Kansas City Poster

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005

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

Production Co: Sandcastle 5 Productions

Keywords: Pursuit, Cool, Underdog, Husband, Wife, 1930s, Tense, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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]

  • It's not a trip of ''Nashville'' sweep. In fact, it's closer to Dullsville. [13 May 1996]

  • Kansas City is a wonderful film, done with all Altman's offbeat virtuosity, maverick humor and creative daring -- plus the acid nip that runs through all his recent works. show more

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