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Kansas City ()


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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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Blondie O'Hara
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Carolyn Stilton
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Seldom Seen
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Henry Stilton
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Johnny O'Hara
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Johnny Flynn
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Babe Flynn
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Nettie Bolt
Jeff Feringa ...
Addie Parker
A.C. Tony Smith ...
Sheepshan Red (as A.C. Smith)
Martin Martin ...
'Blue' Green
Albert J. Burnes ...
Charlie Parker
Ajia Mignon Johnson ...
Pearl Cummings
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Rally Speaker
Tawanna Benbow ...
Rose
Cal Pritner ...
Governor Park
Jerry Fornelli ...
Tom Pendergast
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Jackie Ciro
Michael Garozzo ...
Charlie Gargotta
Joe Digirolamo ...
John Lazia
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Gas Station Attendant
Gina Belafonte ...
Hey-Hey Club Hostess
Nancy Marcy ...
Telegraph Operator
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Train Station Agent
Dorothy Kemp-Clark ...
Mrs. Bruce
Edward Pennington ...
Governor Park's Butler
Robert Elliott ...
Lazia Man
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Lazia Man
Patrick Oldani ...
Lazia Man
Philip Trovato ...
Lazia Man
James Carter ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Craig Handy ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
David Murray ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
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Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Davis ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Alto Saxophone
David 'Fathead' Newman Jr. ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Alto Saxophone
Don Byron ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Clarinet / Baritone Saxophone
Olu Dara ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
Nicholas Payton ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
James Zollar ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trombone
Clark Gayton ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trombone
Victor Lewis ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Drums
Geri Allen ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Piano
Cyrus Chestnut ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Piano
Ron Carter ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Tyrone Clark ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
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Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Russell Malone ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Guitar
Mark Whitfield ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Guitar
Kevin Mahogany ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician: Big Joe Turner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Anselmo ...
Gangster (uncredited)
Glenn Bartlett ...
Union Station Man in Derby (uncredited)
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Gangster (uncredited)
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Bar drunk (uncredited)
David McKay ...
Hey-Hey Club Musician - Baritone Saxophone (uncredited)
Gerald McWilliams ...
Wells Fargo Courier (uncredited)
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Phone Clerk (uncredited)
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Flynn's Man (uncredited)
Jason Ray ...
Businessman (uncredited)
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Pendergast Voter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Altman

Written by

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Robert Altman ... (written by) &
Frank Barhydt ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Altman ... producer
Scott Bushnell ... executive producer
James McLindon ... associate producer
Matthew Seig ... co-producer
David C. Thomas ... co-producer

Cinematography by

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Oliver Stapleton

Film Editing by

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Geraldine Peroni

Editorial Department

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Keiko Deguchi ... first assistant editor
Sheila MacDowell ... first assistant editor
Mike Mertens ... color timer
Pablo Prietto ... apprentice editor
William Yeh ... second assistant editor
John Marston ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Elisabeth Leustig

Production Design by

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Stephen Altman

Art Direction by

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Richard L. Johnson

Set Decoration by

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Susan Emshwiller ... (as Susan J. Emshwiller)

Costume Design by

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Dona Granata

Makeup Department

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Leslie Ann Anderson ... assistant hair stylist
Laurie Foglia ... assistant makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla ... assistant hair stylist
Vonda K. Morris ... assistant makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti ... key hair stylist
Micheline Trépanier ... key makeup artist (as Micheline Trepanier)
Cheryl Eckert ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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David C. Thomas ... unit production manager
John A. Amicarella ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Ascher ... dga trainee (as D. Laemmle Ascher)
David Bryant ... additional second assistant director
Stephen P. Dunn ... first assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
Alexandra E. Perce ... second assistant director
Christina Stauffer ... second second assistant director (as Tina Stauffer)

Art Department

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Matthew R. Altman ... lead man
Dawn Brown ... set designer
John Bucklin ... construction coordinator
Molly Click ... art department coordinator
David D. Connolly ... construction foreman
Jason Davis ... on-set dresser
Loretta Dungan ... sign painter
Jeni Edwards ... set dresser
Rick Evans ... property restoration
Stephen Goldblatt ... lead scenic
Ted Haigh ... assistant art director
Jane Harlow ... construction accountant
Phil Irwin ... set dresser
Geri Lamer ... draper
Ron Licari ... assistant property master
Anthony Maccario ... property master
Lisa Maria Miller ... on-set dresser
Shawna Mull ... sign painter
Jeff Owens ... construction coordinator (as Jeff T. Owens)
Daniel C. Rothenberg ... lead man
Robin L. Schillaci ... set dresser
Ken Smith ... second assistant property
Wayne Springfield ... construction foreman
Thomas R. Stiller ... set designer
Donna Leigh Tatum ... set dresser
Aaron Ali Tichenor ... set dresser
Naython Vane ... set dresser
Chandler Vinar ... set dresser
Jason Davis ... on set dresser (uncredited)
Don Foote ... signs painter (uncredited)
Allan B. Holt ... art department assistant (uncredited)
Robert Tanenbaum ... movie poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Catherine Calleson ... first assistant sound
Christopher Flick ... foley editor
Gary Gegan ... re-recording mixer
Michael Haight ... dialogue editor
Matthew Iadarola ... re-recording mixer
Richard King ... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer ... adr supervisor
Patricio A. Libenson ... sound effects editor (as Patricio Libenson)
James Matheny ... dialogue editor (as Jim Matheny)
John Pritchett ... production sound
Rocky Quiroz ... cable person
David M. Roberts ... boom operator
Joel Shryack ... assistant sound

Special Effects by

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Sam Barkan ... special effects coordinator
Bruce A. Strong ... special effects foreman

