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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 tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.

Director:

Jerrold Freedman

Writers:

Thomas Rickman (screenplay), Calvin Clements Sr. (screenplay) (as Calvin Clements) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Dick Wicks
Stephen Manley Stephen Manley ... Walt
Jodie Foster ... Rita
Georgia Schmidt Georgia Schmidt ... Old Woman
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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The Hottest Thing On Wheels

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas City Bomber See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production shut down for six weeks after Raquel Welch broke her wrist during training. In the interim, she flew to Budapest and filmed a cameo in "Bluebeard" opposite Richard Burton. Said Welch of the eager "Bluebeard" producers: "They didn't care if my arm was broke." 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

Jackie Burdette: I said I'm okay when I'm okay and, ah... I'm okay when I'm not okay. Okay? Okay?
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Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
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Soap Opera on Roller Skates
10 July 2004 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

Let me get this out of the way, not only was I a huge roller derby fan, Raquel Welch was my first pubescent crush. I was only six at the time this film was released and I every Saturday afternoon I would sit glued to the set watching my favorite team, the Los Angeles Thunderbirds do battle every week with their rivals. Now when I heard that there was a movie about the roller derby coming out, I was extremely excited. Also, when I saw Raquel Welch on the cover of Life Magazine, I really got excited. However, I had to wait a few years to see this movie on television and when I did, I couldn't see what I made a fuss about. Sure, Ms. Welch was hot in this film and the skating sequences were excellent, but as far as the story goes, you can have it. The story was nothing but pure soap opera. The only thing I really enjoyed about this film was Norman Alden's performance as the aging roller derby star who acted as sort of a big brother to K.C.. Other than that and the skating sequences, this movie fell flat. However, if you want to see what made roller derby big in the 1970's, this film is for you.


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