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Kansas City Bomber (1972)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 2 August 1972 (USA)
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Roller derby skater K.C. Carr (Raquel Welch) tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.


Jerrold Freedman


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





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 ... Dick Wicks
Stephen Manley Stephen Manley ... Walt
Jodie Foster ... Rita
Georgia Schmidt Georgia Schmidt ... Old Woman
Shelly Novack ... Fan


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

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The Hottest Thing On Wheels


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


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 »


After Big Bertha defeats her in the grudge match a reverse image of K.C. is shown laying across the track with her splint seemingly on the left wrist and her number 11 backwards. See more »


K.C. Carr: But you can't just throw Hank on the dump heap after you've used him!
Burt Henry: What the hell you talking about, use him? We're all used! You, me, anybody on two legs! That's what it's all about. That's your American pie for you. You ought to know that by now.
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Your Way Ain't My Way, Baby
Music by Don Ellis
Lyrics by Howard Liebling and Jeff Thomas
Sung by Jeff Thomas
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Shame on You America, for Stubbornly Refusing to Give Raquel Welch the Professional Recognition She So Desperately Strived for and Deserved!
31 January 2016 | by TonyKissCastilloSee all my reviews

Loana-NO PHOTO AVAILABLE! This is what you are greeted with on IMDb when you click on the character name of Raquel Welch from ONE MILLION B.C….Considering her iconic fur-bikini clad image was the best-selling poster EVER until Farah Fawcett came along a decade later, I find this fact to be just beyond the limits of my Suspension of Disbelief! I imagine that someone, somewhere, feels that Jo Raquel Tejada deserves a break….And believe me, I could not possibly be in more agreement with that decision! With its miserable 5.4 IMDb rating, and MEASLY 711 votes, (To be crystal….That's considerably LESS than the 1,000 votes needed to be taken seriously here!) I state, most emphatically, that BOMBER is the most underrated film of the thousands on which I have voted on this website! Believe me, I have NEVER made the previous comment before!

Here is a film which parallels the intense focus of its lead character, K.C. Carr, on the somewhat seamy world of professional team roller-skating. For those of you under 40, this sport (or is that exhibition?) enjoyed a considerable cult following in the 50's, 60's and 70's. BOMBER does not pretend to offer us romance or glamor or alternate back-stories…Just a gritty and intense focus on K.C. Carr and her obsession to excel in team-skating. Perhaps, this is a bit of a metaphor for her desperation to be taken seriously as an actress? How do I recall so clearly a film released well over 40 years ago? That's a fair question!

Well, when HANNIE CAULDER was released in 1971, I thought the film was rather under-appreciated by both the critics and the public alike and, even much more obvious, was the undeserved nature of the almost universal panning of Ms. Welch's performance in the title role! There was a growing vocal tide of resentment in the media against Raquel Welch. When BOMBER was released, the media was awash in Raquel Welch jokes…Johnny Carson quipped: "Hey, how about that new Raquel Welch movie…Kansas City BOMBER…Talk about accurate Box-Office Predictions!!!" Ahhhhh…Ms. Welch has been haunted, for most of her career, by the ghost of Loana (Photo Seared into our Collective Cultural Memory!) So, I paid to see BOMBER on three occasions in 1972, applying my most critical eye! All I could see was a very skilled actress whose interpretation permeated every cell of her being. I suppose I was one of a very select group who saw it that way! BOMBER does have a lot more going for it than just the title role…Helena Kallianiotes turns in an excellent performance in a Golden Globe nominated supporting role.

BOMBER displays even handed direction that immerses us in the very realistic, rather seedy world of professional team skating. The technical excellence of the filming and editing of the on track scenes also cannot be overlooked. Although you might not rate it 9*, as I did, if you can manage to see BOMBER with an open mind, I am sure you will find it both entertaining and worthwhile!

ENJOY!/DISFRUTELA! Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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2 August 1972 (USA) See more »

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Fresno, California, USA See more »

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