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Kansas City Bomber (1972)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 2 August 1972 (USA)
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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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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Raquel Welch performed most of her own stunts. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

K.C. Carr: ['spontaneous' argument for the climactic match race showdown] Listen, this is a washed-up old bitch who can't even skate anymore, she trips over her own feet!
Jackie Burdette: All because I'm being sick and tired of you being a glory hustler even on your own team. If KC Carr thinks she's so darn cute, I wonder how cute she'd be in a match race.
K.C. Carr: Yeah, oh listen to her, a match race, you must be joking! Man, a match race means nothing. I could beat you hands down, but if that's what you want...
Trainer Vivien: Come on, KC
K.C. Carr: ...
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Referenced in Really Raquel (1974) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
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3 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Kansas City Bomber is both a gritty,realistic action film and a perfect showcase for the talents of Raquel Welch! The film opens with a (staged) match-race which sests the tone for the rest of the story... Raquel portrays Diane"KC"Carr-a beautiful,dissallusional mother of two who has become a pro-skater for both the money and the desire to succeed in something for HERSELF!Her two children(curiously about the same ages as Raquels kids in real-life) live in Kansas City with her concerned yet old-fashioned mother.KC's mother of course wants her to quit the life on the road and simply come home to the kids.KC says she just needs"a piece of the action" but we can tell that Mom's advice IS sinking in! Meanwhile life on the road as a pro-skater is no bed of roses: KC's new team the Portland Loggers is managed by the shifty and suave Burt Henry-Mr. Henry has "big plans" for KC-not to mention making her his(latest?) love interest!Much to the dismay of the other girls on the team-especially the aging,alcoholic,scrapper Jackie Burdett. Mr.Henry's idea of achieving his 'big plans' involve elevating KC's status at whatever the cost! Will he succeed? Or will KC's better judgement win out? Aside from the obvious plot drama,Kansas City Bomber is probably the first movie to reveal the life of second-rate athletes.This movie takes some chances with showing it's skaters as they were in the 1970s-mostly middle-aged and lonely! They travel from city to city in buses,hang out together in cheap bars,and get no other joys from their lives-except while signing thier fans autographs! I especially appreciate the way that the filmakers resisted the temptation to glamourize the sport of pro-skating-instead they have portrayed it mostly as it was in the 70s-a dying sport! These skaters perform to dingy and half-empty arenas and expo centers-populated with the elderly,disabled and too young patrons! Clearly nobody is getting rich here-EXCEPT for the sleazy Mr.Henry!


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