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R| 1 hr. 55 min.

Plot Summary
Aspiring thief Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) messes with the wrong man when he attempts to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a Kansas City mob dynamo. Blondie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Johnny's wife, refuses to sit back and let Johnny be held captive, resulting in a scheme to abduct a prominent government official's wife (Miranda Richardson). Blondie's plan is to use the woman's political connections to free her husband, but it gets complicated when the two women form an unlikely bond.

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh , Miranda Richardson , Harry Belafonte , Michael Murphy , Dermot Mulroney , Steve Buscemi , Brooke Smith , Jane Adams

Director: Robert Altman

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Fine Line Features

Kansas City (1996)

Release Date: August 16th, 1996|1 hr. 55 min.

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  • It starts out with several seemingly separate stories and characters, allows them to tease, overlap and shade one another, and then weaves them into one rich fabric. It's an allegory about American life -- a tough, cynical meditation on race, crime and the futility of human endeavor. show more

  • Though the music is helping market the movie, it's really an omnipresent backdrop to the two intersecting stories. Audibly and visibly, Kansas City nearly equals Ed Wood for period verisimilitude. Yet it's also character-driven, in particular by the women stars. [16 Aug 1996, p.4D] show more

  • Robert Altman's Kansas City is a hollow period piece, a costume melodrama that's all jazzed up without a story to tell. [16 Aug 1996, p.4] show more

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