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193 Ratings

Kansas City

Directed by Robert Altman
France, United States, 1996
Crime, Drama, Thriller


On the eve of the municipal elections in 1934 Kansas City, a scrappy telegraph operator, Blondie O’Hara, has kidnapped wealthy Carolyn Stilton, a drug-addicted socialite wife married to an advisor to president Roosevelt.

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Kansas City Directed by Robert Altman

Critics reviews

The sets are great, and so is the 30s jazz, but the story of this Altman memory piece about his hometown, written with Frank Barhydt, is borderline terrible. It counts on the dubious premise that a gangster (Harry Belafonte) would fritter away a whole night deciding what to do with a thief who rips him off—thereby enabling the thief’s significant other to kidnap a society lady and Altman to crosscut to his heart’s content as he exposes the inner workings of a city on the eve of a local election.
July 23, 1996
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