy": good-hearted but lonely divorceé Diane "KC" Carr tries to make it in the Roller Games circuit, clashing with female cohorts and dodging male advances. Being a huge fan of Roller Games during the early 70s, I was thrilled that this film featured a number of RollerGame stars who were big at the time. Toss in a love affair between KC and a manipulative team owner, stir in strained relationships between KC & her mother and KC and one of her two young children (one played by a young Jodie Foster), add a bitter rivalry with fading Roller Games queen Jackie (excellent Golden Globe nominated performance by Helena Kallianiotes) and there hangs the drama. Kevin McCarthy oozes as the pawn-shifting team owner, and pulls off the love-interest quite believably in spite of the fact he is 26 years her senior! Overall, a good effort (with La Raquel executive producing) and a check-your-brains-at-the-door kind of movie, but one I still love to curl up in front of... even while folding laundry.

As of March 15, 2005, I just learned that the movie is finally scheduled for DVD release May 31, 2005. For those of you who have bought previous DVD versions, you're probably already aware that they're cheesy bootleg copies, mostly taped from TV then transferred to DVD-R; says the seller, "I bought this at a convention, so that's why the picture isn't so great."


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