Stunts

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Michael Adams ... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Mark Fulks ... stunts
Steve Kelso ... stunt driver / stunts
Grady Walker ... stunts
Greg Walker ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Reed Altman ... camera operator
Eric D. Andersen ... additional camera operator
Mark Bracewell ... best boy electric
Roger Branit ... second assistant camera
Scotty Childers ... key rigging grip
Kevin Fahey ... grip (as Kevin J. Fahey)
Michael James Fahey ... best boy grip (as Michael J. Fahey)
Patrick C. Huerter ... film loader
Tommy Lohmann ... focus puller
Joseph Mandacina ... additional camera operator
Anthony T. Marra II ... key grip
Michael A. McFadden ... grip (as Mike McFadden)
David A. Parks ... electrician
Larry S. Prinz ... chief lighting technician (as Larry Prinz)
Eli Reed ... still photographer
Herbert A. Rook ... swing rigger
Roycee Schlotzhauer ... electrician
Ed Seaman ... electrician
Richard Speed ... electrician
Wayne Stroud ... dolly grip
James B. Walsh ... best boy rigging grip
Kevin Welsh ... electrician
Steven G. Fracol ... steadicam operator: fx shots (uncredited)
Edward Stencel ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Linda Baska ... casting assistant
William Sell ... casting assistant (as William J. Sell)
Peter Slowey ... casting assistant
Heather Laird ... casting: Kansas City (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amy Emmrich-Selby ... wardrobe production assistant
Mitzi Haralson ... set costumer
Tom Houchins ... costumer
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko ... assistant costume designer
Denise Martinez ... costume supervisor (as Denise L. Martinez)
Eleanor Patton ... costumer
Robin Roberts ... costumer
Barbara Ann Altman ... additional wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Rick Cowan ... location manager
John 'Fletch' Fletcher ... location assistant
Wendy Gray ... location manager
Jennifer Melching ... location assistant
Greg Ovard ... location manager
Scott Schudy ... assistant location manager
Scott Zipp ... location assistant
John Marston ... location projectionist: replacement (uncredited)

Music Department

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Steven Bernstein ... associate music producer
Charlie Bouis ... assistant music recording engineer
Eimear Bradbury ... music coordinator
Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor (as Sue Jacobs)
Eric Johnston ... music recording crew
Eric Liljestrand ... music mixer / music recordist
Butch Morris ... conductor
George Edward Regis ... legal: music
Hal Willner ... music producer

Transportation Department

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Dana Altman ... picture car coordinator
Oscar Beguiristain ... transportation captain
Patty Blake ... assistant coordinator office: transportation
Aneikit Bonnel ... driver
Ashley Fierman ... driver
Lance Hruza ... driver
Mark Hutman ... driver: art department
Gracie Klein ... driver
Sherry Koftan ... driver (as Sherry L. Koftan)
John McLaughlin ... driver (as John H. McLaughlin)
Kristi A. Medley ... picture car assistant
James L. Morris ... driver
Jan Overson ... driver
Terry R. Owens ... transportation coordinator
Joseph Taggert ... driver
Harry Taylor ... driver (as Harry C. Taylor)
Bubba Thrift ... driver

Other crew

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Carol Barta ... production liaison
Brandy Bauman ... lead scenic assistant
C. Jeanenne Bell ... jewelry consultant
Elizabeth A. Bergman ... third accountant
Rick Brainin ... caterer
Shawna Bridgman ... labor coordinator / material coordinator
Shannon Broderick ... set production assistant
Bonnie Cagle ... milliner/crafts
Julie Clark ... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Cole ... stitcher
Signe Corriere ... assistant: Robert Altman
Robert Dawson ... title designer
Martin L. Diggs ... set production assistant
John J. Drees ... set medic
Leon Ericksen ... set detailer
Gwen Everman ... production accountant (as Gwendolyn Everman)
Leigh French ... adr group coordinator
Christopher Godfrey ... office production assistant
Leslie Godfrey ... production coordinator (as Leslie D. Godfrey)
Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialogue coach
Laurene Hirschberg ... researcher
Frank Inn ... doberman supplier
Heather Jameson ... set production assistant
Shellie Jeffrey ... stitcher
Nancy Jones Wetmore ... milliner/crafts
Lorie Jones ... production secretary
Karl Knief ... set production assistant
Olivia Lewis ... stitcher
Jeff Maynard ... office production assistant
Carla Meyer ... dialogue coach
Cindy Miles ... stitcher
Karen Naser ... shop head
Joe Reif ... set production assistant
George Sheanshang ... legal: production
Karen S. Smith ... craft service
Carmen Soriano ... script supervisor
Mary Traylor ... stitcher
Dale Wibben ... custom made clothing: women
Whitney J. Willard ... assistant accountant
Robert Wojewodski ... milliner/crafts
Michael Altman ... projectionist (uncredited)
Julie Hansen ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Annjela Hynes-Porter ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Benjamin Meade ... production assistant (uncredited)
Leslie Jean Porter ... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Dylan Tichenor ... technical coordinator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did. See more »
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  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $2,500,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia "Kansas City" is partially based on a true incident. In 1933, Mary McElroy, the opium-addicted daughter of Henry McElroy, Kansas City's City Manager, was kidnapped from her home by a group of amateur kidnappers. After a $30,000 ransom was paid, Mary McElroy was released unharmed. Her four kidnappers were later caught and sentenced to life in prison. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in A Very Brady Sequel/She's the One/Kansas City/Girls Town/The Spitfire Grill (1996). See more »
Quotes Blondie O'Hara: Can I have my husband back now?
Seldom Seen: How do you want him, in a box or a sack?
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