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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


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Screenwriter Barry Sandler, who originated the project and left his only copy of the screenplay with Raquel Welch's assistant at Welch's house, says he waited weeks and weeks for an answer from Welch or her team on whether she was interested in doing this movie. In the interim, Sandler says he was briefly in contact with Roger Smith, husband and manager of Ann-Margret, who was interested in finding a dramatic vehicle of this type for his wife after she completed Carnal Knowledge (1971). See more »


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 »


Horrible Hank Hopkins: I guess they got their money's worth tonight, didn't they, K.C.?
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Referenced in CSI: Miami: Wheels Up (2011) See more »


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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Wrestling On Wheels
20 May 2010 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Bruising action and bruised egos propel the plot in this look at the pro roller derby world of the early 1970s. Raquel Welch plays K.C. Carr, a physically tough but emotionally vulnerable young woman who can "jam" with the best of them. For K.C., her job as a player pays the bills, but it keeps her on the road, separated from her two young, fatherless children.

I would estimate that roughly fifty percent of the film takes place in an indoor rink, where skaters go lap after lap around the rink, trying to gain advantage on each other, as the audience cheers and jeers, depending on who they like and don't like. The film portrays fans as low-class, uneducated dolts, oblivious to their obvious manipulation by franchise owner Mr. Henry (Kevin McCarthy), who carefully orchestrates skater performances. The seedy backstage world of pro skating reeks of cheap quarters and beer joints. Among the players, jealousies, anger, and fear lurk just below the surface.

Aside from the roller derby element, the story is rather thin. But it does end in a somewhat surprising way.

Raquel Welch gives a really fine performance, even though she's just a tad too "pretty", relative to the other women skaters. K.C. wants to get along and be a team player, but her adversaries give her a rough time. Welch gives her character an emotional depth that makes K.C. warm-hearted despite her physical toughness.

Lighting is very dark, which matches the film's dreary, downbeat tone throughout. Camera shots are quite effective in the fast changing skating action.

Owing to its narrow focus, "Kansas City Bomber" will be of interest to a very restricted base of potential viewers. Beyond this base, the film is worth a look for the fine performance of Raquel Welch.

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2 August 1972 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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