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Kansas City (1996)

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A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City.

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Robert Altman
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Blondie O'Hara
Miranda Richardson ... Carolyn Stilton
Harry Belafonte ... Seldom Seen
Michael Murphy ... Henry Stilton
Dermot Mulroney ... Johnny O'Hara
Steve Buscemi ... Johnny Flynn
Brooke Smith ... Babe Flynn
Jane Adams ... Nettie Bolt
Jeff Feringa Jeff Feringa ... Addie Parker
A.C. Tony Smith A.C. Tony Smith ... Sheepshan Red (as A.C. Smith)
Martin Martin Martin Martin ... 'Blue' Green
Albert J. Burnes Albert J. Burnes ... Charlie Parker
Ajia Mignon Johnson Ajia Mignon Johnson ... Pearl Cummings
Tim Snay ... Rally Speaker
Tawanna Benbow Tawanna Benbow ... Rose
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Storyline

Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held at the Hey Hey Club, she launches a desperate plan to release him. She kidnaps the wife of a powerful local politician in an attempt to blackmail him into using his connections to free Johnny. Despite this being election time, he risks exposure by putting the political machine into action to free Johnny and thereby save his wife. Mrs. Stilton, meanwhile, has befriended Blondie and is impressed by her love and devotion to Johnny, especially in contrast to her own loveless marriage. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did.

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Crime | Drama | Music | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Fine Line

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Канзас Сити See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Kansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,356,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,356,828
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Altman grew up in Kansas City. See more »

Goofs

When Governor Guy Park is telephoned about the kidnapping, he suggests notifying the state police. Missouri has no state police (only Highway Patrol). See more »

Quotes

Seldom Seen: You have to understand Sheepshan. He's a loser. And losers've got to be respected. They're the backbone of my business. They're my customers, and I take good care of my customers.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Blues in the Dark
Written by Count Basie (as William 'Count' Basie), Jimmy Rushing (as James Rushing)
Arranged by Steven Bernstein
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Altman at his best!
11 January 1999 | by DeeDee-10See all my reviews

Kansas City is absolutely stunning! Jazz is played practically throughout the entire movie, and one scene in particular could have gone on forever as far as I'm concerned. You'll know which scene I mean when you see it! A real get up and jump 10 minutes or so. Jennifer Jason Leigh was at her best. It was a complex role and her development of the character was incredible. Belefonte was chilling! Altman really picked up a sense of the time and place. This is a must see for jazz fans.


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