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Kansas (1988)

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

Director:

David Stevens

Writer:

Spencer Eastman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Doyle Kennedy
Andrew McCarthy ... Wade Corey
Leslie Hope ... Lori Bayles
Alan Toy ... Nelson Nordquist
Andy Romano ... Fleener
Brent Jennings ... Buckshot
Brynn Thayer ... Connie
Kyra Sedgwick ... Prostitute Drifter
Harry Northup ... Governor
Clint Allen Clint Allen ... Ted
Arlen Dean Snyder ... George Bayles
Jim Lovelett ... Governor's Driver (as James Lovelett)
Louis Giambalvo ... Army Sergeant
Craig Benton Craig Benton ... Patrolman Casson
James Lea Raupp James Lea Raupp ... Man with Shirt
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A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

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First American cinema movie directed by Australian film director David Stevens. See more »

Goofs

Matt Dillon's character (Doyle Kennedy) was supposed to be a native Kansan, as indicated numerous times in the film. And yet, throughout the film he spoke with varying shades of a Southern drawl that is not at all reflective of the Kansan (or mid-western U.S.) manner of speaking and accent. See more »

Quotes

Doyle Kennedy: I didn't do that bank alone. I had help. Wade Corey? The hero all you suckers have been goin' on about? He did that bank. He was my partner. Turns out he's more horseshit than hero. How do you like that for a little con?...
Nelson Nordquist: Where's the proof, Doyle? You expect me to print that?
Doyle Kennedy: Well, you go ahead and print what you like. I don't buy that shit. Newspapers and the truth... you make it up the same as the rest of us.
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Soundtracks

OUR DIRECTOR
Music by F.E. Bigelow (uncredited)
Performed by The Oskaloosa High School Band
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The film starts off strongly but gradually deteriorates to a predictable outcome
21 April 2015 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

The two lead actors Andrew McCarthy and Matt Dillon did an admirable job in their roles as two drifters who by happen stance meet while freeloading on a moving train through Kansas. I really enjoyed the opening 10 minutes of the film and the Director's (David Stevens) use of the wheat combines chomping through a Kansas wheat field as the opening credits rolled along. I believed I was in for a pretty good film. Within the first 30 minutes a lot had occurred which I do not want to spoil for the viewers who have not yet watched the film so no spoiler alert is required.

As the plot progresses and the two lead characters roles emerge Doyle Kennedy (Matt Dillon) as the alpha male and his unsuspecting accomplice Wade Corey (Andrew McCarthy) continue on their mini crime spree it does not take them long to realize that they need to go their separate ways to avoid arrest and they agree to meet up later.

Doyle being a bit psychotic without a conscience wants to have a few drinks and connect with an old girlfriend. While Wade is looking for a way to continue his route to New York where he is expected as the Best Man at his friends wedding. So Wade stumbles upon a farm that is willing to give him a couple of weeks work in the wheat fields. Wade falls for the bosses daughter and he finds himself in a dilemma with his recent new criminal associate Doyle who wants to get the money they stole and move on out of town. Unfortunately for Doyle his criminal past and his distinguishing features (duh Wade!) leave the local police with an easy target to re-apprehend him.

The latter half of the film was predictable and a bit hokey. I thought because of the strong performances and cinema appeal of the first half of the film that maybe the production ran out of time and/or money and so a different director may have been used to complete the film. Since the first half of the film was so appealing I felt the latter half was a bit of a let down by the director David Stevens.

As a result I have rated the film a 6 out of 10. It is worth watching still but don't expect a great ending to a film that started off very strong.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas See more »

Filming Locations:

Overbrook, Kansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,274,742, 25 September 1988

Gross USA:

$2,432,536

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,432,536
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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