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Kansas City (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Aug 16, 1996
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 15, 2005

Budget $19,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, and for some violence and drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country USA, France

Studio CiBy 2000, Fine Line Features, Sandcastle 5

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Gangsters, Kidnapping, Scams And Cons, Period Piece, Disturbing, Satire

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

Plot: Robert Altman's hometown gets the director's signature treatment in this jazz-infused mobster tale set in the 1930s. KANSAS CITY takes place in the jazz-drenched, depression-era milieu of the eponymous city, focusing on a 24-hour relationship between two extremely different women. Trashy, brassy and uneducated Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is desperately searching for her equally lowlife husband Jack (Dermot Mulroney) who has been captured by the vicious Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte) after attempting to rob one of his casino’s greatest losers. In a move typical of her off-kilter personality, Blondie kidnaps Carolyn Stilton (Miranda Richardson), a rich, unhappy, drug-using socialite, and drags her around town as she searches for Jack. The experience these disparate women endure provides insight into themes Altman often explores in his films, including class differences, and the hypocrisy and delusion he finds extant in American culture. As in Altman’s prior films--notably NASHVILLE and SHORT CUTS--he includes a terrific musical backdrop to add depth to the story. Assembling a who’s who of modern jazz greats, KANSAS CITY captures perhaps some of the most invigorating musical performances that have been committed to celluloid, including an unforgettable tenor saxophone duel

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 Directed by
Robert Altman
Gosford Park, The Player, MASH
 Written by
Robert Altman
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Frank Barhydt
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
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Miranda Richardson
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Dermot Mulroney
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Steve Buscemi
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Brooke Smith
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Jane Adams
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Harry Belafonte
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